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Near Middlesboro in Bell County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Gateway to Kaintuck

 
 
Gateway to <i>Kaintuck</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
1. Gateway to Kaintuck Marker
Inscription. For travelers who had to walk, the Appalachian mountains seemed like an impenetrable wall, 600 miles long and 150 miles wide. Here at Cumberland Gap you could find both a good way in and a good way out of that rugged labyrinth of ridges, coves, and meandering streams.

Woodland buffalo and parties of Cherokee and Shawnee passed north and south over this wilderness road for thousands of years. Frontier-era longhunters and settler families followed their trails, climbing up to the Gap and dropping into Yellow Creek's valley. Once past Pine Mountain Narrows, they were well on their way to reach the Kentucky bluegrass and the rich Ohio River bottomlands.

Exploring Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
Wilderness Road Trail 1
Walk in the footsteps of Dr. Walker, Daniel Boone, and 250,000 settlers on the newly restored Wilderness Road.

Iron Furnace 2
The shortest trail to the Gap begins at this reminder of 19th-century industry, found in the town of Cumberland Gap.

Gap Cave 3
Park rangers now take visitors on tours into this historic cave. Check at either visitor center for cave tour schedules.

Pinnacle Overlook 4
This easily accessible overlook offers dramatic vistas of the key passage through the Cumberland Mountains.

Hensley Settlement
Map of the Gaps image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
2. Map of the Gaps
With Pine Mountain Narrows and the Cumberland Gap circled.
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Reminders of Appalachia's pioneer era can still be seen at Hensley Settlement. Ask a ranger about tour schedules.

White Rocks 6
A well-known landmark for early travelers bound west, these cliffs are a full day's walk from the Gap
 
Erected by Cumberland Gap National Historical Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 36° 36.163′ N, 83° 41.741′ W. Marker is near Middlesboro, Kentucky, in Bell County. Marker is on Pinnacle Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located at the west end Cumberland Gap National Historical Park visitor center. Marker is in this post office area: Middlesboro KY 40965, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Emigrant's Dream (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lewis and Clark in Kentucky Cumberland Gap (approx. 0.4 miles away); Middlesboro Meteorite Crater Impact Site (approx. 0.7 miles away); Two-Way Traffic (approx. 1.1 miles away); Middlesborough (approx. 1.1 miles away); Morgan's Retreat (approx. 1.2 miles away but has been reported missing); Invasion through the Gap (approx. 1.2 miles away); Defense of the Gap (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Middlesboro.
 
More about this marker.
Hiking in the Gap image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
3. Hiking in the Gap
The other side of the marker offers a hiking map of the gap.
This is one of the park's standard markers and is duplicated at several locations.
 
Also see . . .  Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. (Submitted on September 18, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Natural FeaturesSettlements & Settlers
 
Gateway to <i>Kaintuck</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
4. Gateway to Kaintuck Marker
Relief Map in the Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
5. Relief Map in the Visitor Center
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 30, 2012
6. Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
Cumberland Gap Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 30, 2012
7. Cumberland Gap Visitor Center
Cumberland Gap Visitor Center Cannon image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 30, 2012
8. Cumberland Gap Visitor Center Cannon
View of Cumberland Mountains in the distance.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 806 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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