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Published Dec 15, 2022 



You may visit the 14,000-acre Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, which stretches over the borders of three states (Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia) and creates a natural corridor across the Appalachian Mountains. There was a natural corridor formed between the mountains dordle that was initially utilized by migratory animals and then by Native Americans for commerce. Settlers, led by the illustrious Daniel Boone, took advantage of the opening on their way west.


The chasm was created by a combination of geological processes, including as plate tectonics, a massive meteorite, and a roaring river, all occurring fewer than 300 million years ago.


Visitors now come to explore the park's 85 miles of trails, to stand in three states at once, to explore the caverns and tunnels below ground, and to take advantage of the dark skies for stargazing. Information for organizing a trip is provided below. Take a guided tour of the Hensley Settlement, which has been a part of the park since it was founded in 1903, to become oriented at the outset of your visit. The price for this four-and-a-half to five-hour excursion is ten dollars.


Those in search of excitement may take a guided tour of the park's subterranean caverns at Gap Cave. This route takes you through caverns adorned with stalagmites, bats, and flowstone cascades (a deposit generated by water cascading down cave walls). Call (606) 248-2817 up to a month in advance to reserve your spot on the $8 Gap Cave tour.


There are 85 miles of trails in the park that stretch across three states and lead to breathtaking waterfalls and panoramas if you don't feel like taking a tour (note: Pinnacle Overlook has the best views over Cumberland Gap). There are short, guided strolls as well as multi-day wilderness hikes within the network's 85 kilometers of paths. The Ridge Trail, which is 21 miles long, is the park's most famous path. More than 150 different kinds of birds may be seen at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, in addition to foxes, bears, deer, bobcats, and many other animals. It's a dog-friendly park, but your pooch must be on a leash at all times.

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