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Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

91 Bartlett Park Road, Middlesborough, Kentucky 40965 USA

Free to Visit
Closed Now
Opens Sat 8a
  • Independent
  • Public
  • Outdoor
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“The first gateway to the West”

Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, the first gateway to the West, is a place for modern day pioneers and adventure seekers to follow in the footsteps of the country's earliest settlers. 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. Today, visitors are continually in awe at the miles and miles of trails and scenic features the park has to offer. There are over 85 miles of trails in the park, ranging in length and difficulty. Backcountry camping is also available with a free permit and photographers, from all skill levels, appreciate the numerous opportunities to view wildlife and plant life in their undisturbed state. You are sure to find something of interest at Cumberland Gap; come experience why visitors to the park continue to return year after year in search of adventure.

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  • 15 Helpful
April 08, 2018
Rated 4.0

Insanely impressed with this park. Tons of beautiful views. Tons of history. Tons of trails. Tons (well 3) of states coming together in one spot. Some areas can only be hiked to, some only by guided tours, some you can only drive to once a year, and some you can enjoy whenever you darn well please.

Be sure to drive to the 2,440 ft tall Pinnacle overlook to take it all in. No trailers or vehicles over 20 ft are allowed on the road up, and for good reason, as it is steep and oh so curvy.

Also camped here ($20 for electric site, $10 with senior or access pass) and it was one of nicest campgrounds we have been to in a long time. Level cement pads with decent privacy, soaring trees, mountain views, and definitely the nicest campground shower house (with HOT water) that we have seen recently.

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April 19, 2016

A beautiful view at pinnacle point. The trails looked well kept and it was nice to bring our dog on the trails too.

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March 27, 2016
Rated 5.0

Walking in Daniel Boone's steps, seeing the Gap, and my boys loved standing in 3 states at once. This was the beginning of our KY road trip. Great way to start.

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February 28, 2016
Rated 5.0

Love the scenery and there is nothing like there view on the mountain called the pinnacle.

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August 05, 2015
Rated 5.0

This was a great opportunity to walk in Daniel Boone's footsteps and learn some history as a family. Terrific short trails & excellent junior ranger book for kids to earn their badge. National Park Rangers were very helpful. Kids LOVED standing in three states at once. How cool is that?!? So did their parents. Fun to "race" from state to state. I would have liked to have spent more time here. The visitor center had lots of great info too.

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Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

91 Bartlett Park Road
Middlesborough, Kentucky
40965 USA


Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

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Good for hiking and wildlife viewing.

  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Outdoor Seating
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