Hiking The Cumberland Gap National Park

The MOST popular hiking trail in Kentucky.

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South of Lexington near Pineville in the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, the 17 mile Ridge Trail straddles the crest of the Cumberland Mountains east of Cumberland Gap, starting at Pinnacle Overlook and leading hikers 16.6 miles to the parks eastern boundary, near White Rocks. Hardwood forests of hickory, oak, and maple cloak the precipitous mountainsides, interrupted by rocky outcrops that afford views of the high valleys below.

To reach the hiking trailhead from Lexington, head south and follow US 25 east into the park. The trailhead is at the end of Pinnacle Road.

Overall, Cumberland Gap National Park is the 1st most popular hiking trail of all 9 hikes in Kentucky. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Cumberland Gap National Park including Indian/Spaas Creek Trail, Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail, Buckskin Trail and Redbird Crest Trail.

Cumberland Gap National Park Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (606) 248-2817; Kentucky Tourism (800) 225-TRIP.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Kentucky" from Michael Brown

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Martin s Fork Cabin (606) 248-2817

Luxury Loding:  Evans Lodge, Pineville (800) 325-1712

Reference Source:  click here http://www.nps.gov/cuga/

GPS:  36.766, -83.701

Date Published:  12/25/2015

Date Updated:  7/19/2016

ID:  6886

Cumberland Gap National Park Hiking Map


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