Hensley Settlement

Hensley Settlement
Part of
Cumberland Gap National Historic Park
(606) 248-2817
More Info: https://harlancountytrails.com/hensleysettlement.php

In 1903, the Hensley family settled atop Brush Mountain, forsaking settled areas for an entirely self-sufficient way of life. This truly rural Appalachian settlement continued, without electricity, indoor plumbing, roads or any modern conveniences until the last inhabitant left in 1951.

Approximately 25 of the original buildings have been restored and the surrounding land has been returned to the original farming and pasture scene of its orginal appearance.


Access to Hensley Settlment from Harlan County is by the way of primitive “Hensley Settlment Road” up the steep face of Brush Mountain. Take KY 987 to Cubage. The road is open to four-wheel drive vehicles, horseback riding and hiking only. ATV’s are not permitted. No vehicles or horses permitted inside the settlement.

Tours: https://www.nps.gov/cuga/planyourvisit/guidedtours.htm

Bus tours to the settlement are available through Cumberland Gap National Historic Park. Call (606) 248-2817

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