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Cumberland Falls, Kentucky

Road Trip To Kentucky: Part One

Related Post: Road Trip To Kentucky: Part Two – Eagle Falls

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Cumberland Falls

Known as the “Niagara of the South”, Cumberland Falls features an impressive 125′ wide curtain of water that plunges 60′ into a boulder-strewn gorge below.

The waterfall was named by Dr. Thomas Walker during a 1750 exploration of Kentucky, after the Duke of Cumberland, a son of King George II of England. Additional history of the area can be read here.

Cumberland Falls photographs were shot both at the Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, and along the Eagle Falls Trail (across the river).

Learning of Cumberland Falls back in the mid-1990’s, I traveled to the area for two days of hiking & camping. At that time, I shot photographs using a disposable Kodak camera. Years later – with a better camera – I returned to enjoy the great outdoors!

Cumberland Falls is known as the only location in the Western Hemisphere to have a “moonbow”. If interested in seeing this natural phenomenon, you can check this Moonbow Calendar of dates (weather permitting). Visitors will find ample parking, restrooms, gift shop, visitor center, scenic overlooks, picnic tables, and maybe a musician playing a flute for tourists, complementing the sound of falling water.

Here are some more photographs of Cumberland Falls:

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Here’s a video of Cumberland Falls, from a cliff across the river –


8 responses to “Cumberland Falls, Kentucky”

  1. Felipe Adan Lerma Avatar

    Moonbow! What an interesting history and images to go with it, Phil – thank u! 🙂

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thanks, Felipe – it was indeed a very interesting place to visit!

  2. BallesWorld Avatar

    Beautiful post, the waterfall is fantastic, nature is mesmerizing …… I want to be right next to the waterfall and enjoy the special beauty. Thank you Phil, for sharing this beauty with us.
    Best regards, Balle 🤗

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thanks, Balle – I’m glad that you like this waterfall. It was indeed mesmerizing, a beautiful sight 🙂

      1. BallesWorld Avatar

        Beautiful place, I am thrilled 😍

  3. Thotaramani Avatar

    What a beautiful scenery with green trees everywhere.

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thanks ~ glad you like it 🙂

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