Mountain Gateway

Cumberland Gap was the first great gateway to the west. Come follow the path of bison, Native Americans, longhunters, and pioneers. Walk where 300,000 people crossed the Appalachians to settle America. Explore 85 miles of trails and 14,000 acres of wilderness. Stand in 3 states at once. Explore a cave, see Hensley Settlement, or camp under the stars. Come find your connection to Cumberland Gap.

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Cumberland Gap

Follow the footsteps of bison, Native Americans, Daniel Boone, and others across the Gap.

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Gap Cave

Journey with a guide and explore Gap Cave.

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Mountain Views

Excite the senses and experience central Appalachia through scenic vistas, cascading waterfalls, lush forests, and remote wilderness.

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Hensley Settlement

Stroll among the pastoral landscapes and hand-hewn cabins of the historic Hensley Settlement, located high atop Brush Mountain.

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Camp at Wilderness Road Campground, which has both electric and non-electric sites, or in the backcountry.

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Guided Tours and Ranger programs

Join a variety of Ranger-led programs about the history and natural beauty of Cumberland Gap.

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Hiking and Backpacking

Explore nearly 85 miles of hiking trails.

Last updated: February 26, 2024

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91 Bartlett Park Road
Middlesboro, KY 40965


606 248-2817

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