Kentucky Coal Museum


The Kentucky Coal Museum opened in 1990 and is located in the four story brick structure in Benham which served as the mining community’s company store. Not only does the museum tell the story of coal, it reflects on the miners’ lifestyle —what it meant to live in the closely protected confines of a mountain community, what the schools and churches were like, and the ways in which mining families entertained themselves. The museum contains exhibits on four levels: Read More


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Pine Mountain

State Resort Park
Pineville, Kentucky


This premiere natural park offers hiking, nature study, swimming, picnicking, golf and many other outdoor recreation pursuits. The park encompasses 1700+ acres of which more than half is dedicated as a state nature preserve. The park features scenic landscapes, old growth forest, and generous wildlife viewing opportunities. Enjoy a panoramic mountain view while dining in the Mountain View Restaurant.

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Gap Cave Tours


Join park rangers on an exciting two-hour adventure exploring this majestic underground cathedral! Discover glistening stalagmites and flowstone cascades, or catch a glimpse of a bat. Read more

Historic Rose Gulf Station


Built in 1930 by Carson Rose and operated until 1956, the historic Rose Service Station located just of Hwy 25E in Tazewell was restored by the town of Tazewell in 2001 back to the authentic condition, representing a Gulf “filling station” from days long past. Located at 1837 Main Street Tazewell, TN 37879. For more information: 423-626-5104

Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum


Located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum houses one of the most diverse Lincoln and Civil War collections in the country..

Pinnacle Overlook Historical Significance


The view from the Pinnacle Overlook provides a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains, the Cumberland Gap, and the historic Wilderness Road. The states of Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee are all visible from the overlook which can be accessed via the Skyland Road near the park's main visitor center.



Pinnacle Overlook Today


The first great gateway to the west, Cumberland Gap is a mountain pass that was used by wildlife, Native Indian tribes, and later by settlers moving west. Daniel Boone was hired to blaze a trail beginning in Southwest Virginia through Cumberland Gap known as the Wilderness Road. It became the route westward for pioneers who travelled west through the mountains into the wilderness of Kentucky. Both the North and the South vied for control of the Cumberland Gap during the Civil war. Today the park consists of approximately 20,000 acres and 70 miles of hiking trails. There are numerous scenic and historic features in the park and ranger led programs are offered throughout the year including tours of Gap Cave and the historic Hensley Settlement

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The Cumberland Gap Tunnel is a tunnel that carries U.S. Route 25E under Cumberland Gap National Historical Park near the intersection of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia. The east portal of the tunnel is in Tennessee and the west portal is in Kentucky; according to United States Geological Survey maps of the area, the tunnel does not enter Virginia. It is one of only two mountain vehicular tunnels in the United States that cross a state line, the other being the East River Mountain Tunnel on Interstate 77 between Virginia and West Virginia.

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park


At Cumberland Gap, the first great gateway to the west, follow the buffalo, the Native American, the longhunter, the pioneer... all traveled this route through the mountains into the wilderness of Kentucky. Modern day explorers and travelers stand in awe at this great gateway and the many miles of trails and scenic features found in the park.


With cave tours, Pinnacle overlook, hiking, backpacking, camping, museum, park films, book store, Cumberland crafts and check the parks schedule for event through out the year.

Hiking in the Gap

from the Iron Furnace.

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Middlesboro, Kentucky Meteorite Crater Impact Site


Middlesboro Crater, is a meteor crater in Kentucky. The Middlesboro Crater is located in the Appalachian Mountains, between the Cumberland Mountains and Pine Mountain. The town of Middlesboro, built in the crater, was established in 1886 to mine the iron and coal deposits. Middlesboro Crater is approximately 3 miles diameter and the age is estimated to be less than 300 million years.

Lee Majors was born in Wyandotte, Michigan, Harvey Lee Yeary [Lee took his acting name Lee Majors, from the University of Tennesse football coach Johnny Majors], on the 23rd of April 1939,. He grew up in Middleboro, Kentucky, where he had been adopted by relatives after the death of his parents, when he was less than three years old. He discovered about his adoption on rainy afternoon during his teenage years. He was alone in the house, and overcome with boredom when for some reason he decided to go up into the attic and start poking around in the old boxes and suitcases he found there.  READ MORE

Iron Furnace
Cumberland Gap TN

This structure is located at the base of Cumberland Mountain, next to Gap Creek, near Cumberland Gap, TN - where Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia meet. It was used during the nineteenth century as a charcoal blast furnace for smelting iron. Probably built between 1813 and 1835 by Martin Beaty, it was operated intermittently until about 1881, by a number of people including John G. Newlee for whom the foundry was named at the end of the century. The foundry and buildings were used for ammunition storage for a part of the Civil War. This foundry is considered one of the last examples of a cold-blast charcoal furnace. The site includes the 30' remains of the blast furnace, a grass-covered slag pile, a large stone with drill-holes for splitting it, and a portion of a flume, cut to channel Gap Creek around the foundry.

Cumberland Gap is a prominent V-shaped indentation in the Cumberland Mountains. It is situated on the Kentucky-Virginia boundary approximately one-quarter mile north of the point where Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee meet. The base of the pass lies in a plane 300 feet above the valley floor and 900 feet below the pinnacle on its north side. On the south side, the mountain is only 600 feet above the saddle of the Cap. Viewed from a distance, this picturesque natural feature probably appears much the same as it did when seen by the first pioneers. However, a closer look will reveal that the north side of the pass has been sliced by a modern highway to a depth of approximately twenty feet.


