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Best Fall Foliage Tours, Moonbows and Farm Market Getaways In the Cumberland Plateau Region Of Kentucky

Updated on September 10, 2012
Harvest Moon On the Farm in September.
Harvest Moon On the Farm in September. | Source

Kentucky In Autumn


Full Moon In Cumberland Falls for Moonbow Sightings

Month in 2012 or 2013
Dates for Viewing Moonbows
28, 29, 30 (Best night)
1, 2...27, 28, 29 (Best night), 30
27, 28, 29 (Best night), 30
26, 27, 28 (Best night), 29, 30
24, 25, 26 (Best night), 27
23, 24, 25 (Best night), 26
25, 26, 27 (Best night), 28
Moon dates taken from NASA database, public domain.

Elvis - Full Moon Of Kentucky

Fall Foliage Tours

Daniel Boone National Forest runs north and south down the center of Kentucky. Fall foliage is beautiful all along the forest, but one particular location includes Moonbow Viewing in the evenings as well. This is Cumberland Falls State Park.

Foliage, Falls and the Moon

Visitors enjoy the falls and the park all year, but combining a drive to view the foliage in late September or in October with moonbow or lunar rainbow viewing over the falls at night makes a unique day trip with an overnight stay in the peaceful and beautiful landscape of the Central Kentucky Forest Region. The whole day and evening are fun, romantic, and good for photographers and landscape artists to portray with their skills.

Rock ledges around the falls (Little Niagara) and park are fun to walk, with a path ending at the Visitor Center. A small museum there offers the history, geology, geography of the park (free admission). If you have kids, they might enjoy this part of the park and even use the information from school assignments or extra credit. A bridge over the falls provides a good view as well.

The park has its own hotel with historic interest. Park rangers are always willing to stop and chat with you about history and any questions you have. This is also a resort that hosts family reunions, weddings, birthday parties, and many other celebrations.

The hotel keeps a variety of games and puzzles on hand for guests, but also offers television. Horseback riding is also popular here, as well as swimming in pool, attending free dances, going fishing or canoeing, or just going for walk or hike. There is a 30-minute guided raft ride down to the base of the falls, if you are interested.

Accommodations inside the park include the DuPont Lodge, cabins, and camping sites for campers. These are all convenient for visitors that stay for moonbows and Stargazing Night events. A single overnight or a weekend of activities and relaxation make a great getaway at Cumberland Falls.

Moonbow: 40 sec.

Cumberland Falls Park In South Central Kentucky

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park:
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Daniel Boone National Forest, Corbin, KY 40701, USA

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Central Kentucky Forests

Morehead KY:
Morehead, KY, USA

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Daniel Boone State Forest and Cumberland Falls near Corbin KY:
Forest Road 195, Daniel Boone National Forest, Corbin, KY 40701, USA

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Farm Markets and U-Pick Farms Near Cumberland Falls

McCracken County - west of the falls

  • Green's 'Silo House' Farms – Retail and Wholesale. Preserves, jams, jellies, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, flowers, melons, red raspberries spring and autumn, black raspberries spring and autumn; U-Pick and pre-picked; trees and shrubs; school tours 7435 New Hope Church Rd, Paducah KY. Phone: (270) 534 -1005. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7PM – 5 PM. Payments: Cash, Check, Debit, and Credit.

Pulaski County - north of the falls

  • Burnside Florist And Greenhouses - 5780 South Highway 27, Somerset KY. Phone: 606-271-0342. Crops are usually available in June through October. Hours: Monday to Sunday 8am to 5:30 pm. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry plants as well as the berries.
  • Haney's Appledale Farm - 8350 West 80, Nancy KY. Phone: 606-636-6148. Hours: March to December, Monday through Saturday, 8:30AM - 5:30PM; Sunday, 1:00PM - 5:30PM. U-Pick apples; pumpkins, sweet corn, green beans, melons, apple cider, baked goods, jams, jellies, honey, sorghum, candy. Gift shop on premises and snack bar. Farm tours and school tours.

Rockcastle County - north of the falls

  • Sigmon Farms -- 477 Rimmell Cemetery Road Mt. Vernon KY. Phone: 606- 256-2781. Hours: 9 to 9 seven days a week. Vegetables, Pumpkins, Pumpkin Festival, Farm Tours. Beef cattle, pigs, goats, garden plants, alfalfa, hay, straw, field-corn. Farm tours for school classes.

Whitley County - nearest the falls

  • Double Hart Farm -- 6550 Cumberland Falls Road, Corbin KY. Phone: 606-523-0465. Open: May to September, Monday through Saturday, 9am to 5pm. U-Pick strawberries, tomatoes, and green beans. Located 5 miles south of Corbin KY, on US 25W; or 5 miles south of I-75 Exit 25 on US 25 W toward Cumberland Falls State Park.

Cumberland Falls


Corbin, Kentucky

Many Tourists traveling to Cumberland Falls also visit Corbin KY, especially for meals.

Some visitors are surprised to find the Colonel Harland Sanders Museum and Café in Corbin, open 10AM to 10PM, seven days a week. Address: 688 US Highway 25W Corbin, KY 40701.

The museum showcases the history of the first Kentucky Fried Chicken Restaurant that was built on this site. You can see the original kitchen and lodging area that operated decades ago. The restaurant also pumped gasoline for many years. A modern KFC unit is inside the building.

The Corbin Annual NIBROC Festival

NIBROC is Corbin spelled backwards and a good excuse for a festival during the middle of every August. It is like a county fair with a beauty pageant, exhibits, music, food, rides a many other offerings for a week.

A Cruise-In Car Show is popular on Main Street several months of the year: May, June, July, and September on the second Saturday.

The Kentucky Native American Heritage Museum Benefit Pow Wow is held every Labor Day Weekend. The Corbin Main Street merchants support Downtown Corbin Moonbow Nights, to highlight Cumberland Falls Report Park moonbows and moonbow hikes. Ther eis an Arts Festival, antiques, a market, street vendors and other venues during Spring, Summer and Fall moonbow sighting nights.


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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      4 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Yes, once you're there, you do not want to leave!

    • TimArends profile image

      Timothy Arends 

      4 years ago from Chicago Region

      My grandmother, who was born in Kentucky and went to school there, but who spent most of her life living in Indiana, thought Kentucky was the most beautiful state in the union.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Hi, TT and WannaB -- I think it's probably cooler yet at Cumbrland Falls than in the MidWest(early Sept.), where we had too much of a heat wave July-Aug., so a trip there would be refreshing. Friends used to rent a houseboat on the Cumberland River as well and always had a good time.

    • WannaB Writer profile image

      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I wish I were there right now. It looks like a wonderful place to relax and just soak in the beauty. I'd love to take some of the walks at this time of year.

    • TToombs08 profile image

      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Fascinating stuff, Patty. I would love to see a moonbow and Cumberland Falls. Thank you for this! Voted up and more.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      What a wonderful place to be, Zsuzsy Bee! Canada is such a beautiful country overall. It's nice to see you on HubPages.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      What a great hub (as always). The scenery is gorgeous reminds me a bit of the Muskokas here in Ontario.

      marked as beautiful and thumbs up

      Hope you're well Patty

      regards Zsuzsy

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      At night under a full moon, you can often see a rainbow over Cumberland Falls. There is a scene of one at dusk in the video in the Hub.

    • Lwelch profile image

      Lena Welch 

      6 years ago from USA

      What exactly is a moonbow? I jut saw this word in a book I am reading yesterday and here it shows up again.


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