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    Cumberland Gap

    National Historical Park KY,TN,VA

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  • No Hensley Tour on July 23

    There will be no Hensley tours offered on Wednesday, July 23 due to road maintenance associated with recent storms. Shillallah Creek road will remain open for hikers. Hikers should excercise caution when hiking. For more information call (606) 246-1075

  • 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.

Visitor Centers

Visitor Center

Visitor center

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The park visitor center is open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The visitor center is closed on Christmas Day.

Phone (606) 248-2817

Location
The Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Visitor Center is located on U.S. Highway 25E just south of Middlesboro, Kentucky.

The visitor center houses a museum with hands-on exhibits, book sales outlet, an auditorium featuring two films, and Cumberland Crafts, a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, which showcases handmade crafts from the region.

 
Cumberland Crafts

Cumberland Crafts, a member of the Southern Highland Crafts Guild

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The Guild features crafts from the nine states representing Appalachia and celebrates these crafts by hosting artisans. Especially on weekends, visitors might be able to chat with a weaver, a potter or a cooper. Or perhaps visitors might be able to see glass rods magically transformed into dazzling, glistening beads.

 

Also visit Eastern National's bookstore, the park's non-profit cooperating association, offering a variety of publications on the park's rich mosaic of cultural, natural and historical resources.

 
accesible

The park's visitor center complex is accessible, allowing for wheelchair use. Designated parking allows easy access to the building.

 

Daniel Boone Visitor Information Center

The Daniel Boone Visitor Information Center is located just off Highway 58 near the town of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee.

It is the location of the trailhead for the Wilderness Road. An outdoor pavillion features the sights and sounds of early travelers and pioneers.

Tickets for Gap Cave tours can be purchased at this location prior to departure.

Restroom facilities are on site.

Did You Know?

Pioneers cross Cumberland Gap

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.