Last week marked the third Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Meet and Greet session.
CGNHP staff was joined by Wilderness Road State Park manager Scott Bowen, Pine Mountain State Resort Park manager Rita Edmondson and PMSRP sales contact Valerie Cornelius.
Visitors were encouraged to meet at the CGNHP visitors center and speak with park personnel to voice their opinions about the park, events and tourism opportunities. CGNHP superintendent Sula Jacobs said that many visitors complimented how the parks work together and suggested future partnership opportunities between the parks.
“The idea was to have these informal sessions, but I kind of take it as good news that nobody was there to complain about anything. Everybody was really happy and complimentary,” said Jacobs.
Upcoming park events were also a large part of discussion, from the Batty about Bats programming to the recurring Hike of the Month.
White nose syndrome is a fungus which has been gaining national attention from the National Park Service and cave and nature enthusiasts. This syndrome has been spotted and reported in CGNHP’s Gap Cave and can be spread to other bats by visitor contact, inevitably killing millions of bats across the nation.
A special program, Batty about Bats, will be held Sept. 12 and 19 to inform people about the importance of the syndrome and what visitors can do to help stop the spread. The program will begin at 7 p.m.
The Hike of the Month event has been a widely popular event to traverse trails in the park with a ranger or interpretive guide. The next hike will be to Tri-State Peak and is scheduled for Aug. 15.
The next Meet and Greet event is scheduled for Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the park visitors center.
For more information about upcoming events, contact the park visitors center at 606-248-2817 or visit www.nps.gov/cuga.
Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardmbdn.