Guided Tours

Interior view of Gap Cave with stalagmites and stalactites
Gap Cave

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Gap Cave Tours (formerly known as Cudjo's Cave)

Alert! A disorder known as White-Nose Syndrome is killing hundreds of thousands of bats throughout the eastern United States and has been found in park caves. Evidence suggests that the fungus that causes the disorder may possibly be spread by humans who venture into different caves. Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing that have not been in other caves or footwear and clothing that have been properly decontaminated. more...

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Join park rangers on an exciting two-hour adventure exploring this majestic underground cathedral! Discover glistening stalagmites and flowstone cascades, or catch a glimpse of a bat.

  • April 20 - May 14: Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 10 a.m.
  • May 15 - August 31: Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m.
  • September 1 - September 31: Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
How to participate in a Gap Cave Tour:
  • REQUIRED! Make a reservation, by noon the day before desired tour date
  • Come to visitor center and pay for your tour at least 30 minutes before your tour starts
  • Meet at Daniel Boone Parking and Exhibit Area at least 15 minutes before your tour starts
Important things to know for a safe and enjoyable Gap Cave Tour:
  • Tours consist of 1.5 miles of moderately strenuous exploration of 3 cave levels via 183 stairs
  • Wear closed toe, closed heel, comfortable shoes
  • Visitors with health or mobility concerns should carefully consider their limitations
  • Children OVER the age of five can join the tour
  • If no reservations have been booked by noon the day before the tour, it will be cancelled
  • Reservations can be made up to 1 month in advance by calling the visitor center at 606-248-2817
  • Tours are limited to 20 people
  • Tours are subject change due to inclement weather, or other unforeseen circumstances
  • Those who have Covid 19 symptoms or have been exposed to someone with symptoms should not participate in the tour
Ticket prices:
  • Adults - $8.00
  • Interagency Senior Pass - $4.00
  • Interagency Access Pass - $4.00
  • Children ages five through twelve - $4.00
Weathered log cabins greet visitors to Hensley Settlement.

Hensley Settlement Tours

Join park rangers and step into the past at the historic Hensley Settlement on top of Brush Mountain. Stroll down fence-lined lanes, step into the blacksmith's shop, look into the springhouse and sit in the one-room schoolhouse. The Hensley Settlement was established in 1903 by Sherman Hensley and was occupied until 1951. The historic buildings remain and can be visited on this 3 1/2 to 4 hour tour.

The tour departs from the visitor center and involves a shuttle ride to the settlement. For the one mile walk through the settlement, comfortable walking shoes and clothing are a must. Bring a light snack and drink.

Tour has limited capacity. Reservations are recommended and can be made up to one month in advance by calling the park visitor center at (606) 248-2817.

Adults- $10.00
Visitors with Golden Age, Interagency Senior Pass or Access Pass - $5.00
Children under the age of 12 - $5.00

Last updated: April 14, 2022

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91 Bartlett Park Road
Middlesboro , KY 40965


606 248-2817

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