From National Parks

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

The last National Park site that Tom and I visited, before heading home to Ohio, was Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.  To Native Americans, Cumberland Gap was the passageway to their traditional hunting grounds on the western side of the Appalachian Mountains.  To the early pioneers, Cumberland Gap was the gateway to new land and …

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Obed Wild and Scenic River, Tennessee

Obed Wild and Scenic River is another National Park site in eastern Tennessee.  It was an easy drive from where we were staying in near Knoxville and we decided to visit. The National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968 sought to preserve free-flowing rivers to balance national policies of extensive dam building.  In 1968, eight …

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Big South Fork National River

Another National Park site that is just a short distance from Knoxville is the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.  In fact, the Big South Fork is about the same distance west from Knoxville as the Great Smoky Mountains are to the east.  Yet Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area only …

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Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument

Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument is one of the newest National Park sites.  It was dedicated on September 2020 after years of advocacy by the Mill Spring Battlefield Association.  Thanks to the Association there is a beautiful Visitors Center and a very good museum already in place.  Currently, Mill Spring Battlefield National Monument only has …

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