The Wilderness Road Campground in the Cumberland Gap National Park is one of our favourite places to stay on our way down to the southern US. The 1st time we stayed was in March 2009, & most recently, we spent a week at the end of Oct 2010. Fall is a gorgeous time to visit this park.
Most of the sites are really spacious with actual forest in between them so there's some privacy. The price is right, only $17/night for a site with electricity (there are 41). None have water or sewer hook ups but you can fill up with drinking water when you get there. There's also a dump station right by the park entrance. The sites with electric are paved, & there are quite a few that can handle a bigger trailer like ours (38 ft). You can't reserve sites, they are first come first serve so if you go during busy seasons and if you're flexible on check in dates, go on Sunday or during the week, you'll have more sites to choose from. Electric sites on the weekends seem to fill up quickly but there always seem to be lots of non-electric sites (there are 119) available if you have a generator or no need for juice.
The restrooms are very clean & comfortable. As previous reviewers have said, the showers have lots of hot water, are huge (they're designed to accommodate someone in a wheelchair) & are heated. Something good to look forward to when returning from a hike in cold weather.
We came back because we really enjoy the hiking here. There are lots of trails that you can do, right from the campground, no driving required. The hike to the Pinnacle overlook (2440 ft elevation) where you'll see amazing views of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia is a must do but it's strenuous. The first part takes you by the Skylight Cave (worth checking out), but it's a hard walk up to the ridge.
Highly recommend going to the ranger station to get advice about the trails based on your ability, they're very helpful. But, if you're in shape and want a challenge, make sure you do the White Rocks and Sand Cave hike, the cave is quite unique and something to see. The trail head is in Ewing, VA just a short drive (20 mins) from the campground. Another good one is the Chadwell Gap 2.9 mile hike up to the ridge. A new public trailhead was recently opened for it and it's only a 10 min drive away.
One other thing, Middlesboro, KY, the closest big town to the park is in a DRY county. No alcohol to be bought in any store or served in any restaurant. But, just a mile east from the park on highway 58 is a BP station with beer and wine and right behind it, is a place called PAPPY's that has a much bigger selection of beer and wine for decent prices.
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