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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.

Guided Tours

At 65 feet tall, the Pillar of Hercules towers over visitors to Gap Cave.

Gap Cave

Photo by Robert J. Cetera

Gap Cave Tours (formerly known as Cudjo's Cave)

Alert! A disorder known as White-Nose Syndrome is killing hundreds of thousands of bats throughout the eastern United States and has been found in park caves. Evidence suggests that the fungus that causes the disorder may possibly be spread by humans who venture into different caves. Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing that have not been in other caves or footwear and clothing that have been properly decontaminated. more...

Link to White Nose Syndrome information site

Bats In Crisis videos

Join park rangers on an exciting two-hour adventure exploring this majestic underground cathedral! Discover glistening stalagmites and flowstone cascades, or catch a glimpse of a bat.

The moderately strenuous, 1.5 mile tour explores four levels of the cave via 183 steps. The tour includes a 1 mile hike along the historic Wilderness Road. For the safety of all, no children under the age of five are permitted. Appropriate hiking footwear is required. No sandals or open toed shoes are allowed.

Meet at the Daniel Boone parking area. Tickets must be purchased at least 15 minutes in advance.

Tour has limited capacity. Reservations are recommended and can be made up to one month in advance by calling the park visitor center at (606) 248-2817.

Prices
Adults - $8.00
Visitors with Golden Age, Interagency Senior Pass or Access Pass - $4.00
Children five through twelve - $4.00

2014 Schedule
January 1 - March 29
Weekends only 10:00 am and 2:00 pm
March 30 - May 24
Weekdays - 10:00 am, Weekends - 10:00 am and 2:00 pm
May 25 - August 30
Daily at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm
August 31 - Nov 30
Weekdays - 10:00 am, Weekends - 10:00 am and 2:00 pm

 
Weathered log cabins greet visitors to Hensley Settlement.

Hensley Settlement Tours

Join park rangers and step into the past at the historic Hensley Settlement on top of Brush Mountain. Stroll down fence-lined lanes, step into the blacksmith's shop, look into the springhouse and sit in the one-room schoolhouse. The Hensley Settlement was established in 1904 by Sherman Hensley and was occupied until 1951. The historic buildings remain and can be visited on this 3 1/2 to 4 hour tour.

The tour departs from the visitor center and involve a shuttle ride to the settlement. For the one mile walk through the settlement, comfortable walking shoes and clothing are a must. Bring a light snack and drink.

Tour has limited capacity. Reservations are recommended and can be made up to one month in advance by calling the park visitor center at (606) 248-2817.

Prices
Adults- $10.00
Visitors with Golden Age, Interagency Senior Pass or Access Pass - $5.00
Children under the age of 12 - $5.00

2014 Schedule
May 11 - October 31
Daily at 9:30 am

Did You Know?

Wheelchair Accessible Symbol

Designated sites at the park’s Wilderness Road Campground are fully accessible. These sites feature hardened surfaces, increased fire grate height and wheelchair-friendly picnic tables. Many of the park's other facilities are fully accessible as well! More...