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Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

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At Cumberland Gap, the first great gateway to the west, follow the buffalo, the Native American, the longhunter, the pioneer... all traveled this route through the mountains into the wilderness of Kentucky. Modern day explorers and travelers stand in awe at this great gateway and the many miles of trails and scenic features found in the park.

Walk in the footsteps of early pioneers and Native Americans, visit the ruins of fortifications used in the Civil War, experience the life of an early mountain community...

Numerous buildings, structures, and programs provide opportunities to experience the past.

Things To Do

Discover rich history, spectacular overlooks, unique rock formations, cascading waterfalls, and an extensive trail system in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park's 24,000 acres.

Explore a hidden world found underground- inside the mountains! It is a world of darkness, with fantastic dripstone formations and strange animals who have adapted to the cave environment. Ranger led tours of Gap Cave are offered throughout the year.

The stories of early pioneers and settlers, Civil War Soldiers, and mountain communities come alive when visiting the numerous historic buildings and structures found in the park. Tours of the historic Hensley Settlement are offered from May through October.

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Operating Hours :The Visitor Center is open daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Visitor Center is closed on Christmas Day. Park grounds and picnic areas are open daily


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