Monday, February 23, 2015

Cumberland Falls - Daniel Boone National Forest

Hello all!! Just found an interesting photo on Cumberland Falls State Resort Parks Facbook page and wanted to share. On the left is the Park's photo and on the right is mine which was taken in 2010 when the Cumberland Falls were at normal flow. Wow!!! What a difference!

Cumberland Falls

Anyone who hasn't visited this gem is really missing out! 

Cumberland Falls is also known as "The Niagra of the South" and it receives some fame from its Moonbow. The Moonbow, frequently seen on nights with a full Moon, it is created when the light is reflected off the moon and then refracted in the clouds of mist off the falls. 


Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is located in the Daniel Boone National Forest in Eastern Kentucky, (Go Big Blue!) on the Cumberland Plateau. Located in Corbin, Ky the state park is totally encompassed in the Daniel Boone National Forest. The area has been described as some of the most rugged terrian west of the Applacians. It is divided into four ranger districts, Stearns or Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, the Cumberland District (Red River Gorge), London District, and the Redbird District. Cumberland Falls and the state park that bears its name are in the Stearns District in the southern portion of the Daniel Boone. 

Bridge over Cumberland River 
At Park entrance

Big South Fork Natioianl River and Recreation Area is over 170,000 acres of natural forest and the outdoor opportunities are endless! Rent a cabin or camp, if you need more stay over in Somerset for all the comforts. Moutain Biking, canoeing, white water rafting, hiking, horseback riding and even a scenic railway!! 

Big South Fork Park is nestled in some of the most beautiful country in the nation. The area is also know for the highest concentration of natural bridges in the Eastern United States. 

Natural Arch 

Cumberland River 

Limestone, shale, and sandstone again offer hoodoos, high bluffs, and amazing examples of erosion in the form of gorges and waterfalls. The area is also home to one of Kentucky's highest waterfalls Yahoo Falls

Yahoo Falls from top 

Yahoo Falls from bottom

Over 20 miles of trails are waiting the feet of hikers, Birding and Wildflower Weekend, Overnight canoeing, Native American Weekend and many other events are hosted in the park. A visitor's center, lodge, restaurant, and interpitive center are within the park as well. 

Yahoo Falls Trail

If you haven't been, and even if you have, why aren't you planning a trip yet? 

Happy Hiking!!!! 

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