Cumberland Gap

Middlesboro, Virginia

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Talk about historic hikes! This trek, at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, traces the route used by man and beast for millennia, working their way from the East into what became Kentucky. Made famous by Daniel Boone, the passage through Cumberland Gap follows the “Wilderness Road,” now restored to its original appearance. You will walk a foot trail, tracing Daniel’s steps to and through the actual Cumberland Gap, marked by a memorial. Your return trip leads past Cumberland Furnace, an iron-making operation, as well as Gap Cave, which also figure in the history of this mountainous land where Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky come together.

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"Talk about historic hikes! This trek, at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, traces the route used by man and beast for millennia, working their way from the East into what became Kentucky. Made famous by Daniel Boone, the passage through Cumberland Gap follows the “Wilderness Road,” now restored to its original appearance.

You will walk a foot trail, tracing Daniel’s steps to and through the actual Cumberland Gap, marked by a memorial. Your return trip leads past Cumberland Furnace, an iron-making operation, as well as Gap Cave, which also figure in the history of this mountainous land where Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky come together."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Middlesboro
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2.5- 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, 91 Bartlett Park Rd., Middlesboro, KY 40965; (606) 248-2817; www.nps.gov/cuga
Local Maps: Cumberland Gap National Historical Park; USGS Middlesboro South
Driving Directions: Directions to Cumberland Gap

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