Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Middlesboro

#7 of 60 in Nature in Kentucky
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The Cumberland Gap National Historical Park is a United States National Historical Park located at the border between Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia, centered on the Cumberland Gap, a natural break in the Appalachian Mountains.

The park lies in parts of Bell and Harlan counties in Kentucky, Claiborne County in Tennessee, and Lee County in Virginia. The park contains the Kentucky-Virginia-Tennessee tri-state area, accessible via trail.
The town of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee is located inside of the park's territory.
The Cumberland Gap Visitor Center is located on U.S. Highway 25E just southeast of the city of Middlesboro, Kentucky, and just northwest of the Cumberland Gap Tunnel and the town of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. The visitor center features a museum with interactive exhibits about the Gap's role as a transportation corridor, an auditorium that shows films about the area's cultural and natural history, a book store and the Cumberland Crafts gift shop with crafts from Appalachia.
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  • We hit up Cumberland Gap NHP on the way home from visiting the Great Smoky Mountains NP. I actually enjoyed Cumberland Gap more and wish we had had more time there. Fewer people than the Smokies...  more »
  • Had a day free with my 8 yo while my older daughter toured Lincoln Memorial University. We found lots of easy walking and short hikes. The scenic overlook is spectacular. We drove up but you can...  more »
  • Great little stop that kinda just popped up on our GPS on the way to the Smokey Mountains. Well worth the stop to check out and enjoy some hiking in nature, if you like that kinda thing. :) Its also part of the hike to the Tri-State point where you can be in Kentucky Tennessee and Virginia at once.
  • Had a very pleasant and informative time here at the National Park Visitors Center then a drive to the Pinnacle Overlook. Amazing scenery. Love reading about the history. Could spend a whole day or even more in the area. Lovely spot.

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