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Cumberland Falls
Vacation Travel Guide

Gaze in awe at Kentucky’s own Niagara of the South, where a stunning cascade creates a unique natural phenomenon on brightly moonlit nights.

Cumberland Falls is the star attraction and an unforgettable sight in the state park of the same name. While the 125-foot (38-meter) wide curtain of water is a mesmerizing display day or night, the waterfall’s renown comes from the intriguing phenomenon that occurs under the light of the moon. Visit on a clear night of the full moon to see the falls’ mystical “moonbow.”

Make your way along the short path to the Cumberland Falls viewpoint. From this angle, you’ll see the clear waters of the Cumberland River leaping 68 feet (20.7 meters) into a rocky gorge framed by pretty pines. Visit the falls on a bright moonlit night to experience a unique natural phenomenon. Cumberland Falls’ particular aspect in the western hemisphere means that the light from the moon refracts in the clouds of mist that arise from the cascade. You’ll be able to see a faint rainbow-like phenomenon arching across the gorge. This mystical vision only occurs in a few locations in the world. If you have a tripod and a camera with very slow shutter settings, you might be able to capture the lunar rainbow in a photograph.

Stay in the historic lodge located nearby or pitch a tent in the scenic campgrounds. There are also cabins available for rent. Stay the night in Cumberland State Park and wake up to the tranquil forest and morning birdsong. The lodge has a restaurant with an observation deck for admiring the river.

Explore the network of trails that wind around the park. Choose from densely wooded trails, riverside meadows and historic logging roads. Follow the Laurel and Cumberland rivers and see a myriad of wildflowers in spring. The popular Cumberland Falls Trail begins at the information display in front of the DuPont Lodge and affords fantastic views of the river and Gatliff Bridge.

Cumberland Falls are located a short distance south of Corbin in southern Kentucky. The waterfall has an on-site parking lot and is free to visit at any time of the year. A calendar of the best times to view Cumberland Falls is available on the state park’s website.

Top Hotels Close to Cumberland Falls

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
3.5 out of 5
7351 Hwy. 90, Corbin, KY
The price is $90 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

Situated in a state park, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Cumberland Falls.

4.1/5Very Good! (665 reviews)

"The property is located close to Cumberland falls. Actually they have a trail that leads to the falls it's a .75 hike if you want to walk or an easy drive."…"

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2021

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Holiday Inn Express Williamsburg
Holiday Inn Express Williamsburg
2.5 out of 5
56 West Highway 92, Williamsburg, KY
The price is $94 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20

Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Kentucky Splash Water Park and within 16 mi (25 km) of Memorial Park and Indian Mountain State Park. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (218 reviews)

"Nice clean place to stay. Friendly staff but breakfast could definitely be improved."…"

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2021

Holiday Inn Express Williamsburg
FairBridge Inn Express Whitley City
FairBridge Inn Express Whitley City
2 out of 5
1116 N Highway 27, Whitley City, KY
The price is $45 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.7 km) from Somerset Community College and within 12 mi (20 km) of Yahoo Falls and Split Bow Arch Overlook. ...

3.3/5 (141 reviews)

"I liked everything! The people was real nice and helped me with the baggage to the room."…"

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2020

FairBridge Inn Express Whitley City
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Cumberland Falls

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
3.5 out of 5
7351 Hwy. 90, Corbin, KY
The price is $90 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Holiday Inn Express Williamsburg
Holiday Inn Express Williamsburg
2.5 out of 5
56 West Highway 92, Williamsburg, KY
The price is $94 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Holiday Inn Express Williamsburg
FairBridge Inn Express Whitley City
FairBridge Inn Express Whitley City
2 out of 5
1116 N Highway 27, Whitley City, KY
The price is $45 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
FairBridge Inn Express Whitley City
Hampton Inn Williamsburg
Hampton Inn Williamsburg
2.5 out of 5
530 Highway 92 W, Williamsburg, KY
The price is $93 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Hampton Inn Williamsburg
Red Roof Inn & Suites Corbin
Red Roof Inn & Suites Corbin
2 out of 5
1888 Cumberland Falls Hwy, Corbin, KY
The price is $59 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Red Roof Inn & Suites Corbin
Corbin Home and Treehouse
Corbin Home and Treehouse
Corbin, KY
Corbin Home and Treehouse
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Corbin
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Corbin
2.5 out of 5
1973 Cumberland Falls Hwy, Corbin, KY
The price is $92 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Corbin
OYO Hotel Whitely City Hwy 27 KY
OYO Hotel Whitely City Hwy 27 KY
2 out of 5
1950 S Hwy 27, Stearns, KY
The price is $52 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
OYO Hotel Whitely City Hwy 27 KY
Best Western Corbin Inn
Best Western Corbin Inn
2.5 out of 5
2630 Cumberland Falls Hwy, Corbin, KY
The price is $95 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Best Western Corbin Inn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.