- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (AP) - A popular attraction at Cumberland Gap National Historic Park has closed due to flooding.

WKYT-TV (https://bit.ly/1OjIUFf ) reported Thursday that the historic Hensley Settlement has been closed for the rest of the season because officials say the road leading to the site has become too dangerous to travel on.

Park Ranger Carol Borneman says water falling off the mountains at a rapid pace has weakened the road in southeastern Kentucky. The park service says repairs could take several months to complete.

“It’s used extensively by both park staff and visitors, to access the historic Hensley Settlement, which is a very popular site, here in the park,” Borneman said. “It is so unstable, that if a person, or a horse, or a bicycle were to move into the wrong area, that bank could give way, and there could be serious injury.”

Featuring restored log cabins and other structures, the Hensley Settlement dates back to the early 20th century. It is a prominent attraction at the park, which is located in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.

Brian Gibson, who owns a coffee shop in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, said he expects it to impact tourism.

“There are a lot of people that come here from all over the world to visit this park. It’s just not good that it’s shut down,” he said. “I’m just hoping they’ll get it back going as fast as they can.”

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Information from: WKYT-TV, https://www.wkyt.com


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