Firewood Regulations: only heat-treated firewood that is bundled and certified by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) or a state agency may be brought into the park. Campers may also collect dead and down wood found in the immediate vicinity of campgrounds and picnic areas.

Certified heat-treated firewood is packaged and clearly marked with a state or federal seal. Heat-treated wood is available from private businesses in the local community. Visit for a map of local stores and businesses that sell certified firewood. Learn more about exotic insects and firewood

Wilderness Road Campground

All sites must be reserved and paid for through the Wilderness Road Campground page or by calling 1-877-444-6777. You can also download mobile app to book and pay for your site.

Location & Site Details

The Wilderness Road Campground is located approximately 3 miles from the park visitor center off of Highway 58 in Virginia. It has 160 sites in a beautiful wooded setting.

  • Address
    • 854 National Park Road, Ewing, VA.
    • GPS Coordinates: 83 37 58.12 W and 36 36 15.12 N
  • Site Info
    • 20, 30 and 50 amp electrical hookups are available at 41 of the sites.
    • Hot showers and potable water are located in the comfort stations.
    • A dump station is located near the campground entrance.
    • Camp sites are easily accessed along paved loop roads.
    • Most sites require backing, site C4 is a pull through site.
  • Capacity: Eight people, four tents, and two cars maximum per site.

Camping Fees

  • $18.00 per night per site for tent sites with no electricity,
  • $24.00 per night per site for electrical hookup,

All sites are one-half price for Senior Pass and Access Pass holders.

Group Camping

Group camp sites are available. Cost is $39.00 per night per site.
Make group campsite reservations online or call 1-877-444-6777.


Please be aware of bears! Bears are active in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. All food must be properly stored in a vehicle when not in use and garbage must be properly stored or disposed of in park bear proof containers. Learn more about wildlife in Cumberland Gap

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Backcountry Camping
Backcountry trails lead to remote, wilderness areas. Backcountry camping is allowed in designated sites with a permit. Permits are free of charge and must be obtained at the park visitor center.

Note: The following information will be needed when obtaining a backcountry permit:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Contact Telephone number (in case of emergency)
  • Itinerary including number of people in party and number of horses
  • Information for any vehicles which will be left in the park (tag number, description, owner information)

Please be aware of bears! Bears are active in the backcountry. All food must be properly stored using approved bear proof containers or elevated to a height of at least 10 feet. Please report any bear activity to a park ranger or by calling the park visitor center at (606) 248-2817. more...

Reservations for backcountry campsites can be made up to three months in advance by calling the park visitor center at (606) 248-2817.

Your safety in the backcountry is important. Please see the following safety information to assist you in being prepared for your trip. Visit the park visitor center for more specific information including maps, trail conditions, water availability, etc.

For more information call the park visitor center at (606) 248-2817.

Last updated: January 16, 2024

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91 Bartlett Park Road
Middlesboro, KY 40965


606 248-2817

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