National Historical Park
1940: National Historical Park
Rating (1-5): Unrated
About the SiteBy the early 1700's, Europeans in America had tamed the Colonies and were looking to expand. The Appalachian Mountains, however, formed a huge natural barrier to the early settlers seeking new territory. What they didn't realize was that the route was ready for them. Native Americans had been following the path of migratory bison through the Cumberland Gap for a hundred years or so. Beside foraging for grazing areas in Kentucky and Virginia, these huge beasts also sought out salt licks in the area, and their hooves marked a clear trace, or trail. The Indians' Warrior's Path looped from Ohio through the Shenandoah Valley to the Potomac.
What You're Going to SeeThis park is located at the corner where Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia meet. It's a place of great scenic beauty and hundreds of years of hustory. There are wayside exhibits, a museum, and the abandoned cabins of the Hensley settlement, dating from the early 20th century. Perhaps the most popular part of the Park is the Pinnacle Overlook. An easy 1/4-mile paved trail provides access to this overlook, from which visitors have a spectacular view into Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia. The Park is filled with caves, the most famous of which is Gap's Cave, which is open to visitors.
Personal ObservationsSomeday ... It does seem beautiful.
Getting ThereFrom Lexington, Kentucky -- Take I-75 south for 80 miles to Corbin and the interchange with US 25E. Take US 25E southeast for about 50 miles; it leads you straight into the Park.
Nearby AttractionsIn Tennessee, about 60 miles to the southeast, is Andrew Johnson National Historic Site. About 70 miles due south is Great Smoky Mountains National Park. About 45 miles west and southwest are Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, and Obed Wild & Scenic River.