Gap Cave

At the Gap Cave inside Cumberland Gap National Park, campers can follow park rangers on an exciting two-hour adventure exploring a majestic underground cathedral! They'll discover glistening stalagmites and flowstone cascades, or catch a glimpse of a bat. The moderately strenuous, 1.5 mile tour explores four levels of the cave via 183 steps. The tour includes a 1 mile hike along the historic Wilderness Road. For the safety of all, no children under the age of five are permitted. Appropriate hiking footwear is required. No sandals or open toed shoes are allowed. Groups should meet at the Daniel Boone parking area.
 
Contact Info
Address: 91 Bartlett Park Road, Middlesboro, KY 40965. Bell County. Tel: 606-248-2817. Website: www.nps.gov/cuga/planyourvisit/guidedtours.htm. Hrs: Vary.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: K-12th. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1 hour. Cost: Fee.

Caves, Mines, Panning Fun Facts

In history, caves have been used as shelter, as canvases for cave paintings, for rituals, and for food and weapons storage. In addition to historical relevance, caves also have unique geological features. On your tour be on the lookout for crystals, pools of water, stalagmites, and stalactites.

Mines are filled with useful materials that we use today. Coal is used to create electricity. Gold is used in the making of computers and jewelry. Limestone is used to make sidewalks and statues and monuments. Gypsum is used to make wallboards and plaster which is used in the construction of homes. Ask your tour guides about what the processes are like for mining each of these resources. How long does it take? What do each of these look like in their raw state?