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).

Iron Will Hike

“Iron Will” Hike at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.

2018 Visitation

684,191 Visitors to Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in 2018

Smoke and Fire

Prescribed burn at Cumberland Gap NHP

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Photos

Sun on the Cumberlands

Back Road Photography (Kevin W. Jerrell) posted a photo:

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.

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

Skylight Cave, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Virginia

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Skylight Cave, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Virginia

Down By the Fence

Back Road Photography (Kevin W. Jerrell) posted a photo:

Down By the Fence

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

KY100_9404 An Articulate Mtn Man

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KY100_9404 An Articulate Mtn Man

Daniel Boone- quite an articulate fellow

KY100_9462 Fern Lk Late PM From Pinnacle

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KY100_9462 Fern Lk Late PM From Pinnacle

KY100_9433 Fern Lk Late PM From Pinnacle

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KY100_9433 Fern Lk Late PM From Pinnacle

KY100_9437 Harrogate n Beyond

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KY100_9437 Harrogate n Beyond

KY100_9463 Fern Lk From Pinnacle Late PM

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KY100_9463 Fern Lk From Pinnacle Late PM

KY100_9445 Riding the Thermals

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KY100_9445 Riding the Thermals

KY100_9512 Fern Lk Thru the Trees Ft McCook

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KY100_9512 Fern Lk Thru the Trees Ft McCook

KY100_9434 The Compromise Line KY TN Border

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KY100_9434 The Compromise Line KY TN Border

KY100_9423 LMU Harrogate TN

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KY100_9423 LMU Harrogate TN

KY100_9402 My Immigrant Story

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KY100_9402 My Immigrant Story

My immigrant story thru the Gap into Kentucky.

KY100_9482 Blue Butterfly

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KY100_9482 Blue Butterfly

KY100_9415 KY TN Border From VA Late PM

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KY100_9415 KY TN Border From VA Late PM

KY100_9460 VA Farm BW

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KY100_9460 VA Farm BW

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_9439 Turkey Buzzard

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KY100_9439 Turkey Buzzard

KY100_9458 Strip Mines Above Middlesboro

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KY100_9458 Strip Mines Above Middlesboro

leaves some scars.