Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where is the best place to view the Cumberland Gap?

A: The Pinnacle Overlook offers a panoramic view of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia and a view of the Cumberland Gap from above. It is a fantastic place for photographs! The Wilderness Road Trail is accessible from several locations and goes through the historic gap.


Q: Do tours still visit the historic "Cudjo's Cave?"

A: Yes! Gap Cave has gone by many names over the years, including Cudjo's Cave. Tours visit the historic cave seasonally, starting in April and ending in September. Reservations for the tours can be made up to one month in advance by calling the park visitor center at (606) 248-2817.


Q: Are electrical hookups available at campsites in the Wilderness Road Campground?

A: Yes. 41 of the sites in the campground have electrical service. 30 amp and 50 amp service is available. Heated showers and water are available at the comfort stations and a dump station is located near the campground entrance.

Q: Can the campsites at the Wilderness Road campground be reserved?

A: Yes. All sites must be reserved and paid for through To book a campsite, go to the Wilderness Road Campground page or call 1-(877)-444-6777. You can also download mobile app to book and pay for your site.


Q: Is camping allowed in other areas of the park?

A: Camping is allowed at designated backcountry campsites throughout the park. A backcountry permit is required and can be obtained at the park visitor center for free!

Q: Is lodging available in the park?

A: There are no accomodations in the park. Lodging is available in the nearby towns of Middlesboro, KY; Cumberland Gap, TN; and Tazewell, TN.

Q: Is there horseback riding in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park?

A: While there are no commercial facilities that offer horseback riding in the park, horses are allowed on designated trails and backcountry campsites.


Q: Are dogs allowed on the hiking trails?

A:Yes! Cumberland Gap is a pet friendly park. Dogs are allowed on the trails as long as they are on a leash no longer than 6ft.


Q: What is the best way to see the Hensley Settlement?

A: The historic Hensley Settlement is located in the eastern part of the park and is accessible by hiking the Ridge Trail or the Shillalah Creek Trail. Walking tours of Hensley Settlement are offered seasonally from May until October and include a shuttle to and from the settlement as part of the tour.


Q: Are there bike trails at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park?

A: Bicycles can be ridden on approximately 7 miles of park trails. A "Rails to Trails" program and Greenway trail system in adjacent communities provide additional biking opportunities and can be accessed from the park.

Last updated: January 17, 2024

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