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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.

This trail has so much to offer! I rate it as moderate if you stay on the main trail. There are worn down trails between the switchbacks that will shorten your travel time, but I do not suggest using them. I slid on one of them which prompted a rattlesnake to go crazy right beside me and I had to scramble back up the path.

The views from on top of White Rocks is amazing, and the sand cave is a unique sight to see!

This trail is very well maintained and the scenery is breathtaking. I think this trail is a little harder than what I consider easy but not really what I would consider moderate. The top is totally worth anyone’s time and effort.

Don’t know why this is rated as hard. Wide, not very rocky trail. Not very steep. The cave is so cool and the overlook is beautiful! Walked up on a rattlesnake while completing this trail yesterday though so be very careful!!!

we did an evening hike..easy located on Virginia side of the gap park. It is a stepping up incline not too difficult and the cave is marked. There is a wooden crossing bridge as soon as you past it.

26 days ago

Amazing hike! It was our first hike this year so it was a little difficult but oh so worth it. From the beauty of the sand cave to views from on top of white rocks.

This trail is HARD.

28 days ago

The scenery and nature never cease to amaze me. One of my favorite views is from the pinnacle overlook.

I wouldn’t call this trail easy, it’s quiet the workout. It’s very steep in parts. But it’s a good short hike if you’re doing it for some intense exercise.

We hiked this the first morning we were in camping in Cumberland Gap National Park Campground. Great Hike for a short morning trip. If you want to make it half day you can continue up the mountain and access numerous other trails.

We walked this trail yesterday in intermittent rain. We are in late 60's, not very active. We thought that it was moderately difficult, due to continuous ascent, steep in places, and fairly rocky. We did have water and good shoes, and used walking sticks. The trek was worth it when we reached the the markers though.

on Tri-State Peak Trail

1 month ago

We hiked with my 8 year old and he loved it and could handle the trail easily. It’s mostly thru the woods and you are at a steady climb all the way up. I would say it’s between easy and moderate. The history of the Cumberland Gap and being able to be in 3 states at once is the highlight. Views not so much.

2 months ago

This is a great trail for anyone who appreciates history. You get to walk through the Cumberland Gap and stand in three states at once at the top. Also, an old iron furnace and nice waterfall just past the trailhead. I would rate moderate, not easy.

Good clean trails.

Hiked from the pinnacle to the Ewing trailhead. Stayed at chadwell gap campsite. Very pleasant hike and had the campsite to ourselves. Checked out the Hensley Settlement as well which was near the camp. Water was available at the Hensley Settlement.

This is my favorite backpacking trail

The fitness trail is a great little 2mi hike on the edge of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. I love doing this trail in the mornings with my dog. Definitely gets your blood pumping, but I’m not gasping for air at the top of the hills. I like to walk the small paved area last as a nice little cool down.

The best is at the top. It is an incline make sure you wear appropriate shoes and bring water. May be steep for young children. Saw one daily with a wagon, probably not a good idea.

I really enjoy this trail. I like starting at the visitors center. Starting here adds 2.2 miles on the round trip distance.

Quick, fairly easy trail that I enjoy doing.

3 months ago

It was a fun quick hike, but I went right after a heavy rain so the lower portions of the trail were still ultra soggy

Started out on the trail around 825am. I chose to hike this loop the clockwise route, seemed to me, after completing this hike, that it was the best choice. The Ewing Trail makes its way up to the ridge line and crosses over into Kentucky at around 3.7 miles. This trail continues for another half mile and intersects with the Ridge Trail. Around a quarter of a mile downhill you will come to the Sand Cave Spur Trail which leads you another quarter mile downhill to the cave. The waterfall was flowing good today and the sands were cold. Yes, why walk in sand with your shoes on? After exploring the cave which I had all to myself, I continued towards White Rocks. I was very surprised that the trail was fairly level. At around 6.3 miles, I was at the junction of the short cut and then at 6.9 miles I was on top of White Rocks a little further past the first overlook area enjoying the views. On my trek down I took the short cut to complete the loop and then back down the Ewing Trail 2.5 miles back to the parking area. With minimal breaks and sock changes, I completed this hike in 4 hours and 45 minutes, logging 9.9 miles.

The caves with the waterfall and white pebbles in the steam made the hike unique. Its worth the extra hike to the white rocks.

Great hike! great view from White Rock, Sand Cave is amazing too

Very nice, relatively easy, quick hike that can be done in about 30 minutes. It is a relaxing hike with a wide path and cool surrounding, which include benches if you just want sit and enjoy the woods. Dog friendly (on leash) and there are places that you can take off path to get to picnic areas near the creek. I do this hike upwards of 2-3 times a week. Recommend to beginners or people that just want to be outside a little bit.

Definitely not a hike for a quitter but totally worth the effort!

Great trail if your just getting into hiking or you want to walk your dog. It’s beautiful.

Not a hike, but a continuous climb "less than 8% grade" according to one of the info signs.
Boring except for the view at the top.

4 months ago

Nice, short hike with views at the end.

It was stupid of me to make this my first hiking trip. I convinced a bunch of my friends to come backcountry camping. Out of everyone in the group, I was the novice. I brought too much unnecessary stuff, and was woefully out of shape. Incline all the way up, and had to abandon some of my gear and water. The ordeal was excruciating. I fell plenty of times. But the forest, wildlife, and silence was some of the most beautiful moments I've experience in my life. Having the refreshing water of sand cave wash over me was worth the pounds of muds I tracked on the way up. We camped for a couple days. Best couple of days of my life. We burned the fat off our souls

as we went up it got foggy enjoy the trail hope to go back on a clear day

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