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854 National Park Road
Ewing, Kentucky   24248
(lat:36.6024 lon:-83.631) map location

Phone: 606-248-2817
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.

Hiking and Backpacking in the park consist of various opportunities for adventures in the great outdoors on over 85 miles of trails. Whether you are up for an easy 1/4-mile stroll or a challenging 10-mile hike into the backcountry, the choice is yours. Several trails meander through over 14,000 acres of proposed wilderness.

Backcountry Camping is allowed at 5 designated sites in the park with a permit. Experience the quiet beauty of the mountains and wilderness as you camp under the stars. Permits are free of charge and can be obtained at the park visitor center.

Picnicking is offered at numerous locations in the park. Whether you are looking for a quiet lunch while enjoying nature or a big family get-together in the great outdoors, we have limitless options. Ask a Ranger to point out picnic areas in the park. You can also reserve a picnic shelter for exclusive day use for a fee. Stop by the park visitor center to reserve a picnic shelter up to 3 months in advance.

Horseback Riding is permitted on the 17-mile Ridge Trail, which extends from the Pinnacle to White Rocks.

Guided Tours, Hikes, and Programs range from Pioneer and Civil War Living History demonstrations to guided tours of Gap Cave formerly known as Cudjo's Cave, and from guided tours of the historic Hensley Settlement to Campfire Programs. Programs offered vary seasonally. Fees are charged for Gap Cave and Hensley Settlement tours. Stop by the park visitor center for program tickets and information.

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 900 A.M. until 400 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 i
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Wilderness Road Campground is located at the end of National Park Road, off US Highway 58 in Virginia.

From the Park Visitor Center in Middlesboro, Kentucky approximately 5 miles When leaving the visitor center parking lot, turn left onto Pinnacle View Road, then take the ramp down and merge into US-25E S toward Harrogate, Tennessee. Go through the tunnel into Tennessee. Turn right onto strongUS-58 E toward Jonesville, Virginia and Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. Cross into Virginia. Continue on US-58 approximately 2.4 miles, then turn left onto National Park Road. Continue on National Park Road to the campground entrance.

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