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.
Shuttle to Hensley Settlement
There will be no shuttle or tour to Hensley Settlement on August 10, 2014. Tours on other days will continue to be offered as scheduled. For questions and more information please call the park visitor center at (606) 248-2817, extension 1075.
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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.
The park visitor center houses a museum with interactive exhibits, book sales outlet, auditorium with 2 high definition films, and Cumberland Crafts which showcases handmade crafts from the region. The visitor center is fully accessible with designated parking and an elevator.
The park visitor center is open daily from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. It is closed on Christmas day.
Two high definition films are shown throughout the day in the visitor center auditorium. Both films are closed captioned.
The story of the early pioneers' and settlers' migration west through Cumberland Gap comes to life in the high definition film Daniel Boone and the Westward Movement. This film lasts 23 minutes.
The Cumberland Gap takes a close look at the fantastic natural and historical features found in the park. It is a great orientation to the park and its many facets. This film lasts 11 minutes.
Eastern National Bookstore
The book sales outlet in the visitor center carries a number of books, souvenirs, games, postcards, and numerous other items related to the park and its many stories.
Hand made items from the region can be found at Cumberland Crafts. Throughout the year, artisans demonstrate their techniques. Cumberland Crafts is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, an educational, non-profit organization which focuses on bringing together crafts and crafts people of the mountain region for the benefit of education and awareness.
Did You Know?
Vice President Richard Nixon visited Cumberland Gap on July 3, 1959 to commemorate the formal dedication of the park which took place the following day. While at the park he visited the scenic Pinnacle Overlook and attended festivities in the nearby town of Middlesboro, Kentucky.