Near Middlesboro in Bell County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Gateway to Kaintuck
— Cumberland Gap National Historical Park —
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 Historic 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
Pinnacle Overlook 4
This easily accessible overlook offers dramatic vistas of the key passage through the Cumberland Mountains.
Hensley Settlement 5
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 were a full day's walk from the Gap.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Parks & Recreational Areas • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 36° 36.392′ N, 83° 39.994′ W. Marker is near Middlesboro, Kentucky, in Bell County. Marker is on Pinnacle View Road, 2½ miles east of Old Wilderness Road (Kentucky Route 988), in the median. Marker is located at the Pinnacle Overlook Parking Lot in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Middlesboro KY 40965, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pinnacle Overlook (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Pinnacle Overlook (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also Gateway to Kaintuck (within shouting distance of this marker); "This American Gibraltar" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Top Guns (about 300 feet away); Generations Have Enjoyed this View (about 400 feet away in Virginia); Boundaries Settled (about 500 feet away in Virginia); Gap Cave (approx. ¼ mile away in Virginia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middlesboro.
Also see . . . Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. National Park Service (Submitted on August 30, 2022.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 29, 2022, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 95 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 29, 2022, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.