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.
Cumberland Gap Tip Line
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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?
Between 1775 and 1810 some 300,000 settlers crossed Cumberland Gap and began settling the land west of the Appalachians. These brave pioneers were following dreams of prosperity in the wilderness of Kentucky.