Three Must-Do's in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

The Cumberland Gap National Historical Park is a famous attraction and is a must visit during your trip to Tennessee. There are several activities that are designed by the park authorities and BBOnline recommends the following three as the must-do activities here.

1. Raptor Rhapsody
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
91 Bartlett Park Road
Middlesboro, KY
(606) 248-2817
http://www.nps.gov/cuga/index.htm

The Raptor Rhapsody at the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park is an attraction that should not be missed at any cost. Visitors are taken inside the natural habitat of the birds. The tour will impart you with various important facts about these birds, its origin and conservation. The outdoor exhibit of the birds will take you up close and personal with these birds. You can watch the annual migration of the birds and observe them performing aerial maneuvers. The park also organizes various bird watching trails and you will have to step out early from your Cumberland Gap Inn to participate in this early morning trail. You will also get a chance to meet famous historical naturalists John Muir, Rachel Carson and John Audubon. You can discuss various topics like the conservation of these birds, the adventures, life span and unique details regarding their existence.

2. Hiking
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
91 Bartlett Park Road
Middlesboro, KY
(606) 248-2817
http://www.nps.gov/cuga/index.htm

The Cumberland Gap National Historical Park comprises thousands of acres of land. The park has changing terrain and hence makes exploration a fun activity. The best way to explore the park is to go on a hiking expedition. The park has several marked out trails that make it easy for visitors. As a general rule the trails are categorized into 3 types depending on the difficulty levels. Visitors can pick and choose from these three types of trails on the basis of their fitness and skill levels. But one thing is for sure, no matter what your skill level, you are sure to have a fun hiking experience. Fuel up by having a heavy breakfast before you leave your Cumberland Gap Bed and Breakfast. The park boasts of hiking trails that total up to 85 miles. The most difficult trail here is 21 miles long and is called the Ridge Trail. The back country trails are a fun way to experience the wilderness areas in the park.

3. Sightseeing and Wildlife Watching
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
91 Bartlett Park Road
Middlesboro, KY
(606) 248-2817
http://www.nps.gov/cuga/index.htm

The park covers a vast area and it comprises several historically significant attractions and monuments. If you wish you can go on a tour of these historic sites and understand the relevance of them. These sites are indeed worth visiting as they have been around for several centuries. Some of the key monuments are the fortifications that belong to the Civil War era, the ruins of an iron furnace that dates back to the 18th century and the split railway fences and hand-hewn cabins located in the Hensley settlement. The park is also home to several animals and reptiles.