Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Cumberland Falls 2009.jpg
Cumberland Falls
Location McCreary County & Whitley County, Kentucky, USA
Nearest city Corbin, Kentucky
Coordinates 36°50′27″N 84°19′58″W / 36.84083°N 84.33278°W / 36.84083; -84.33278Coordinates: 36°50′27″N 84°19′58″W / 36.84083°N 84.33278°W / 36.84083; -84.33278
Area 1,657 acres (671 ha)
Established August 21, 1931
Visitors 750,000+ (in 2009)
Governing body Kentucky Department of Parks

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is a park located just southwest of Corbin, Kentucky and is contained entirely within the Daniel Boone National Forest.[1] The park encompasses 1,657 acres (7 km2) and is named for its major feature, 68-foot (21 m) tall Cumberland Falls. The falls are one of the few places in the western hemisphere where a moonbow can frequently be seen on nights with a full moon.

Following a $2 million renovation project in 2006, AAA upgraded its rating of the park from two diamonds to three diamonds. Cumberland Falls SRP and Kentucky Dam Village SRP are the first two state resort parks to achieve a three diamond rating since AAA revised its rating system in 2001.[2]



After the discussion of building an hydroelectric power plant above the falls in 1927, Kentucky native T. Coleman du Pont offered to buy the falls and surrounding acreage in order to create a state park. Although he died before he could purchase the land, his wife purchased the falls and the 593 acres (240 ha) surrounding it for $400,000 on March 10, 1930, after the Kentucky General Assembly (legislature) approved the creation of the state park. Cumberland Falls was dedicated as a state park at 1:30 p.m. on August 21, 1931.[3]

Amenities and recreation

Edward Moss Gatliff Bridge
  • Dupont Lodge - 51 guest rooms
  • Multiple modern one and two-bedroom
  • Campground with 50 campsites with utilities
  • Riverview Restaurant
  • Visitor's center
  • Interpretive center
  • Mountain biking
  • Hiking - approximately 20 miles of trails
  • Fishing in Cumberland River
  • Horseback rides
  • White water rafting and canoeing on Cumberland River[4]


  • Backpacking 101 - (Several times a year)
  • Native American Weekend - (March)
  • Overnight Canoe Adventures - (April, May, October)
  • Nature Photography Weekend - (April)
  • Birding and Wildflower Weekend - (May)
  • Kentucky Hills Craft Festival - (September)
  • Moonbow Trail Trek - (November)

See also


  1. ^ Kleber, John E., ed (1992). "Parks, State". The Kentucky Encyclopedia. Associate editors: Thomas D. Clark, Lowell H. Harrison, and James C. Klotter. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0-8131-1772-0. 
  2. ^ "Diamonds in the Rough". The Times-Tribune. 2007-03-27. Retrieved 2007-03-29. 
  3. ^ History of Cumberland Falls State Resort Park Retrieved on 2009-12-31
  4. ^ Cumberland Falls State Resort Park Retrieved on 2009-12-31

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