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    Cumberland Gap

    National Historical Park KY,TN,VA

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  • 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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    Support the park's "Back the Bears" campaign and help keep our bears wild and safe! 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.

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?

President Richard Nixon

Vice President Richard Nixon visited Cumberland Gap on July 3, 1959 to commemorate the formal dedication of the park which took place the following day. While at the park he visited the scenic Pinnacle Overlook and attended festivities in the nearby town of Middlesboro, Kentucky.