Increase in camping rates at the Wilderness Road campground
Effective June 1, 2013, camping rates will increase. Tent sites will increase to $14.00 per night and RV sites with electrical hookup will increase to $20.00 per night. Group camp sites will increase to $35.00 per night.
Special Program offered in place of Hensley tour on June 16
The regularly scheduled Hensley tour will not be offered on June 16 but will be replaced by a special Father's Day program. The road to the Hensley Settlement will be open to visitors and living history demonstrations will be offered. 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.
Civil War Event Cancelled
Invisible Souls: Behind the Veil of the Civil War, a special event showcasing stories of the Civil War October 4, 5, and 6, 2013 has been cancelled. Please call the park visitor center at (606) 248-2817, extension 1075 for more information.
Hikers enjoy the backcountry
Backcountry campsites are located throughout the park and require a backcountry use permit, which must be picked up in person at the visitor center. Backcountry permits are free of charge.
Backcountry campsites can be reserved up to three months in advance by calling (606)248-2817.
$30.00 - Day
Group camping is available with reservations. For groups over 30 individuals, each additional person is $1.00
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?
Gap Cave has also been called: King Solomon's Cave, Soldier's Cave, and Cudjo's Cave! The cave was originally referred to as "Gap Cave" because of its proximity to the Gap. When early pioneers saw the cave they knew they were about to cross the mountains into the wilderness of Kentucky.