Day 1: Cumberland Gap

The first full day of our vacation we visited Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, which is in the lower right-hand corner of Kentucky. Cumberland Gap is one of the few gaps in the Appalachian Mountains, which run from Georgia to Maine. Many settlers from the east, including Daniel Boone, came through Cumberland Gap to settle in the west, so Cumberland Gap is very historic.

The park was about 2 miles from where we stayed the night before. We went to the Visitor’s Center and stamped our passport books, which are like little scrapbooks that you can stamp at national parks to remember where you’ve gone.

The beautiful weather allowed us to be able to be outside and hike some while we were in Cumberland Gap. We hiked 2.4 miles to Tri-State-Peak and back. Tri-State-Peak is the peak in the corners of Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee. We were able to stand in all three states at once! All of the leaves were turning, making it a very pretty hike. It was perfect weather as well.

The girls in three different states

Dad in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia

Rebekah on the Daniel Boone Monument

We also walked up to Pinnacle Overlook, which is actually in Virginia. From Pinnacle Overlook, you can see from 5 to 10 miles and places in Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee. We could see the actual gap that the settlers came through as well as the town we stayed in, Middlesboro, Kentucky. The colors made the view very pretty.

At Pinnacle Overlook


Looking into Kentucky from Pinnacle Overlook


Looking into Tennessee

Looking into Virginia

Overall, the trip was very fun, and I enjoyed the wonderful weather and the beautiful scenery. I’m glad that we got to go.



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2 Responses to Day 1: Cumberland Gap

  1. Traci says:

    I attended college in Kentucky, and I still miss the beautiful transformation of autumn.

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