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Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

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.

—Alissa McMahon

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Hiker Joe

May 20, 2013

The hike from Chadwell Gap to the Hensley Settlement is a great hike to see the old way of life around the turn of the century. About 4 miles up-hill to the Ridge trail through mixed hardwood trees and with wild flowers throughout the hike. The settlement is like stepping back to a simple time in our history, in a beautiful mountain setting.

Tootsie

November 10, 2011

i have a pic of my daughter laying on the ground in all three states at the same time; virginia, tennessee, and kentucky. if you drive a few miles into virginia you can also visit wilderness road state park with a roaming buffalo herd.

Localhiker

November 10, 2011

The White Rocks--Sand Cave loop out of Ewing, VA is an incredible day hike! This park is also now the northern terminus of the Cumberland Trail.

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