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Visit Cumberland Falls State Park

The Cumberland Falls State Park is one of America's most historic, beautiful, and awe-inspiring natural attractions. For hundreds of years, its powerful falls, serene trails, and breathtaking landscapes have impressed countless travelers, artists, outdoorspeople, and Native American tribes alike. Known as the "Niagara of the South", the Cumberland Falls State Park's 1,657 sq. acres of natural wonders attract visitors from around the country to witness its supreme grandeur and to explore its rich and wonderful flora.

No trip to Williamsburg, KY is complete without a relaxing day of hiking or fishing at the Cumberland Falls State Park. Located in neighboring Corbin, KY, the falls are just 25 minutes from the Cumberland Inn & Museum. Pack your boots, grab your binoculars, and start exploring!


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See the Falls

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Open year-round, the massive and powerful Cumberland Falls are one of Kentucky's most beautiful and popular natural attractions. Backpackers, outdoorspeople, and nature enthusiasts make the pilgrimage to the park to:

  • Witness the 165 feet tall and 65 foot wide falls
  • Enjoy the stunningly beautiful Cumberland River
  • Photograph the one-of-a-kind attraction
  • Experience one of America's most magnificent landscapes
 

Hike the Trails

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In addition to its iconic, namesake falls, The Cumberland Falls State Park also features over 17 miles of world-class hiking trails. Ranging from a half mile long to nearly eleven miles long, the park's diverse trails offer something for everyone. The park's best trails include:

  • The 10.8- mile Moonbow Trail that begins at the Cumberland Falls and ends at the mouth of the Laurel River
  • The 5-mile Cumberland River Trail that follows the river upstream and crosses paths with the Moonbow
  • The 1.5-mile Eagle Falls Trail that offers phenomenal views of the falls and follows the park's gorgeous cliff line
  • The 2.5-mile Anvil Branch Trail that features some of the park's most beautiful flora, including a bounty of spring wildflowers
 

Witness the Moonbow

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While exploring the Cumberland Falls State Park on a crisp, autumn afternoon is one of life's greatest pleasures, seeing the falls at night is a truly singular experience. On clear, moonlit nights, the lunar light strikes the rushing river water to create the stunning and coveted phenomenon known as the moonbow. Exciting, right? Here are some insider tips to bear in mind when viewing the moonbow:

  • You won't have to worry about hiking through the woods after nightfall as the prime viewing overlook is about 600 feet away from the parking area on paved and lighted paths
  • Visitors must have their back to the moon and be facing the falls to observe the moonbow
  • The phenomenon is best seen when the moon is at its lowest, therefore the hours after sunset and before sunrise make for the best viewing times
 

Do Some Fishing

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Known as the Kentucky Wild River, the 7.5 mile stretch of the Cumberland River below the falls offers some of the state's best fishing. Pack your rod, reel, and tackle when you visit the Cumberland Falls State Park to enjoy:

  • An abundance of small-mouth bass, spotted Kentucky bass, panfish, catfish, walleye, redbreast sunfish and roughfish
  • Seasonal stocks of brown trout and rainbow trout
  • Fantastic bank fishing just below the falls
  • Downstream float fishing
 

The Picture-Perfect Cumberland Excursion

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Located just a short drive from the trails, fishing, and flora of the Cumberland Falls State Park, the Cumberland Inn & Museum provides the perfect home base for your outdoor excursion. In addition to our comfortable guest rooms and suites, The Cumberland Inn & Museum also features a beautiful and spacious three-story log home that sleeps up to 27 guests. Perfect for a family adventure, the log home includes a full kitchen, a washer and dryer, a spacious deck and patio, and access to the rest of our hotel's fantastic amenities.

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Directions from Cumberland Inn

  • Head southeast on S 10th St toward KY-92 W (Towards the McDonalds)
  • Turn Right onto KY-92W
  • Take the first right to merge onto I-75 N toward Lexington
  • Take exit 15 for US-25W toward Cumberland Falls/State Resort Park/Williamsburg
  • Turn left onto US-25W N
  • Slight left onto KY-90 - there will be a sign for Cumberland Falls Park
  • Continue for 8 miles and the park entrance will be on the right.