Cumberland Gap National Historic Park is named for the geologic feature that allowed many Native Americans and early pioneers to cross from the eastern U.S. into the “untamed” west. While the historic Gap is not opened to vehicles, one can look out across the mountains and imagine what a challenge crossing the Gap would have been for Native Americans and early pioneers alike.
Although a National Historic Park, Cumberland Gap offers its visitors a variety of activities. Hiking trails abound, of which the diversity is amazing; hikers access laurel thickets, views of Fern Lake, and the magnificent Sand Cave. Visitors can also travel underground to explore Gap Cave and the wonders that lay within. For the history buffs, visitors can explore the historic structures or take a guided tour of Hensley’s Settlement. Whether you are drawn to the history or the natural wonders, Cumberland Gap National Historic Park is truly one of nation’s treasures.