These 20 Epic Places In Kentucky Will Leave Your Jaw On The Floor
3. The naturally formed Sand Cave in Cumberland Gap offers an unusual, yet amazing view of where ancient Kentuckians might have lived. Cumberland Gap is also home to the 2400 foot pinnacle where one can view Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia simultaneously.
Sand Cave in Cumberland Gap National Park. in Cumberland Gap National Park, right at the conjunction of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia. The cave is on the North side of a ridge. The ridge itself is the state line between Kentucky and Virginia. The cave is on the Kentucky side. If you go to Ewing, Virginia, there's a trailhead at a place called "Civic Park".
The Cumberland Gap, 60 miles north of Knoxville, is, like Ellis Island, an icon in the settling of America. It’s estimated that 200,000 to 300,000 people traveled thru the gap between 1775 and 1810, leaving the coastal states and putting down roots in what would become Kentucky and Tennessee. It was the only practical way through the Appalachians for 100 miles north or south. Indian attacks made the more expensive alternate way -- down the Ohio River -- risky.
Bridge across the Cumberland Gap. Many of my ancestors on both the Cherokee & Scots sides were born near or immigrated to the Cumberland Gap. My maternal grandparents were married in the town of Cumberland Gap in 1926