Cumberland Gap National Historical Park abounds with a variety of animal and plant life. With a wide diversity of habitats the park is home to at least forty species of mammals. Most mammals in the parks are nocturnal and those that are active during daylight hours are often secretive. Generally, it is best to look for animals in the early morning or just before sunset when many animals are most active and most visable. Almost every visitor will see some of the more noticable, including white-tailed deer and gray squirrels along roadsides and trails.
Black bears are rarely seen by visitors, but are increasing in numbers in the park. The most opportunistic mammals-racoons and opossums-are common in campgrounds and picnic areas. Other animals, such as the indiana bat, are threatened or endangered.
All are protected in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. Please observe wildlife safely and responsibly.