Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

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Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Address:US Hwy 25E S
PO Box 1848
Middlesboro, KY 40965

Size: 20,512 acres.
Established: Authorized on June 11, 1940.
Location:Includes sections in southeastern Kentucky, northeastern Tennessee, and southwestern Virginia. Accessible via US 25E from Kentucky and Tennessee or US 58 from Virginia.
Facilities:Campground (é), picnic area, rest rooms (é), visitor center (é), museum/exhibit, trails (70 miles).
Activities:Camping, hiking, wildlife viewing, interpretive programs.
Special Features:This mountain pass on the Wilderness Road, explored by Daniel Boone, developed into a main artery of the great trans-Allegheny migration for settlement of "the Old West" and an important military objective in the Civil War.

See other parks in Kentucky.
Parks Directory of the United States, 5th Edition. © 2007 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
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The vertebrate fauna of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. National Parks Service Final Report.
A portion of the Cumberland Trail will eventually pass 280 miles through the state along the plateau, from Cumberland Gap National Historical Park south to Signal Mountain above Chattanooga.
* NPCA, the Park Service, and the community of Middleboro have filed legal objections to a proposed coal mine in the Fern Lake drainage on the border of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. The private coal mine would tie smack in the middle of one of the park's most prominent viewpoints.
Conversely, at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in Kentucky, the Park Service may soon get the chance to remove a road that detracts from the cultural landscape.
The bill also would create a national historical park preserving the battlefields in the Shenandoah Valley--sought by two other congressmen but opposed by the Park Service, which says a heritage area would be more appropriate--modify the boundary of the Colonial Parkway near Williamsburg to accept land originally slated for houses, and allow ten acres of land to be acquired at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. Bliley also agreed to allow 913 acres awaiting donation at Richmond to be included in the park's new boundary and to direct the Park Service to study preservation options at nearby New Market Heights, where 14 African Americans earned Medals of Honor in 1 8 64.

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