Cumberland Falls

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Cumberland Falls

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

FairBridge Inn Express Whitley City
FairBridge Inn Express Whitley City
2 out of 5
1116 N Highway 27, Whitley City, KY
The price is $52 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
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. ...
3.5/5 Good! (204 reviews)
"Great value and a nice, clean room for the money. Great staff that truly cares about their guests."

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2022

FairBridge Inn Express Whitley City
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
3.5 out of 5
7351 Hwy. 90, Corbin, KY
Situated in a state park, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Cumberland Falls.
4.1/5 Very Good! (891 reviews)
"Nice private cabins with great wood views. Good (serious) walking trails."

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2022

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Holiday Inn Express Williamsburg, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Williamsburg, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
56 West Highway 92, Williamsburg, KY
Fully refundable
The price is $113 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
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. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (352 reviews)
"The Room layout was better than expected. Multiple plug in opportunities for computer, iPhone etc,. Ambient lighting , large bench for suitcases and hanging hooks. Comfortable bed. Only problem is the bathroom smelled like a Septic tank. Offensive . Other"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

Holiday Inn Express Williamsburg, an IHG Hotel
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

FairBridge Inn Express Whitley City
FairBridge Inn Express Whitley City
2 out of 5
1116 N Highway 27, Whitley City, KY
The price is $52 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
FairBridge Inn Express Whitley City
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
3.5 out of 5
7351 Hwy. 90, Corbin, KY
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Holiday Inn Express Williamsburg, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Williamsburg, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
56 West Highway 92, Williamsburg, KY
The price is $113 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Holiday Inn Express Williamsburg, an IHG Hotel
Red Roof Inn & Suites Corbin
Red Roof Inn & Suites Corbin
2 out of 5
1888 Cumberland Falls Hwy, Corbin, KY
The price is $63 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
Red Roof Inn & Suites Corbin
Baymont by Wyndham Corbin
Baymont by Wyndham Corbin
2.5 out of 5
174 Adams Rd, Corbin, KY
The price is $64 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Baymont by Wyndham Corbin
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Corbin, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Corbin, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1973 Cumberland Falls Hwy, Corbin, KY
The price is $103 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Corbin, an IHG Hotel
Hampton Inn Williamsburg
Hampton Inn Williamsburg
2.5 out of 5
530 Highway 92 W, Williamsburg, KY
The price is $101 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Hampton Inn Williamsburg
Motel 6 Corbin, KY
Motel 6 Corbin, KY
2 out of 5
1891 Cumberland Falls Hwy, Corbin, KY
The price is $68 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Motel 6 Corbin, KY
Best Western Corbin Inn
Best Western Corbin Inn
2.5 out of 5
2630 Cumberland Falls Hwy, Corbin, KY
The price is $110 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
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.