The One Minute Geographer: Southwest Virginia’s Cumberland Gap

Jim Fonseca
3 min readFeb 5, 2024
Map centered on Cumberland Gap, Virginia. Base map from alabamamaps.ua.edu. Circles added by the author.

The odd shapes of many American states create some interesting geographical problems for residents. Let’s say you live near the town of Cumberland Gap, Virginia at the tip of Southwestern Virginia and you want to drive to your state capital, Richmond.

You are looking at a long haul! According to Google Maps, you are looking at a trip of about 425 miles that…

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Jim Fonseca

Geography professor (retired) writes The One Minute Geographer featuring This Fragile Earth. Top writer in Transportation and, in past months, Travel.