Photograph of Cumberland Gap in winter.
Don Sniegowski

Cumberland Gap

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park is home to over 14,000 acres of preserved wilderness in the heart of the Appalachian mountains, whose history spans Native Americans, pioneers, and Civil War eras. During the Civil War, Cumberland Gap was first held by the South, then captured by Union troops. Each side held the gap twice. The Cumberland Gap also features 85 miles of trails, historic villages, caves, and a visitor center.

Cumberland Gap: What's Nearby

Middlesboro, KY
Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum
Harrogate, TN

Related Battles

Bell County, KY; Claiborne County, TN; Lee County, VA | September 7, 1863
Result: Union Victory
Estimated Casualties