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    Cumberland Gap

    National Historical Park KY,TN,VA

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Back the Bears!

    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.

Volunteer - Be Part of a Dedicated Team!

park volunteers

In 2013, volunteers at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park donated over 37,000 hours of their time and are a valuable part of our park team!

Volunteers staff visitor information areas, serve as campground hosts, provide interpretation and living history, conduct research, perform maintenance, and patrol park trails.

Park volunteers' skills complement park staff skills and include: communication, carpentry, general maintenance, photography, outdoor skills, teaching ability, global positioning systems (GPS), computer skills, science background, genealogy, or just a desire to work in a positive, fulfilling environment!

park volunteer teaches visitors about the mountain dulcimer

Park volunteer Terry Lewis conducts dulcimer workshop

Volunteers assist with numerous special programs and activities here at the park including: tours of the historic Hensley Settlement, living history demonstrations, photography workshops, tours of spectacular Gap Cave, and music programs.

If you would like to become part of our incredible team here at Cumberland Gap please fill out a volunteer application and send to:

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
Volunteer Coordinator
91 Bartlett Park Road
Middlesboro, KY 40965

For more information please call (606) 248-2817.

volunteers conducting bear research
Volunteers assist scientists in the park with numerous research projects

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.