Cumberland Gap, TN
We took the road less traveled on the way to Asheville. I have heard about the Cumberland Gap since fifth grade history, now as a resident of Kentucky this historic site really puts the westward movement in to perspective. I cannot imagine having to travel on foot over these mountains, carrying your possessions.
The town of Cumberland Gap, TN is a small town. The buildings are mostly brick and on the register of historic places. The holler that this town occupies reminds me of a frontier town, one that’s grown up slightly. The bridge shown above is for the bike/walking path that follows the stream.
A popular site along one of the hiking trails, is the Iron Furnace. All that remains of the iron smelting operation is the stone lined furnace.