Visitor Centers

A sidewalk along a split rail fence leads up to a large building surrounded by trees.
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Main Visitor Center.

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We look forward to welcoming you to Cumberland Gap National Historical Park!

Main Park Visitor Center

Start your visit at the main park visitor center, located along U.S. Highway 25E just south of Middlesboro, Kentucky. Walk beneath huge indoor 'trees' and into the museum to explore exhibits and artifacts. Peruse items for sale in the gift shop operated by America's National Parks. Pass by the black bear exhibit as you walk or take the elevator up to the second floor to view the park film. Check out Civil War era cannons in front of the visitor center and on the second floor balcony. Enjoy the garden, picnic area, and 18th century style 'Tavern' outside. Take a stroll on the accessible Fitness Trail. It's a great way to kick off your visit and get maps, brochures, information, snacks, and souvenirs!

The main visitor center is open from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. daily except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. It is located along U.S. Highway 25E just south of Middlesboro, Kentucky. Service animals are welcome. Call (606)248-2817 for information or directions.

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Explore the history, wildlife, habitat, geology, and other wonders of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in our gift shop! The gift shop is operated by America's National Parks, an official non-profit partner dedicated to supporting the educational mission of the National Park Service. Located inside the main visitor center, the gift shop offers a wide range of books, media, educational games, and other items for sale. You can also shop online. For information about items in the gift shop or to place an order by mail, call (606) 248-7606.



The main visitor center complex is accessible to visitors using wheelchairs. Visitors can go up to the second floor using stairs or an elevator. Restrooms are accessible. Service animals are permitted wherever visitors are allowed. Designated parking provides close access to the building. A portion of Fitness Trail, which begins from the visitor center parking area, is paved and accessible.


Daniel Boone Visitor Information Center

The Daniel Boone Visitor Information Center is located just off Highway 58 near the town of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. This center may not be staffed. You can find accessible restrooms, information, and parking here. An outdoor pavilion features exhibits about early travelers to the Cumberland Gap.

The trailhead for Wilderness Road is located at Daniel Boone Visitor Information Center. From here you can hike to the historic Cumberland Gap or all the way over to the Iron Furnace. Guided tours to Gap Cave also meet here. A long boardwalk connects the parking area to the town of Cumberland Gap.

Last updated: November 14, 2023

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Mailing Address:

91 Bartlett Park Road
Middlesboro, KY 40965


606 248-2817

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