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

Pinnacle Overlook

 
 
Pinnacle Overlook Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
1. Pinnacle Overlook Marker
This marker (and the Gateway to Kaintuck) are duplicated just a few yards away at the entrance to the stroller/wheelchair trail. Photos on the marker show the overlook as it appeared earlier in the 20th century.
Inscription. We started just as the sun began to gild the tops of the high mountains. We ascended Cumberland Mountain, from the top of which the bright luminary of the day appeared to our view in all his rising glory; the mists dispersed and the floating clouds hasted away at his appearing. This is the famous Cumberland Gap...
Journal of James Smith, 1792

Know before you go
During a thunderstorm move away from the overlook. Lighting strikes here often.
Don't leave valuables visible in vehicles.
Stay on trails to avoid injury. Shortcuts start erosion.
Watch out for snakes. Rocks provide great habitat for copperheads and rattlesnakes.
Don't write on rocks or handrails.
Leave what you find here for others to enjoy.

Follow the paved paths to the overlook, and stay on the trail. Parents with strollers and wheelchair users can reach the overlook without running into steps by using the accessible trail.

Short Hikes from Here
Fort McCook - * 0.8 mile (1.3 km) downhill 600 feet (180 m)
Sugar Run / Lewis Hollow Intersection - * 1.9 miles (3 km)

Long Hikes from Here
Hensley Settlement - * 12 miles (19 km)
White Rocks - * 19 miles (30 km)
* One-way distance
Backcountry permits are required if you plan to camp at designated sites along the way. Let someone know your hiking plans before
Trail Map for Area around Pinnacle Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
2. Trail Map for Area around Pinnacle Overlook
you go.

Remember, Pinnacle Road is locked at sundown.
 
Erected by Cumberland Gap National Historical Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 36° 36.389′ N, 83° 39.996′ 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 parking lot for Pinnacle Overlook in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. Marker is in this post office area: Middlesboro KY 40965, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Waiting for the Battle that Never Came (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "This American Gibraltar" (about 300 feet away); Generations Have Enjoyed this View (about 400 feet away in Virginia); Boundaries Settled (about 500 feet away in Virginia); Powell's Valley (about 500 feet away in Virginia); A Maze of Mountains (about 500 feet away in Virginia); Named for a British Lord (about 500 feet away in Virginia); Dirt-and-Log Forts (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Middlesboro.
 
Also see . . .  Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. (Submitted on September 19, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
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Pinnacle Overlook Markers image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
3. Pinnacle Overlook Markers
Note the relief behind the markers to the left.
Relief Artwork at Pinnacle Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
4. Relief Artwork at Pinnacle Overlook
Passage from Frederick Jackson Turner image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
5. Passage from Frederick Jackson Turner
"Stand at the Cumberland Gap and watch the procession of civilization, marching single file - the buffalo following the trail to the salt springs, the Indian, the fur-trader and hunter, the cattle-raiser, the pioneer farmer - and the frontier has passed by."
Gateway to <i>Kaintuck</i> image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
6. Gateway to Kaintuck
Standard park orientation marker collocated at the site:
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.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,089 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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