Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Cumberland Gap National Historic Park

Linda and I arose around 8:50AM. Amy was making breakfast this morning and we were just fixin’ to sit when Randy came back from his early morning hike. We all enjoyed a hearty breakfast then I started packin’ some so I wouldn’t have much to do later.

We went for a drive to the dam area and took a walk along the river. The day was nice, no rain, and our stroll was beautiful. The TVA has plaques on the trees identifying each species. after our two hour stroll we headed back to prepare to depart. When it was time to leave, Amy & Randy left first, after many handshakes & hugs. We really enjoyed being able to spend time together. We’ll miss ya and love ya.

Linda & I headed north & east on our way to Cumberland Gap National Historic Park. We have never been there and wanted to check it out after we got a tip from another camper. We drove the 50 some-odd miles to the park along some beautiful country.

100_7857 We followed the signs to the Wilderness Road Campground just check it out. WOW!!! This place is nice!! Were stayin’ at least the night. The campground has 100 sites, 41 of which have 20/30/50 amp electric, paved roads & sites in the electric area, dump station with potable water available, new bath-houses, which have heated individual private showers and guess what every site has firewood piled up at the back. The primitive sites are gravel and are $12/night, Electric sites are $17/night, half price with Golden Age/ Golden Access passes. This is one Beautiful Park!

We settled in and had dinner, made a fire, walked about half of the campground, then it was showers and off to bed.

Wednesday after a breakfast of ham & eggs, we headed out to check out the rest of the park. First stop the Visitors Center to gather info. We watched two movies in their auditorium, visited the museum, then were off to Pinnacle Rock Overlook. The road up is very switch backed with several steep climbing hairpin turns and there is a length restriction of 20 feet.


After parking we started the climb to the top. Not far or steep at all, an easy hike on paved path. This was our reward.


A little hazy, but still worthy of a picture.


We checked out some rock formations.


This one has the big ones stacked on the smaller ones.

100_7854Here we’re standin’ on the TN/KY state line along the trail.

After leavin’ the Pinnacle, we headed for the historic town of Cumberland Gap. We stopped the ‘Olde Mill Bed and Breakfast’ cause it looked like the oldest building in town. Attached to the B&B is the Regimental Headquarters of a TN Volunteers Infantry Battalion. Later we drove to Wilderness State Park, we were not impressed. Back to the campground for another night.

100_7865Here I am, Hard at it! 


This is our site from the back.

Well that’s all for today. Hope to see ya down the road as we’re;

Dancin’ on the Wind.

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