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Best trails in Cumberland Gap National Historic Park

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Looking for a great trail in Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, Virginia? AllTrails has 20 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 12 moderate trails in Cumberland Gap National Historic Park ranging from 1.2 to 18.6 miles and from 1,269 to 3,461 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Mountain Gateway At Cumberland Gap, the first great gateway to the west, follow the buffalo, the Native American, the longhunter, the pioneer... all traveled this route through the mountains into the wilderness of Kentucky. Modern day explorers and travelers stand in awe at this great gateway and the many miles of trails and scenic features found in the park.

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Map of trails in Cumberland Gap National Historic Park
Park information
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Contact
(606)248-2817
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Top trails (20)
#1 - Sand Cave and White Rocks Via Ewing Trail
Cumberland Gap National Historic Park
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 4 h 54 m
#2 - Tri-State Peak Trail
Cumberland Gap National Historic Park
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
The old Civil War roadbed leads from the saddle of the Cumberland Gap to the Tri-State Peak. From there, you can see: Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia. You are also surrounded by remnants of Civil War history, such as rifle trenches. You may also catch site of the elusive trailing arbutus flower in the spring. Show more
#3 - Pinnacle Overlook Trail
Cumberland Gap National Historic Park
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 4 h 22 m
#4 - White Rocks
Cumberland Gap National Historic Park
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 3 h 36 m
#5 - Tri-State Peak via Wilderness Trail
Cumberland Gap National Historic Park
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 15 m
#6 - Ridge Trail to Sugar Run Trail
Cumberland Gap National Historic Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 52 m
Note: As of June 2020, Pinnacle Road is open. It is a good place to start the Ridge Trail but please note that overnight parking is not allowed.Show more
#7 - Mischa Mokwa Adventure Trail
Cumberland Gap National Historic Park
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Length: 20.4 mi • Est. 11 h
The Mischa Mokwa Adventure Trail is a 20 mile trek thru Cumberland Gap National Park. It begins at Wilderness Road Campground and ends a Civic Park in Ewing, VA. It was established in 1966 (this is its 50th Anniversary) and and now follows portions of Gibson Gap Trail, Ridge Trail and Ewing Trail. Some of the old trail blazes can still be found which are short wooden posts with the outline of a bear carved in. Camping is via back-country permit only and is in designated campsites only. Call (606)248-2817 for permit information and campsite availability. Show more
#8 - Chadwell Gap Trail
Cumberland Gap National Historic Park
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 3 h 14 m
#9 - Gibson Gap Trail
Cumberland Gap National Historic Park
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Length: 9.4 mi • Est. 5 h 21 m
#10 - Cumberland Gap Wilderness Trail
Cumberland Gap National Historic Park
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 52 m
Note: Pinnacle Road is currently closed. However, the trails are open and visitors can walk to this trail along the road. This is a great trail that can be hiked year round. You can begin either at the Thomas Walker parking lot or in Cumberland Gap at the Daniel Boone Parking Lot. If you begin at Thomas Walker Parking, you take the T.W. Trail for a very short bit before turning onto the Wilderness Road Trail. On the way back you can take the Object Lesson Road for some different scenery the last half mile. The Wilderness Road Trail retraces the original path that settlers took in the 1700-1800’s. You really can't help but to think of all the people, pets, and livestock that have taken the same path as you walk along. An especially great hike for people who into history.Show more
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