Tri-State Peak Trail

Elevation Gain487ft
Trailhead Elevation1,641ft
Elevation Min/Max1636/1969ft
Elevation Start/End1641/1641ft

Tri-State Peak Trail

Tri-State Peak Trail is a hiking trail in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 1,641 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 487 feet. The trail ends near Tri-State Peak (elevation 1,798 feet). There is also a shelter near the end of the trail. This trail connects with the following: Wilderness Trail.

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Hiking Kentucky (Falcon Guides)
Michael H. Brown, Revised by Carrie L. Stambaugh
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"A short walk to the ridgetop spot where Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia meet plus stops at Cumberland Gap and two Civil War fort sites. The states of Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee meet just south of Cumberland Gap at a point on the Cumberland Mountain ridge named Tri-State Peak. The spot is marked by a small pavilion with a plaque for each of the states. This short outing takes you from the pleasantly funky town of Cumberland Gap through the Gap itself and up to Tri-State Peak, with additional stops at the earthen remains of two Civil War forts. This short hike is a chance to follow literally in history’s footsteps."

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The great thing about this trail is the history that it represents. This trail leaves the Wilderness Trail which was the Wilderness Road 100 years ago. A major highway had been built over the Wilderness Road that went over the Cumberland Gap. They removed the road and rerouted autos through a new tunnel that was built nearby in 1996 restoring the path as near to its' original landscaping as possible that was actually formed by buffalos moving from one side of the mountain range to the other. At the top of the Tri-State Peak Trail you can be in all 3 states at once with one foot. Cool. It's not difficult and the views are limited, but the history makes it more than worthwhile.

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Trail Information

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
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USGS Middlesboro South (KY/VA/TN)
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