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Cumberland Gap Polar Bear Plunge - CLAIBORNE COUNTY

For more information, contact the museum at 423-869-9993

For more information, contact the museum at 423-869-9993

The town of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee has been celebrating the New Year in just this way for nearly two decades by dipping in Gap Creek. This famous creek, flowing straight out of Gap Cave since long before Thomas Walker walked these hallowed grounds, is the source of Cumberland Gap Spring Water, and provides the surrounding households with necessary libation all year long. This year, the event will be sponsored by The Cumberland Gap Fire Department. 

Each year on January 1, precisely at noon, onlookers and jumpers gather at Gap Creek in front of the Little Congress Bicycle Museum in downtown Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, to add a sense of splash to their lives by joining this embracing ritual, setting their new year’s resolutions and taking the plunge with hopes of new beginnings. Bring a towel and join the crowd. 

If you haven’t seen this, you won’t want to miss it. If you have seen it, we look forward to seeing you again this year. It is becoming a reunion crowd that grows every year. Don’t miss out, hundreds could be in attendance!!