Cumberland Gap Out-and-Back
ElevationAscent: 693' 211 m
Descent: -693' -211 m
High: 1,635' 498 m
Low: 1,275' 389 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“This hike heads over the Gap, across the Daniel Boone Trail, and back.”— April French
On your right, just a bit back from the Wilderness Road Trail, you'll see a pyramid rock structure dedicated by the Daughers of the American Revolution marking a turn onto the Wilderness Road Trail. Take this branch, and the Saddle of the Gap is a little further. You'll also pass Harlan Trail, which runs off to your left.
When you reach the Saddle of the Gap, keep an eye out for the Tri-State Peak Trail, which breaks off to the right. It's a short out-and-back to see the plaque marking where the states of Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee meet. You'll continue along the Wilderness Road Trail until it meets up with the Daniel Boone Trail. You'll enjoy the small bridge over a local creek, whose fast, flowing water forms a small waterfall and has been used to power mill wheels.
From the end of the Daniel Boone Trail, retrace your steps back to the Thomas Walker parking area.
Land Manager: NPS - Cumberland Gap National Historic Park