Born in Virginia, Thomas Walker studied medicine and became a doctor but also speculated in land. He joined the Loyal Land Company, organized and led the first expedition through the gap in the mountains, which he named Cumberland Gap in 1750. His expedition explored thousands of acres of land in the western wilderness of Kentucky decades before Lewis & Clark. Near the river, which he named the Cumberland, Walker built a cabin. A replica now stands on part of the land claimed by Dr. Walker. He returned to his Virginia home shortly thereafter, but left a journal documenting the hardships and discoveries of his travels.
Open all year.
***Special dates added for 2017: Beginning February 4th, the park will open for business the first two Saturdays of the month; weather permitting. During these dates, the gift shop will be open from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed November 1 - March 31.
5 Miles SW of Barbourville on KY 459