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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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Plan Your Visit

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Visitor center

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Operating Hours & Seasons
The visitor center is open daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The visitor center is closed on Christmas Day.

Park grounds and picnic areas are open daily. The road leading to the Pinnacle Overlook may be closed periodically due to inclement weather, including ice, snow, and lightning.

 

Getting There

Plane
The closest major airport is located in Knoxville, Tennessee
approximately 85 miles away.
Flights can also be made into the Lexington, Kentucky airport approximately 130 miles away.

Car
For use of GPS, the park visitor center is located near the junction of highway 25E and Cumberland Avenue in Middlesboro, Kentucky. The park address is 91 Bartlett Park Road, Middlesboro, Kentucky 40965. The park address does not always work with many GPS units. Using other search functions such as intersections or cities often yields better results. Many signs along area roads and highways provide accurate direction to the park.
GPS coordinates to park visitor center: N 36 36.570, W 83 38.298

Visitors traveling on Interstate 75 in Kentucky should exit on 25E at Corbin. Cumberland Gap is located 50 miles southeast of Corbin on Highway 25E.

Visitors traveling on Interstate 75 in Tennesseee should exit on Highway 63 at Jacksboro/Lafollette. Proceed east on Highway 63 to Highway 25E then north on Highway 25E approximately 2 miles to Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.Visitors traveling on Interstate 81 in Tennessee should exit on Highway 25E at Morristown, Tennessee. The park is located 50 miles northwest on Highway 25E.

The park can also be accessed from Virginia by traveling west on Highway 58 to its intersection with Highway 25E in Tennessee.



Public Transportation
There is no public transportation in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.



Getting Around
Leaving the visitor center, park visitors can drive a winding four-mile-long road up to the Pinnacle Overlook (elevation 2,440 feet) for a spectacular view into Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee. The road is closed to vehicles 20 feet or longer in length.

When park staff is available, shuttles to the Pinnacle Overlook can be arranged; cost is $5.00 per person.

Inquiries can be made at the park visitor center or by calling (606)248-2817.

Almost 85 miles of hiking trails meander through eastern deciduous forest in this 24,000 acre national park. Distances range from a 1/4-mile loop trail to the 21-mile-long Ridge Trail.

 

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...