Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Cumberland Gap National Historic Park

O Pioneers! This photo of early settlers making their way through the Cumberland Gap & into Kentucky territory graces the walls of Cumberland's museum.
One can see a stretch of the Southern Appalachian Mountains in Tennesse, Kentucky, & Virginia from Pinnacle Peak at Cumberland Gap.

Cumberland Gap was the first great gateway to the west; it’s paths were followed first by buffalo, Native American, the longhunter, and then pioneers... all traveled this route through the mountains into the wilderness of Kentucky. One can walk part of the old Wilderness Road, hike one of the parks 85 miles of trails, camp in a modern campground, enjoy its waterfalls and the lush forest of Southern Appalachia. A drive to Pinnacle Peak allows one to view the break in the mountains that provided passage for early pioneers, and to view three surrounding states: Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia. The Park is located in all three states, with camping on the Virginia side.

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