Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Meet Colorful Characters From The Past At Cumberland Gap National Historical Park On September 27

Cumberland Gap has been called the "first great gateway to the West," and on Saturday, September 27, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park will offer its popular "Within the Shadows of Cumberland Gap Heritage Walk." Here's your chance to "meet" characters from the colorful past of these historic mountains.

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park To Delve Into Region's History With Special Hikes

Some of the fascinating history of the region surrounding Cumberland Gap National Historical Park will unfold Saturday during the 3rd Annual Within the Shadows of Cumberland Gap Heritage Walk.

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Proposing Increase In Campground Fees

With springtime drawing near, another park is proposing an inrease in campground fees. At Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in Kentucky, a hike of not quite 15 percent in the fees charged at the Wilderness Road Campground is under consideration.

Civil War Cannons At Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Magnets For Graffiti

Kilroy? Not likely, as his graffiti rose to fame during World War II. Nevertheless, present-day graffiti artists are finding the Civil War cannons at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in Kentucky irresistable for their scribblings.

Politicians, Staff Heading To National Parks During Congressional Recess

Denali National Park and Preserve seems to be quite popular this August with congressional staffers, though a number of other parks also are destinations for politicians and their staff during the August recess.

Head To Cumberland Gap National Historical Park To Taste Appalachian Christmas Cheer

John-Boy might not be there, but you'll still get a taste of Appalachian Christmas cheer with a visit to Cumberland Gap National Historical Park this coming Saturday.

Fears Rise That Congress Could Open More Units Of National Park System to Hunting

Few units of the National Park System are open to hunting, but there are fears that legislation now working its way through Congress could clear the way for hunting across dozens of parks in the system.

The Major Road Project That Restored a Park

A proposal for a major highway construction project through the heart of a national park isn't usually cause for rejoicing by park supporters, but that was the case nearly 40 years ago at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. An upcoming event at the park will celebrate the Cumberland Gap Highway Tunnel, which was finally completed in 1996 to restore the historic Cumberland Gap.

Heritage Walk at Cumberland Gap NHP will Reconnect Visitors with Three Centuries of History

The Wilderness Road that travels through the Cumberland Gap has been the scene of centuries of and countless tales of heartbreak and joy, loss and discovery. Visitors can discover some of these stories during the "Within the Shadows of Cumberland Gap" Heritage Walk on Saturday, September 3, at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.

Curatorial Facility Proposed for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Four Other Park Service Units

One facility, nearly 1 million artifacts and records, five units of the National Park System. That's a short overview of a proposed curatorial facility that would be located in Townsend, Tennessee, not far from Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

National Park Quiz 93: Potpourri VI

We haven't had a potpourri-style quiz in a while, so let's give it a go. Answers are at the end.

The Underground Railroad Quilt Code - Truth or Myth?

The Sesquicentennial of the Civil War has also brought renewed interest in the Underground Railroad, and a talk this Saturday at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park will examine an intriguing subject: "The Underground Railroad Quilt Code - Truth or Myth?"

Fall Spectacular: Great Autumn Hikes in the National Parks

It's hard to beat autumn for prime hiking in parks from coast to coast. This season brings fine weather to most of the country and in many locations fall foliage is an added bonus. There are more hikes in national parks that we can take in a lifetime, so here are a few suggestions for some great ones all across the nation—including some alternatives to the most heavily-visited sites.

Blue Ridge Parkway and Cumberland Gap among Parks Still Coping with the "Blizzard of 2009"

Snow on Blue Ridge Parkway
For travelers and emergency workers in much of the country, any dreams of a "White Christmas" will likely be remembered as bad ones this year. Many parks have been impacted by recent storms, but among the hardest hit are the Blue Ridge Parkway and Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.

Ginseng Poachers Nabbed at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

apprehension of the plant poachers
Alert work by rangers at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park resulted in the apprehension of three men who were engaged in a significant ginseng poaching operation in the park.

Junior Ranger Day - and an Essay Contest with a Serious Prize

Kids with ranger at Mesa Verde NP.
A number of NPS areas are offering special activities for Junior Ranger Day on April 25, 2009, and a related Junior Ranger Essay Contest offers a serious prize: a $1,000 Visa gift card.

Turkey Hunters Appreciate Wildlife Habitat Preservation at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Though permitted in National Preserves and some other units, sport hunting remains a controversial issue in the National Park System. One area of agreement is the importance of preserving wildlife habitat. The National Wild Turkey Federation recently showed its appreciation for the preservation of turkey habitat at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.
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