The Cumberland Gap is a historic landmark along the lower Appalachian Mountains near the Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia juncture. This Gap is a famous passageway discovered by Dr. Thomas Walker in 1750 + widened by Daniel Booth. It was used by both Native Americans and pioneers journeying from the west to Tennessee and Kentucky.
Driving back from Crossville, TN, Joe + I knew we needed to stop at this historic spot and see The Cumberland Gap for ourselves. We hiked about a half mile uphill on Tennessee road until we reached The Gap. It was a bit rainy but an awesome experience.
While we were at one of the visitor’s center, we learned that the pioneers traveled in the winter in order to make it to their destination in time to plant spring crops. Therefore, the pioneers were experiencing treacherous conditions. We actually remarked that since it was raining + super cold we had a bigger appreciation for the pioneers and their ordeal.
Eventually we made it to the historic Cumberland Gap!
This hike was great! Of course downhill took less time + was easier, but I’m so glad we went to see the actually spot of The Cumberland Gap!
Have you ever been to The Cumberland Gap? What historic landmarks have you visited?