Near Middlesboro in Bell County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
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
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 you go.
Remember, Pinnacle Road is locked at sundown.
Erected by Cumberland Gap National Historical Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Landmarks • Natural Features. A significant historical year for this entry is 1792.
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. Located at the parking lot for Pinnacle Overlook 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. 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 LordDirt-and-Log Forts (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middlesboro.
Also see . . . Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. (Submitted on September 19, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 19, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,280 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 19, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.