Dr. Thomas Walker first noted the Cumberland Gap in 1750. In 1775, Daniel Boone blazed the Wilderness Road trail. It is said that he used the White Rocks as a signpost to being on the right path and very close to reaching the Gap.
Today hikers can travel to the top of the White Rocks, by going up the trail in Ewing Virginia. The Cumberland Gap National Historical Park has established parking, a pavilion, and rest room facilities at the Thomas Walker Civic Park where the trail head begins. The 5.2 mile hike is sure to get the blood pumping, and there are many trees, flowers and creatures to experience along the way. Most folks also visit the Sand Cave while on that same journey, which brings the total to 9 miles of hiking and many beauties of nature to enjoy.