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"snakes and poisonous plants" Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Warnings Or Dangers Tip by k4uad

I want to point out the dangers of doing any hiking in this area. I know the dangers of the area well because I live here. If you are planning to hike or camp at the Cumberland Gap camping sites, be wary of poisonous snakes such as rattlesnakes and copperheads. They are very active during the summer months. I had a friend to be bitten by a copperhead on his 16th birthday party by wandering into a weeded area. So be careful.
Also be sure you know what poison ivy and poison oak plants look like. It can save you a lot of pain and make your stay here a lot more comfortable. Depending on your level of tolerance to these plants, it could range to mild irritation to spreading all over your body.

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  • Written Mar 31, 2006
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