Cumberland Gap

(Cumberland Gap TN)
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park highlights the place where
Daniel Boone forged a passage across the Appalachian Mountains. In the 1700s, the mountains were a barrier which prevented westward migration.

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Cumberland Gap – Wilderness Road Trail

What became known as Wilderness Road was really an expansion of a well used wildlife and native trail. It quickly became a favored route to the west and was the primary route until 1810. A portion of the road can still be hiked; which I did.

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Indian Rock

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Iron Furnace by Village

Next to the park is the village of Cumberland Gap which grew up from the heavy use of the road. It was also considered a strategic spot during the Civil War, changing hands three times during the conflict.

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Confederate Headquarters

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Homes in Village of Cumberland Gap

The Visitor Center had nice displays, and two films that dramatized the opening of the road and the history in the area. There was also a guided tour to the Hensley Settlement high in the mountains. Unfortunately, the tour was booked solid during my entire stay.

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Shed near Visitor Center

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Fall Colors in the Park

There was a state park a few miles down the road which was having a festival. I had planned to attend to see the crafts show, recreated fort, and demonstrations by period actors. However, it rained the whole weekend of the event.

Near Cumberland Gap

Bean Station Overlook (South of the Park)

Many trails, overlooks, and a few caves would have provided much more to do while there. My reason for being in the mountains was to find some fall colors; so, I continued onward.

Camp: Wilderness Road CG-NPS drycamp
Scene: Historic road, old village

Note: This visit occurred in October.

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3 Responses to Cumberland Gap

  1. Martha November 20, 2016 at 9:51 pm #

    My 1st visit to the Gap was years ago when you could drive the road across it. My last visit was 2 or 3 years ago and i was surprise they let it return to its natural state, and you have to take a park road to get anywhere. I guess it’s a good idea to let it go back to nature.

    • Pleinguy November 20, 2016 at 11:52 pm #

      Yeah, agreed. It’s pretty much like hiking a trail now. Perhaps that is more authentic

  2. Peter Scarnati November 22, 2016 at 11:05 am #

    I’m a little late here, but I had a question for you about your post on Land Between The Lakes.
    About 30 years ago… Comment moved to Land Between the Lakes post

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