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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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.
Backcountry campsites can be reserved up to three months in advance by calling the park visitor center at (606)248-2817.
Group camping is available with reservations.
Group campsites can be reserved up to three months in advance by calling (606)248-2817.
Special Use Permits
Providing opportunities for appropriate public enjoyment is an important part of the National Park Service mission. Approval of special uses of the park—unrelated to public enjoyment—may be allowed if not otherwise prohibited by law or regulation. However, the National Park Service can only allow uses that are:
A special park use is defined as an activity that takes place in a park area, and that:
Special Use Permit Application (180 KB)
Forms will only be accepted via U.S. Mail. Forms that have been faxed or e-mailed will not be accepted for consideration.
A non-refundable application fee is required:
$50.00 for filming and $25.00 for all other activities.
Additional administrative, location and/or cost recovery fees may also be charged.
Did You Know?
Although Cumberland Gap is designated a national historical park, 14,000 of its 24,000 acres have been proposed, and are managed, as wilderness.