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Sand Cave in Cumberland Gap National Park, and a friend standing in the perfect spot. Photographer's heaven.

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UPDATE: Wow. I leave my computer for a day and I'm on the front page of Explore. Sincere thanks for all the comments and faves. I've now geotagged the photo if you want to see where I took it.

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UPDATE 2: Some people really want to visit this place and have asked for more specific hiking instructions, so here you go:

It's in Cumberland Gap National Park, right at the conjunction of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia. The cave is on the North side of a ridge. The ridge itself is the state line between Kentucky and Virginia. The cave is on the Kentucky side. If you go to Ewing, Virginia, there's a trailhead at a place called "Civic Park".

You hike up to the ridge and follow the signs at the top, which take you back down to the cave. It's a nice day hike, though we spent the weekend on the ridge overlooking the valley, at a place called White Rocks. The downside is that the clouds that made the photo a really cool shot were there all weekend, and we only saw the view of the valley from our campsite for a few minutes on the last morning.

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  1. redbullfan27 23 months ago | reply

    a few weeks ago I made the mischa mokwa two times, but it took 4 days to finish. It is a very beutiful place to hike especially white rocks and sand cave.

  2. PhotoArt Images (Away) 23 months ago | reply

    OUTSTANDING capture, just stunning!!

  3. michael+yan 21 months ago | reply

    very cool shot :D damn nice.

  4. aloeverausa 21 months ago | reply

    Lovely Picture !

  5. GEO M I 19 months ago | reply

    wow - that place is immense - cool cave!!

  6. Sunsword & Moonsabre 16 months ago | reply


    Excellent!!! Your work is ART!
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  7. MERLIN08 16 months ago | reply


    Excellent!!! Your work is ART!
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  8. Pana53 16 months ago | reply


    Excellent!!! Your work is ART!
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  9. Hotfish 16 months ago | reply


    Excellent!!! Your work is ART!
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  10. miradel 14 months ago | reply

    great work :)

  11. akamuza 11 months ago | reply

    So amazing!

  12. maayanmitz 11 months ago | reply

    remindes me of caspar david friedrich.... amazing photo.

  13. marcellucray 10 months ago | reply

    great lightning.........

  14. Helena Costa. 4 months ago | reply

    perfect shot indeed :)

  15. pflunki (fubar) 4 months ago | reply

    Beautiful colours, great light.

  16. Blue-Eyed Kentucky 2 weeks ago | reply

    Beautiful shot! I grew up in this area (Middlesboro, KY), and it's a real treat to see photos of this wonderful place. Thanks for sharing.

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