Discover the Great Smoky Mountains near Middlesboro

Middlesboro, Kentucky is located in the Great Smoky Mountains close to the junction of the states of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. The area has beautiful foliage, abundant wildlife, and many attractions to see while staying at a Middlesboro bed and breakfast.

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
91 Bartlett Park Road
Middlesboro, KY 40965
(606) 248-2817
www.nps.gov

The Cumberland Gap National Park is a great place to take in the scenery of the Great Smoky Mountains. Stop at the visitor's center, open daily from 9:00 to 5:00, to plan your visit to the park. There are many things to do and see in the park. Cumberland Gap is the area where the three states meet, and is a popular tourist attraction. It is a historical pass-through between the beautiful mountains. You may want to go hiking on one the many trails through the park. The Pioneer Playhouse is a place for kids to experience pioneer life through hands-on exhibits and displays. The cave tours are a popular guided tour that generally lasts about two hours. Ticket prices for the cave tour are $8 for adults, as of 2010.  Appropriate shoes should be worn to hike down the 183 steps to the cave bottom. If the cave tour is too strenuous for you, you may want to tour the Hensley Settlement, a historic settlement established in 1904. Adult tickets are $10 each. Call ahead for reservations.

Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752
(423) 869-6235
www.lmunet.edu

Located just across the state line from Middlesboro, the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. The museum features memorabilia from Lincoln's days in politics, such as the cane he was using the night he died, and a tea set they used in their home. You can visit the museum from 10:00 to 5:00 on weekdays, and noon to 5:00 p.m. on weekends. Admission is $5 for adults. Library visits are by appointment only. This is a great way to enjoy some regional history and learn more about a former president.

Pine Mountain Resort State Park
1050 State Park Road
Pineville, KY 40977
(606) 337-3066
www.parks.ky.gov

Pine Mountain Resort State Park, located just northwest of Middlesboro, is Kentucky's first state park. Since its beginning in 1924, the park has become a cultural and historical icon in the area, showcasing the unique craftsmanship of the early 1900s. While in the park, you can play golf, swim, hike and more. Sit in the mountaintop restaurant and enjoy a meal overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains. You can also see chained rock, a popular tourist attraction, while you're there. The park is open year round, with special events throughout the year.

Cumberland Falls
7351 Highway 90
Corbin, KY 40701
(606) 528-4121

Located in Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Cumberland Falls is a waterfall on the Cumberland River. Cumberland Falls, affectionately called Little Niagara, is 65 feet high and 125 feet across. The falls attract romantics and nature lovers from all over, and are a sight to see, only a short drive from your Middlesboro Inn.