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The Cumberland Falls

Updated on July 12, 2016

Niagra of the South

Cumberland Falls is a state recreation park just to the west of the town of Corbin, in southeastern Kentucky. It's about ten miles to the west. I would recomend that everyone that is attracted to waterfalls go see it at least once in their life. I go there each year. It is going to take some time to build this lens. So, check back frequently. It is a small bit different each time I go to see it. By the number of people that visit the curtain of water that is 125 feet wide. Cumberland Falls slowly became known as the Niagara of the South. Dramatic in the day or the night. It is one of my favorite places. I am even going to move there sometime soon. It's a real nice place.

Normal View of Cumberland Falls


Location of Cumberland Falls

Cumberland Falls is located just a few miles to the west of Corbin, KY, with the Cumberland Falls State Resort Park built around it.. Even if it is in rural southeastern Kentucky, Cumberland Falls is an attraction for people from all about the world. Open to the public all year. The cost is free, unless you stay overnight or eat something. On one side of the falls (the east side) there are a small gift shop with limited hours, a picnic area, a nature center, a small snack shop, and plenty of parking for cars and busses.

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The Moonbow

One of the unique features of this particular watterfall it the moonbow. What they call a moonbow is in reality a rainbow that is created from the light of the moon passing the water mist of the falling water. This phenomenon can only be seen on a predictable time frame at only two known places in the world. It is true that other waterfalls will have a moonbow seen by it once in a while, but try to predict when it will come again. Cumberland Falls in the only place in the Western Hemisphere that the moonbow can be seen each and every full moon with a clear or partly cloudy sky.

Family View


State Resort Park

I do like and enjoy the Cumberland Falls.

As a state resort park it has a gift shop and visitor's center that are both open every day of the year. In the visitor's center there is a three-demensional relief map of the major facilities of the park, along with other exhibits that show the geology and history of the area and illustrations of the Native American life.

All year long they have programs an native animals, native plants, and local history by a full-time recreation specialist with a seasonal staff. Also enjoy a game of horseshoes, tennis, shuffleboard, or swim in the pool. A picnic area has tables, grills, playgroung, and a picnic shelter.

Enjoy a view of the winding Cumberland River while eating at theRiverview Restaurant.

Single rooms and several cottages are available for overnight or extended stays, along with 50 seasonal campsites with water and electric hookups.



Cumberland Falls hasover 17 miles of hiking trails winding the park passing many scenic areas. A paradise for hikers and backpackers. Some of the trails join with the trails of the Daniel Boon National Forest.

Horseback riding offers a thrill fir the first timer and the more experienced rider, but personal horses are not permitted on the trails. Stables are open weekends in the summer. All riders must be over the age of six.

Guided rafting trips are offered, depending on water levels. Like always, a fee is charged.

Cool off after your hike with a dip in the pool, olympic size. Small fee for the public and free for the cottage and lodge guests.

Enjoy fishing in the Cumberland river and try to catch bass, catfish, or panfish.

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      Bernie 5 years ago from Corbin, KY

      @captainj88: It is about 20 minutes to the west of the south entrence/exit of Corbin

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Terrific. I've driven through the Boone Forest up I-75 back and forth between Florida and Ohio several times but I'm usually on a schedule and never took the time to stop at the park and hike or see the falls. Will have to do that in the future.

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      amandascloset0 5 years ago

      Nice lense! Enjoyed it the stroll down memory lane! May go back up there this week after reading this lense.

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      puddytat101 5 years ago

      You have misspelled Niagara as in Niagara Falls.

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      puddytat101 5 years ago

      nice video of the falls

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      Sharyn Read 5 years ago from ... either in the kitchen or at my laptop...

      Nice! What a spectacular water fall - thank you so much for sharing!

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I have driven through Kentucky a few times but never managed to visit the parks and caves there. I would love to see the falls, as I love waterfalls, but unless we win the lottery, chances are I am unlikely to go that way again. Nicely done.

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      Steve Dizmon 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I live in the Nashville area, have relatives in that area and have been to the Park several times. It is a great place to experience the outdoors.

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Blessed! Please add this to my Valentine Gifts, What Sold and Blessings 2012 lens.

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      NoYouAreNot 6 years ago

      Ok, not so impressive as Niagara Falls, but who cares... They're beautiful. :)))

      Thanks for posting.

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      cumberland falls is a beautiful place to visit. it looks so perfect. just the horseshoe form is missing and it would be like niagara falls. i just want to catch you attention. look again in your title, something is missing. don't worry, it happens to me too. blessings.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Wonderful spot. We have similar places in Australia and they make great camping places. Blessed and featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012. Hugs

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Absolutely beautiful! I would love to visit in person!

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      iijuan12 6 years ago from Florida

      I think I camped near there while in college. It's a beautiful area!

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      I can see why you like Cumberland Falls so much. I've never been to Kentucky, but did visit Niagara Falls once (on the Canadian side). Despite the beautiful photographs, waterfalls are something you just need to experience in person.

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      Bernie 6 years ago from Corbin, KY

      @ajgodinho: Thanks.

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love waterfalls and even though I've been to Niagara Falls many times, I'm always amazed by the falls every time. Cumberland Falls looks great and seems to have a lot to offer for nature lovers. **Blessed by a Squid-Angel**

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I would love to visit Cumberland Falls and I would definitely have to get inside that tree, cool! There is something so wonderful about how water falls make you feel, I think it more than just the negative ions from the falling water but that probably is a part of it. I think its a beauty that our soul just embraces for our whole being.

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      Bernie 6 years ago from Corbin, KY

      @anonymous: more to come

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for being my guide for Cumberland Falls

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      AsianMarketplace 6 years ago

      A nice and beautiful lens you have!

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      puerdycat lm 6 years ago

      Have heard this name many times. Sounds so full of ... wonderful stuff. I remember moonbows from Hawaii over Tantalus.

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      Looks like a really beautiful place.

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      bames24 lm 6 years ago

      very informative... love the pictures :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Definitely new information and educative to me. :)