Wilderness Road Campground

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Wilderness Road Campground is nestled in the lush forests of the Appalachian Mountains in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park , where Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia meet. You can access miles of forest and mountain trails directly from the campground.  

While in the park, drive up to the Pinnacle for a breathtaking view of the mountains or check out Civil War earthworks. Hike to the pale cliffs of White Rocks, the gaping mouth of Sand Cave, or the historic Hensley Settlement to see how mountain folk once lived. Stand in 3 states at the same time or immerse yourself in thousands of acres of proposed wilderness. Walk a path once traveled by the bison, Native American, longhunter, and pioneer. Stand in the narrow mountain gap where Daniel Boone stood and where thousands of people risked everything to reach and settle what would become America.  

Wilderness Road Campground includes 154 wooded sites open to tents, trailers, and RV campers. Electrical hookups (20-, 30-, or 50-amp) are available at 41 sites, and these sites can accommodate camping rigs up to 50 feet long. Group sites are also available. The campground is open year-round, with limited campsites open during the winter season (mid-November to mid-March). 

The campground is located approximately 3 miles from the park visitor center off Highway 58 in Virginia. One hundred and fifty-four woodland sites welcome tents, trailers, and RV campers. Forty-one sites with 20-,30-, and 50-amp electric hook-ups are available in loops B and C. Hot showers and potable water are located in the comfort stations. A dump station, for campground reservations holders only, is located near the entrance station. Camping rigs up to 50 feet can be accommodated at the sites. Sites are accessed through paved loop roads. Most of the sites require backing in with exception of one pull-through site. 

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Visitor Center is located on U.S. Highway 25E just south of Middlesboro, KY. Restroom facilities are located on the side of the building. The visitor center is fully accessible with designated parking and an elevator. The park visitor center is open daily from 9:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. Eastern time. It is closed for Christmas Day. 

America's National Park Store offers several books, souvenirs, games, postcards, and numerous other items related to the park and its many stories. Your purchase from our national park stores helps to provide inspiring educational experiences to millions of park visitors each year. 

Daniel Boone Parking and Exhibit Area is located just off Highway 58 near the town of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. It is the location of the trailhead for Wilderness Road. An outdoor pavilion features the sight and sounds of early travelers and pioneers. Restroom facilities are on site.

Need to Know

Natural Features

24,000 acres of Appalachian Mountains are stretched throughout the states of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. Walk the trails that Daniel Boone and thirty axmen blazed to open the first great gateway to the West. Plan your visit today and experience the natural, historical, and cultural beauty of the park.

Cumberland Gap, carved out by wind and water, makes the perfect gap out of the mountains in a V-shape point, which allowed migration for early pioneers and animals to travel through the dangerous mountains. Stand right in the Gap where over 300,000 settlers traveled on their journey to the west. 

White Rocks is a 500-foot cliff at the east end of the park. These cliffs rise above the surrounding wooded slopes and offer the visitor a 360-degree view of the surrounding area. This is an invigorating and breath-taking hike to the top of the mountain offering a spectacular view that is well worth the challenge. 

Sand Cave, a natural scenic area in Kentucky, is a half-domed chamber, 250 feet across in front (open). The floor slopes from back to front and is 1.25 acres of fine, colorful sand. This is a beautiful, magical, natural feature of the park where you can relax and enjoy nature.

Skylight Cave is a steep 1.9-mile hike in Ewing, Virginia. The hike starts on the Lewis Hollow Trail in the campground near the Wilderness Road picnic shelter. The trail has rhododendrons and a river along the way.

Gap Cave is in Lee County, Virginia, and was first discovered by Dr. Thomas Walker in 1750 and he named it Cave Gap. The cave has surveyed length of 18.5 miles. Go on an adventure through the underground world of Gap Cave on a two-hour Ranger-led tour.

The Cumberland Mountain Range is east of the gap wherein lies 15,470 acres of a no roads area extending fifteen miles along the Cumberland and Brush Mountains. The Kentucky-Virginia state line is the ridge of the Cumberland Mountain. Both Cumberland and Brush Mountains are exceedingly steep and rugged with high cliffs in many areas.

Chimney Rock is located at the Pinnacle Overlook; this is a geological rock formation that is shaped like a pillar. This unique rock formation could have taken 535 million years to form.

Gap Creek is a small cascade flowing out of Gap Cave. This is a very peaceful and pleasant part of the park, great for capturing pictures and videos.

Yellow Creek runs through the park boundaries behind New Bartlett Park and Old Barlett Park picnic shelters. Enjoy time playing in the creek, or simply listen to the flow of the water.

Wilderness boundaries in the park consist of more than 14,000 acres of proclaimed land that is considered wilderness. This allows visitors to truly experience the backcountry and nature in the purest way.

Nearby Attractions

Nearby National Park Service Areas:

Big South Fork National River & Recreational Area 90mi

Andrew Johnson National Historic Site 80mi

Great Smoky Mountains National Park 120mi

Mammoth Cave National Park 225mi

Other Local Attractions:

Kentucky Coal Mining Museum (606) 848-1530, 45mi

Abraham Lincoln Museum (423) 869- 6235, 3mi

Pine Mountain State Resort Park (276) 445-3065, 10mi

Wilderness Road State Park (276) 445-3065, 10mi

Area Tourism Information:

Tour Southern and Eastern Kentucky

Bell County Historical Society

Bell County (KY) Tourism

Claiborne County (TN) Tourism

Lee County (VA) Tourism

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Contact Information

Mailing

91 Bartlett Park Road Middlesboro KY 40965

Physical

Cumberland Gap Wilderness Road Campground 854 National Park Road Ewing VA 24248

Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: 606-248-2817

Rental Options

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Driving Directions

Wilderness Road Campground is located at the end of National Park Road, off US Highway 58 in Virginia. 

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