Backcountry campsites can be reserved up to three months in advance by calling the park visitor center at (606)248-2817.
Special Use Permits
Providing opportunities for appropriate public enjoyment is an important part of the National Park Service mission. Approval of special uses of the park—unrelated to public enjoyment—may be allowed if not otherwise prohibited by law or regulation. However, the National Park Service can only allow uses that are:
The following activities may require a Special Use Permit at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park:
Completed applications, along with a non-refundable $200.00 application fee, must be received by the park no less than 45 days prior to the start of the event. The fee covers the cost of administering the permit request and must be submitted with the application in the form of check or money order made payable to the "National Park Service". Additional fees for costs incurred by the National Park Service, such as event monitoring, may also apply.
You will receive a response regarding your application within two weeks of receipt.
For more information regarding Special Use Permits, or if you have any question as to whether or not one is required for your activity, please call (606) 248-2817, or email - with "Special Use Permits" as the subject.
Last updated: March 29, 2022