Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Corbin
Categories: Waterfalls, State Parks, Nature & Parks
Discover 671 hectares (1,657 acres) of natural beauty at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, which is named for its centerpiece, the 21 m (68 ft) falls. Called the "Niagra of the South," the falls are one of few places in the Western Hemisphere where you can see a moonbow on a full moon night. Contained within the Daniel Boone National Forest, this park is the perfect place to hike, bike, horseback ride, fish, or simply take in scenic vistas. Check the calendar on the park website to see if you'll have the chance to catch a moonbow during your visit. For an overnight stay, reserve a campsite, cabin, or room at the historical lodge. To visit Cumberland Falls State Resort Park on your trip to Corbin, use our Corbin itinerary maker.
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We have never stayed in a Kentucky State Park so this was a totally new experience. The hotel is perched over the Cumberland river and the view is spectacular. Since the hotel was built in the 30's th... read more »
I go to Cumberland Falls quite often, the view never gets old. Such a beautiful area overall, great exercise, and wonderful local culture!
We so enjoyed these falls. They are so beautiful. The park rangers were very friendly telling the best spots to take pictures and even took our picture. They also ask about our route and suggested oth... read more »
I loved this park! We only had a short stay here but I think we could easily stay here longer! The waterfall was beautiful! and very accessible. There were some flat easy short trails to get different views of the waterfalls. Also, dogs are allowed at the park which was great for us since we were traveling with our dogs. We also hiked trail number 9 gorge overlook trail, they told us this was one of the top trails in Kentucky. It was a very nice trail through the forest and gave a lot of views of the beautiful waterfall. I am scared of heights and overall this trail wasn't horrible. There were a few times I was anxious and right towards the end there was a climb down to see another view of the waterfalls and I stayed back for this part of the trail because just by looking at the hike down I knew I wouldn't like it. My husband said the view was nice but not much different than other "easier" views that I had already saw. Also, we stayed in one of the cabins which were decent price and dog friendly. I would have loved to stay up in or near the lodge but all the dog friendly rooms up there were booked. The cabins were nice though because we had lots of space, a kitchen & our own little area!
Loved the park. My fiance and I reserved the Clifty Campground 49. It is in a completely different area than the other sites and we heard and saw zero people the entire time we were there. It is on a cliff so I don't suggest the spot if you have a tent that is made for more than 4 people. It is super relaxing and has great trails. Don't waste your money on attractions for kayaking and horseback riding on the way into the park, the are way cheaper in the park.
Great staff, friendly. Camp sites are tight. We stayed in the Clifty Falls area, which is more secluded and spacious than the other camping area, but hard to navigate a popup or a small travel trailer. You can't take anything bigger than a 20' camper here, this is mostly for tents. Bathrooms are on par with a state park. Prices are good especially when compared to most other camping sites.
We camped out the night before our trip to the falls and the campgrounds were very nice. The showers had hot and cold water and the bathroom was clean. Our fellow campers were very respectful of the rules and other campers. We were in a tent and the site was well-maintained with a firepit/grill and a picnic table. The trailer spots looked pretty nice too with electric hookups. The falls themselves were beautiful and roaring. It was a humid, heat advisory kind of day so we didn't walk or hike any trails but they looked a decent length.
I enjoyed the seeing the falls but not all the garbage. It appeared that over a period of time there's been floods that had plenty garbage. The garbage was then deposited right beside the falls in HUGE amounts. I am a resident of Kentucky and I can tell you it embarrasses me for visitors coming to our state having to see all that garbage. Heck, I hated to see it. Why didn't the park employees clean the garbage up before it got so bad? Or at least get volunteers to come one day and help clean it up. The falls is beautiful and it's set in a beautiful place. But the man made garbage dump takes away from it's beauty and it's a real shame. Clean it up, it's a state park!
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