Kentucky Subway Map
CUMBERLAND GAP NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
20,000 acres. This National Historical Park protects the historic gap through the Appalachian
Mountains which was used by early settlers heading westward. While not very large, the park is located in three states: Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee. It’s dominated by the long ridge of Cumberland Mountain, with elevations over 3,000 feet, and there are several streams.
Activities: The park has more than 50 miles of trails for hiking and backpacking. Among them is the 21-mile Ridge Trail, which extends the length of the park. Horses are permitted on many of the trails, but bikes are not.
Camping Regulations: Backcountry camping is restricted to five authorized areas. A permit is required, and must be obtained from the visitor center. One camping area is designated exclusively for the use of horseback riders (horses are allowed at two other camping areas as well). Campfires are allowed only in established fire rings. Pets are prohibited in the backcountry.
For Further Information: Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, P.O. Box 1848, Mid-dlesboro, KY 40965; (606)248-2817.
Primitive camping is also permitted in some of Kentucky’s many Public Wildlife Areas, which are used primarily for hunting and fishing. For information contact the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, #1 Game Farm Road, Frankfort, KY 40601; (502)564-4336.