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    Cumberland Gap

    National Historical Park KY,TN,VA

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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

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


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.


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?

Brigadier General Felix Zollicoffer

Civil War buffs will appreciate the fact that the famous Confederate Brigadier General Felix Zollicoffer personally supervised the construction of the earthen fortifications at Cumberland Gap.