Cumberland Gap National Historic Park: White Rocks Hike

Hike 8.2 miles on steep singletrack paths to rock overhangs where raptors soar, then onward to Sand Cave, a giant rock feature sculpted by wind and rain.
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Hike 8.2 miles on steep singletrack paths to rock overhangs where raptors soar, then onward to Sand Cave, a giant rock feature sculpted by wind and rain.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 9.3

Waypoints

WRL001

Location: 36.6527481079102, -83.4359130859375

Trail begins behind shelter @ Civic Park, then gently climbs up small, rocky drainage

WRL002

Location: 36.6576309204102, -83.4354095458984

Trail T-bones with old logging road; turn L

WRL004

Location: 36.662971496582, -83.4457168579102

Veer R; it's a short but tedious scramble to the top

WRL005

Location: 36.6657485961914, -83.4465713500976

Swing R, heading E to a pair of big boulder overlooks

WRL006

Location: 36.6670608520508, -83.4431381225586

Red-tailed hawks and vultures surf the late-
afternoon thermals rising off the white cliffs; a surge of wooded mountain views span to the W, SW, and N; return to WPT 5 and turn R

WRL007

Location: 36.6674499511719, -83.4589080810547

Bear R

WRL008

Location: 36.6694488525391, -83.4580917358398

Sand Cave: This house-sized cave with an impressive archway and sandy fl oors (up to knee-deep) once provided shelter for Native Americans; backtrack to WPT 7, then head S

WRL009

Location: 36.6660499572754, -83.4611434936524

Turn L; begin traverse down wind-battered cl

WRL003

Location: 36.6610221862793, -83.4333038330078

Trail turns sharply L, the beginning of stiff switchbacks up to White Rocks

WRL010

Location: 36.6636009216309, -83.4535675048828

Stay straight to WPT 4, and backtrack to car