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.

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.

It's in Cumberland Gap National Park, right at the conjunction of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia.

It's in Cumberland Gap National Park, right at the conjunction of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia.

The Pinnacle, in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, overlooking the point where Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee meet.    Credit: D. Muench/H. Armstrong Roberts

The Pinnacle, in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, overlooking the point where Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee meet. Credit: D. Muench/H. Armstrong Roberts

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.

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.

Hike along the Wilderness Road Trail at Cumberland Gap Historic National Park - don't know if this part is in VA,TN, or KY

Hike along the Wilderness Road Trail at Cumberland Gap Historic National Park - don't know if this part is in VA,TN, or KY

Sand Cave at Cumberland Gap

These 20 Epic Places In Kentucky Will Leave Your Jaw On The Floor

Cumberland Gap National Park.  Where KY, VA, and WV converge.  Beautiful in the summertime, too

Cumberland Gap National Park. Where KY, VA, and WV converge. Beautiful in the summertime, too

Stand in three states at once: Kentucky, Virginia, and my beloved Tennessee:  Cumberland Gap's Tri-State Peak trail.

Stand in three states at once: Kentucky, Virginia, and my beloved Tennessee: Cumberland Gap's Tri-State Peak trail.

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