Cumberland Gap National Historic Park

Lying within the 24,000-acre Cumberland Gap National Historical Park near the borders of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia, is Cumberland Gap, a natural notch and passageway through the Appalachian Mountains, known as the first great gateway to the West since Daniel Boone blazed a trail through it in 1775. Cumberland Gap offers exceptional outdoor experiences, such as scenic hiking, deep cave exploring, breathtaking views, historic landmarks, abundant wildlife viewing and even a pioneer settlement village.

Enjoy more than 80 miles of amazing hiking and walking trails ranging from easy to strenuous in difficulty, 1/4-mile to 21 miles-long, including park ranger-led hikes. Surrounded by the pristine Appalachian Mountains, you’re likely to spot free-ranging wildlife such as deer, beaver, and over 150 bird species. Trek up to the half-mile high Pinnacle Overlook (shuttles available) and look out simultaneously across the gorgeous sweeping expanse of three states. Descend four levels deep (183 steps) into the cavernous Gap Cave and discover towering stalagmites and beautiful underground flowstone cascades (guided tours available). Learn about Cumberland Cap’s role in our national heritage at the still-standing Civil War fortifications and the Hensley Settlement, established in 1901, featuring remnants of the original blacksmith shop, springhouse, and existing one-room schoolhouse. And plan to stay at one of more than 150 open and wooded backcountry campsites, RV and trailer campgrounds (electrical hookups and hot water provided), or one of the numerous Bed & Breakfast options nearby.

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