Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Middlesboro

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The Cumberland Gap National Historical Park is a United States National Historical Park located at the border between Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia, centered on the Cumberland Gap, a natural break in the Appalachian Mountains.

The park lies in parts of Bell and Harlan counties in Kentucky, Claiborne County in Tennessee, and Lee County in Virginia. The park contains the Kentucky-Virginia-Tennessee tri-state area, accessible via trail.

The Cumberland Gap Visitor Center is located on U.S. Highway 25E just southeast of Middlesboro, Kentucky and just northwest of the Cumberland Gap Tunnel and Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. The visitor center features a museum with interactive exhibits about the Gap's role as a transportation corridor, an auditorium that shows films about the area's cultural and natural history, a book store and the Cumberland Crafts gift shop with crafts from Appalachia.
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  • One of the best kept secrets if you're never heard of the Cumberland Gap. It's not as big as the GSMNP nor does it get anywhere as crowded. Probably an hour from Knoxville. You can go to the overlook....  more »
  • quiet and all the colors out during the week, walked a short trail, great to just be part of the countryside, A+  more »
  • Great little stop that kinda just popped up on our GPS on the way to the Smokey Mountains. Well worth the stop to check out and enjoy some hiking in nature, if you like that kinda thing. :) Its also part of the hike to the Tri-State point where you can be in Kentucky Tennessee and Virginia at once.
  • Had a very pleasant and informative time here at the National Park Visitors Center then a drive to the Pinnacle Overlook. Amazing scenery. Love reading about the history. Could spend a whole day or even more in the area. Lovely spot.
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