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    Cumberland Gap

    National Historical Park KY,TN,VA

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  • No Cave Tours or Hensley Tours on September 27

    There will be no Gap Cave or Hensley Settlement tours offered on September 27, 2014 due to special Heritage Walk program. For more information please call the park visitor center at (606) 248-2817, extension 1075.

  • Sugar Run Trail Closed to Horses

    The Sugar Run Trail is temporarily closed to horse use due to the number of fallen trees as a result of recent storms. The trail is still open for hikers, but hikers should use caution.

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    Location: Tours depart from the visitor center | Map Time: 9:30 AM Fee Information: $10.00 adults, $5.00 seniors with a senior pass, $5.00 children 12 and under Contact Name: vistitor center Contact Phone Number: (606) 248-2817, extension 1075

Visit Hensley Settlement for a nostalgic look into early 20th century Appalachia. Meander down fence-lined lanes, peek into the blacksmith's shop, look into the springhouse or sit in the one room school. In 1904, Sherman Hensley and Willie Gibbons joined forces to establish a homestead on the mountaintop. Using hand tools to split chestnut logs, the settlers began to build homes. Fences surrounded the cleared land, creating pastures and garden plots. A thriving community soon emerged. The land, suitable for raising sheep and growing crops for liquid spirits, supported the community of twelve farmsteads for more than forty years.

Reservations are recommended and can be made up to one month in advance. All tours depart from the visitor center.

Visitors must be able to walk one mile through the settlement. Comfortable walking shoes and clothing are a must. Feel free to bring a light snack and drink.