This post was originally shared on July 27, 2017. It’s one of my favorite posts, and I’m resharing it.
I’ve been going through old photos and pulled a couple from Cumberland Falls. It is the largest fall south of Niagara and is often called, Niagara of the South. Kentucky has nice state parks often with lovely lodges. The historic Dupont Lodge is perched high above the Cumberland River, a lovely lodge from “way back when.” You can also rent cabins, cottages, and camp sites. As with most places, the price is most reasonable off-season.
The state of Kentucky describes Cumberland Falls as “a wall of water falling 60 feet into a boulder-strewn gorge, a whispering mist that kisses the face and a magical moonbow visible on a clear night under a full moon – a cool attraction you’ll never forget!” It is pretty special. It has 125 foot wide cascade over the boulders to the gorge. They offer a “rainbow mist” ride by boat to the falls during the summer. I think that it’s also a great place to visit in the autumn with the foliage. Activities available in the park include mountain biking, hiking, fishing, horseback rides, and white water rafting.
The park includes 1,657 acres (671 ha) and is also the home of 44-foot (13 m) Eagle Falls.. The falls are one of the few places in the western hemisphere where a moonbow can frequently be seen on nights with a full moon. Before you ask, no I didn’t see one. You must be there at night with a full moon and a clear sky. There is a place on the trail for best viewing of moonbows as well as 20 miles of various trails.
Thanks for taking a trip with me.
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