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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.

  • Back the Bears!

    Support the park's "Back the Bears" campaign and help keep our bears wild and safe! More »

  • Cave Tour Alert!

    White Nose Syndrome is a disease that is killing bats in great numbers and has been found in park caves. While visiting Gap Cave please do not wear or bring anything that has been in other caves. Skylight Cave is currently closed.

Event Details

  • Everyday from 05/20/2012 to 10/31/2012

    Location: tours meet at the park visitor center | Map Time: 9:00 AM,1:30 PM Fee Information: $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors with a senior pass, $5.00 for children 12 and under Contact Name: visitor center Contact Phone Number: (606) 248-2817, extension 1075

Visit historic 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 of the trip date.

Visitors must be able to walk one mile through the settlement; comfortable clothing and walking shoes are a must.  Bring a light snack and drink for the 3 1/2 hour tour.