Indians used Cumberland Gap as a gateway through the mountains long before the arrival of the white man. Those crossing the Ohio at the mouth of the Scioto River found a well-beaten trail known as the Warriors' Path, leading directly to the Gap. Often they ventured beyond and into the Carolinas on the Catawba Trail, or toward the south on the Clinch and Cumberland Cap Trail which connected with others leading to present-day Chattanooga and Middle Tennessee. Occasionally these hunters returned to the Scioto country by following the Great Indian Warpath which intersected the Catawba at a point about thirty miles southeast of the Gap.


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Cumberland Gap, Tennessee

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Fort Boonesborough Living History


On the 1st of April, 1775, Daniel Boone, Richard Henderson and their companions, reached the southern bank of the Kentucky River, and began to build a fort, afterwards known as Boonesborough.


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Historic Speedwell Academy


The Academy was founded by German immigrant George Shutter, who came to Tennessee from Pennsylvania in the early 1800′s. It was established in 1806 as Powell Valley Male Academy and later called Speedwell Academy. The Academy was also used as headquarter by General Zollicoffer during the Civil War as he prepared to take Cumberland Gap from Union forces. The Academy was later used as a hospital by both Union and Confederate forces. Hours Open to the Public: Apr. – Oct. (3rd Sun.) 2 – 5 p.m.; Holidays 2 – 5 p.m.; Christmas Open House (1st three weekends in Dec.) 2 – 7 p.m.; Tour groups by appt. 220 Academy Rd., Speedwell, TN 37870 • 423-869-3414

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Wilderness Road State Park


The park is about 310 acres that lie astride the Wilderness Road, a route carved by Daniel Boone in 1775. The route, which followed a buffalo trace, opened America’s first western frontier. Most notable in the park are the Karlan Mansion built in the 1877, a state-of-the-art visitor center and Martin's Station, a replica of a colonial frontier fort that was near this site in 1775.


With Wilderness Road Trail, a 10-mile hiking, biking and equestrian trail. Indian Ridge Trail, a self-guided, natural heritage trail, camping, gift center, and picnic area.

Historic Martin's Station


Martin's Station was a frontier fort originally located at nearby Rose Hill, Virginia. The station, consisting of several fortified cabins, was the only station between the start of the Wilderness Road at the blockhouse in Virginia and Crab Orchard on the edge of the Kentucky settlement – a distance of some 200 miles.


See their website for a schedule of events through out the year.

Built in 1888 -1889 by the Powell's Valley Railroad; sold the same year to the Knoxville, Cumberland Gap and Louisville Railroad; sold in 1896 to the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. Now owned by CSX Railroad to connect Norfolk-Southern RR


Click HERE to see a aerial view of the Rail Tunnel in Cumberland Gap, TN.

Click HERE to see a aerial view of the Rail Tunnel in Middlesboro, KY.

This tunnel used to carry trains from Cumberland Gap to Harrogate TN. It is now a "Rails-to-Trails" tunnel carrying foot and bicycle traffic between the two towns.


Click HERE to see a aerial view of Rails to Trails starting point in Cumberland Gap, TN.


Click HERE to see a aerial view of the Rails to Trails side for Harrogate TN.


Frozen in time
Glacier Girl.....


Fifty years later, this single aircraft was recovered from the ice in 1992 after many years excavation. She underwent an intensive restoration process in Middlesboro, Kentucky beginning in 1993. After hundreds of thousands of man hours and millions of dollars, Glacier Girl stands now as the most perfect restoration of a World War II era warbird ever done and the most perfect P-38 Lightning in existence.
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Crockett Tavern Museum


Located in Morristown, Tennessee, the Museum was built on the site of the boyhood home of Davy Crockett. It is a reconstruction of the 1790's John Crockett Tavern.


The museum is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Our 56th season runs from April 29 - October 25, 2014.


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Middlesboro Country Club was established in 1889 by the English who settled in the region. Investors, away from their homes in England and far removed from their beloved game of golf, found the Yellow Creek Valley a suitable place for the building of a golf course and founded Middlesboro Country Club, now known as the oldest continuously played golf course in the United States.

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Sergeant Alvin C. York
The Sergeant York Patriotic Foundation is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Sergeant Alvin C. York, the greatest hero of World War I.Read more.

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Coal House and Coal Mine Display
Middlesboro, Kentucky


Coal mining equipment is housed in this structure made entirely of coal. Home to the Bell County Chamber of Commerce, this building is truly a unique landmark. The Coal House was built in 1926 out of 42 tons of bituminous coal.

Norris Lake  is a spectacular Tennessee attraction for all kinds of water sports such as swimming, skiing, wakeboarding, fishing and many other lake activities. Boaters come as far as Wisconsin and Florida but most of the population comes from Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Boaters and lake activists can find much to discover as Norris Lake covers 33,840 acres of water and 809 miles of shoreline including 50 miles of island shoreline. Norris Lake is a combination of to rivers, the Clinch and the Powell River. Norris Lake stretches 72 miles up the Clinch River and 56 miles up the Powell River. At its widest Norris Lake is 1.2 miles wide. With Norris Lake sitting on the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains it provides picturesque views of the mountains from its fresh, warm clear waters. The warm water is a residence to many species of fish. Large mouth, small mouth bass, walleye, Rock fish and many other species are well known to reach 50lbs in weight. The rumor around the lake is that, there are catfish the size of VW bugs lurking around the deep waters of the dam. Norris Lake is the largest reservoir on the Tennessee River system.