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Cumberland Falls State Park

Must Visit places in Kentucky – Cumberland Falls

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The Moonbow Park

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Corbin, KY, has a lot to offer to visitors. The Park is probably best known for its Cumberland Falls, which is a 67-foot high waterfall that is about 125 feet wide. Because of its natural beauty, this waterfall is often called the Niagara Falls of the South. A very unusual feature of the waterfall is the appearance of a moonbow when there is a full moon. This occurs because of high humidity around the falls.  It is also the only place in the entire western hemisphere where a moonbow can be seen regularly.

Awesome Activities in Cumberland Falls Park

Hiking, Swimming and Horseback Riding

The Park is part of the Daniel Boone National Forest. There are several trails available for hiking.  There are 12 trails in the park. Guided rafting trips are also available down the Cumberland River. These are available from May through October, but they also depend on water levels at the time. An Olympic-sized swimming pool is also available near the Lodge. The pool is free for the Lodge and cottage guests. Other Park visitors will have to pay a small fee to get in. Horses are available at the Park for 45-minute guided trail rides through the forest. Children over 6 can ride and the stables are open only on weekends in the month of May.  However they are open daily after Memorial Day and through Labor Day. Although horses at the Park cannot be rented for personal rides, there are other horse camps and miles of trails nearby.

Activities Camping

Visitors will find that there are tennis courts, horseshoes and shuffleboard courts. In addition, there are various interpretive programs, and the Visitor’s Center. These provide information about the plants, animals, and some of the local history of the area. Playgrounds and picnic areas, with a shelter, are also available.

Spending the night at Cumberland Falls State Park.

The Dupont Lodge is on the Park grounds.  It offers views of the park and has 52 rooms available for guests. The Lodge is built from solid hemlock and also has some massive stone fireplaces. Woodland Rooms and cottages are also available with one or two bedrooms. The Riverview Restaurant offers a magnificent view of the Cumberland River while guests dine on a specialty of catfish. Over 50 campsites are also available with the necessary facilities and a grocery store, too.

Other Programs at Cumberland Falls State Park.

Various programs are also performed in the Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, but at a cost. These programs include such things as a Women’s Retreat Weekend, a Star Party  and a Moonbow Dinner Theater, which is held in the Riverview Restaurant. There is also a Valentine Getaway Weekend. This special retreat includes a two-night stay, meals for two, a mystery dinner theater, and a dance.

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