Tri-State Peak - Cumberland Gap NP
Posted by: Lat34North
N 36° 36.046 W 083° 40.521
17S E 260693 N 4053918
Quick Description: The summit of Tri-States Peak in the Cumberland Gap National Park and is the point where Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky state boundaries meet.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 4/7/2012 5:37:13 PM
Waymark Code: WME5X4
"Tri-State Peak is a mountain located in the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, near the "saddle" of the gap. It gets its name from being on the tri-point of the states of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia.
The elevation at the tri-state marker is 1,990 feet (607 m). The marker can be accessed via the "tri-state peak trail," (via connections with the Gap trail and the Object Lesson Road trail) and is about 1.2 miles from the park's visitor's center.
Survey Mark - GA35991
This station is located on the summit of Tri-States Peak in the Cumberland Gap National Park. This station marks the point where the Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky state boundaries meet.
There are several trails leading to the top of the Tri-State Mountain, a trail map is available at the visitors center in KY.
Now I reach the peak.
From the visitor center, take the Pinnacle Road to the “Thomas Walker” parking lot. From the parking lot, follow (i.e. hike) the “Object Lesson Road Trail” (white blaze) to the Saddle of Cumberland Gap. Several trails intersect at the Saddle. From the saddle take the Tri-State Trail (south), you will pass the "Daniel Boone Trail” marker erected by the DAR. Follow the path to the peak. The station is located in a small shelter. There are interruptive signs here as well as stone walls built on the state lines to give “you a visual reference” as to where the state lines are.
parts of the trail are steep, but the paths are well marked and are maintained by the park service. The altitude is 1990 feet.
Location: In LEE county, VA
Designation: VIRGINIA CORNER 2 RESET
Marker Type: triangulation station disk
American Society of Civil Engineers plaque
The site also includes a marker denoting the location as being on the "Royal Colonial Boundary of 1665," which was marked by the American Society of Civil Engineers."
The American Society of Civil Engineers plaque reads:
Civil Engineering Landmark
Royal Colonial Boundary
Original Survey, begun Atlantic Ocean 1728
Survey Reached Mississippi River 1819
For detail of the locations of the benchmarks, see:
- VIRGINIA CORNER 2 RES
- VIRGINIA CORNER 1893
Wikipedia - Royal Colonial Boundary of 1665
Wikipedia - List of Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks