Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Virginia

At Cumberland Gap, the first great gateway to the west, follow the buffalo, the Native American, the longhunter, the pioneer... all traveled this route through the mountains into the wilderness of Kentucky. Modern day explorers and travelers stand in awe at this great gateway and the many miles of trails and scenic features found in the park.

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Info



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Back the B.E.A.R.S. at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Spring arrival has brought with it the brilliant purple blooms of the redbuds, the enchanting red and yellow flowers of the wild columbine, the sweet aroma of the lily of the valley, the return of the scarlet tanager with its charming red and black hues….and hungry black bears. This is exactly why all should attend the April 6, 2019 “Back the B.E.A.R.S.” educational event being held at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (NHP).

“An Iron Will” Festival to Commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Newlee Iron Furnace

When visitors attend Cumberland Gap National Historical Park’s October 18 and 19 “An Iron Will” festival, they will step back in time and be able to immerse themselves in another fascinating chapter of the area’s rich history. Two hundred years ago in 1819, an iron furnace was built below what is known as Gap Cave, utilizing for its operation the stream from the cave.

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Superintendent

The National Park Service Southeast Regional Director Bob Vogel announced the selection of Charles Sellars as superintendent of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, located at the border junction of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. Sellars begins his work at the park late summer.

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Photos

Looking over the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky

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Looking over the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky

As I looked down from a mountain top in Virginia into Middlesboro, Kentucky, I thought the clouds this evening would completely block the setting sun so that I would not be able to photograph a colorful sunset. But it was after the sun set that the lighting became particularly exciting.

I'm standing on the Pinnacle Overlook at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. The low point in the black "V" below is the gap between a long mountain wall. This is the place where Daniel Boone found his entrance into Kentucky. A revolutionary war against the British would shortly commence. Civil war battles from the new Republic would later be fought on this very spot because of its vantage point. This pinnacle would trade hands between the Confederacy and Union several times. The city of Middlesboro, Kentucky, which sparkles below, would be incorporated in 1890. And the valley below that Middlesboro sits in? It is actually a meteor crater.

Pinnacle View Road

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Pinnacle View Road

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

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Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Overlooking Cumberland Gap, TN

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Overlooking Cumberland Gap, TN

as viewed from the overlook in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Down By the Fence

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Down By the Fence

This was taken at the Visitor's Center at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in Middlesboro, Ky.

Sun on the Cumberlands

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Sun on the Cumberlands

This shot was a bit past the "golden hour" of the morning. I had been taking photos down on lower elevations and decided on a whim to run up to the Pinnacle Overlook in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.

The city of Middlesboro, Ky. and Fern Lake are down under that blanket of fog. Kentucky is on the right side of the mountain and Tennessee is in the sunshine on the left. I was standing in Virginia.

Little Yellow Creek

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Little Yellow Creek

This is an area at the foot of Cumberland Mountain on the Kentucky side near the city of Middlesboro. It is in the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.

Walkway through Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

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Walkway through Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

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Skylight Cave, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Virginia

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Skylight Cave, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Virginia

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ca. 1981-1982, Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, USA --- Fog in the Cumberland Plateau --- Image by © David Muench/CORBIS

KY100_9445 Riding the Thermals

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KY100_9445 Riding the Thermals

KY100_9449 Where It Sits

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KY100_9449 Where It Sits

KY100_9494 Ft Lyon Above the Pinnacle

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KY100_9494 Ft Lyon Above the Pinnacle

KY100_9434 The Compromise Line KY TN Border

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KY100_9434 The Compromise Line KY TN Border

KY100_9436 Tipperell TN n Powell Valley Beyond

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KY100_9436 Tipperell TN n Powell Valley Beyond

KY100_9456 Looking Down on the Gap

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KY100_9456 Looking Down on the Gap

KY100_9403 Thus the 1st Western Expantion Begins

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KY100_9403 Thus the 1st Western Expantion Begins

One of my ancestors!

KY100_9417 Fern Lk Late PM

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KY100_9417 Fern Lk Late PM

KY100_9465 Liz n Laura Climbed This Earlier

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KY100_9465 Liz n Laura Climbed This Earlier

KY100_9462 Fern Lk Late PM From Pinnacle

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KY100_9462 Fern Lk Late PM From Pinnacle