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Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park Cumberland Falls © Jaganadha R Sastry Karra
A beautiful rainbow just above the Waterfalls during the daytime.
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park Cumberland Falls © Ted Denman
CC Ted Denman
7351 Highway 90
Corbin, Kentucky   40701-8857

Phone: 606-528-4121
Toll Free: 800-325-0063
Reservations: 606-528-4121
Imagine a wall of water falling 60 feet into a boulder-strewn gorge, a whispering mist that kisses the face and a magical moonbow visible on a clear night under a full moon. Known as the "Niagara of the South," the 125-foot wide curtain of water is dramatic day or night. But it's only at night during a full moon that you can see the moonbow, a phenomenon not found anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere!

The area is a natural choice for water-sports enthusiasts, offering white-water rafting and canoeing among other water activities. A professional outfitter is just 5 miles east of the resort.

As spectacular as the setting that surrounds it, the historic Dupont Lodge, built of massive hemlock beams and knotty pine, offers a spectacular view of the Cumberland River Valley. It's the perfect retreat after a day of hiking, rafting, swimming or horseback riding.

Moonbow Dates Visible during clear weather. 2005 moonbow dates: Jan 23-27 Feb 22-26 Mar 23-27 Apr 22-26 May 21-25 Jun 20-24 Jul 19-23 Aug 17-21 Sep 16-20 Oct 15-19 Nov 14-18 Dec 13-17.
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Meeting Rooms
Cumberland Falls is the ideal location for meetings. A multipurpose building, adjacent to the lodge, can accommodate 350 people. There is a 75-capacity combination meeting-recreation room near the lodge lounge. For smaller groups, a 30-capacity meeting room is located near the dining room.

As spectacular as the view that surrounds it, Dupont Lodge Patio offers an inspiring view of the Cumberland River and encircling mountains. The Lodge is a perfect place for your wedding. Let us cater to your guests in our spacious reception halls. For information on booking an event, phone the park 800-325-0063 and ask for Greta.
The one and two-bedroom cottages have unique appeal. Most cottages have fireplaces. Tableware, cooking utensils, and linens are provided, with fresh linens available daily.

Cottages are available by late afternoon. Check-out by 11:00 AM, Eastern time.
Enjoy the great outdoors in the campground, featuring 50 campsites with electric and water hookups. The campground has a central service building with showers and rest rooms, a grocery, and a dump station.

Campground and grocery open March 29 - October 31.No advance reservations. Check-out by 2:00 PM, Eastern time. Pets are allowed if restrained.
The solid hemlock beams and knotty pine paneling complement the massive stone fireplaces in historic DuPont Lodge, one of the most beautiful state park lodges. Fifty-one rooms offer beautiful views and full amenities including interior corridors. All rooms totally renovated in 2006. Relax on the beautiful, large observation deck overlooking the Cumberland River winding thru the hillside. DuPont Lodge provides a spectacular spot for a wedding.
Cool off on a hot summer day with a dip in an Olympic-size pool. Pool is short distance from Lodge and Woodland Rooms.

Use of pool is free to lodge and cottage guests. Fee for the public.$3.50 Adult (13 & older), $2.50 child 6-12, free for child 5 and under.Open Memorial Day - Labor Day. Hours 10-8 through July; 10-6 pm August - Labor Day.

Nature Programs
Gem Mining
Our newest attraction is the Cumberland Falls Mining Company, located at the Falls just past the Gift Shop. You can buy bags for $6.00, $8.00 and $10.00 fossils and begin your discoveries of real, colorful gemstones and fossils at the gemstone flume. Just place a scoop of rough material on the screen...then rinse with clean water. The gem stones, when wet, will reveal colors and crystal shapes

There are lots of different gemstones to discover Anything from locally-found Pyrite, Fluorite and Quartz, to Ruby, Moonstone, Topaz, Crystal Points, Sapphire, Emerald, Amethyst, Garnett, Citrine, Aventurine, Obsidian, Sodalite, Calcite and Raspberry Quartz could be found.

Sharing the experience of mining at the flume mine is a lot of fun. You can compare finds and help each other to identify what you've found. We invite individuals, families, and groups of all sizes. Hours are 9AM to 7PM, dependent on weather.

Horseback Riding
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is the perfect destination to introduce the family to the thrill of horseback riding. The park offers guided trail rides that are easy enough for the first timer and still adventurous for the more experienced. Riders, age 6 and up will enjoy a 45-minute ride through an eastern Kentucky forest, beautiful in any season. The stables open weekends in May and are daily after Memorial Weekend until Labor Day. Also open on weekends during Sept. and Oct. Rides start on the hour from 10am to 6 pm. Cost is $18.00 per person. Personal horses are not permitted on the trails at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, but there are several opportunities to do so in the surrounding area. There are many miles of trails and several horse camps in the nearby Daniel Boone National Forest and The Big South Fork National River and Recreation area.

Guided rafting trips are offered on the Cumberland River. The park arranges the trips through www.Ky-rafting.com Daily May - October depending on water levels. Fee charged. Call 800-541-RAFT 7238.
Some of the most memorable birding experiences are hearing the call and catching a glimpse of the Pileated Woodpecker, or the flute-like call of the Wood Thrush. Many species of Wood Warblers pass through the Cumberland Falls area on their way from South America to the Northern States and Canada. Several species of birds can be viewed from our Riverview Restaurant and back patio of the Dupont Lodge. Some of the most common visitors are Carolina Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Chipping Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, American Goldfinch, Downy Woodpecker, and Red Bellied Woodpecker.
Area Attractions
Gift Shop, Snack Shop and Visitor?s CenterVisit the gift shop, featuring a large selection of Kentucky handcrafts, and the snack shop and visitors center, both located in the falls area. The new Visitor?s Center is expected to be the first stop in a visitor?s encounter with the falls area. Inside the center, a three-dimensional relief map outlines major park facilities. Other exhibits show the area?s geology and history and illustrate Native American life. Another display advises visitors how to stay safe in the park, such as staying within the barrier at the falls, avoiding cliffs, and refraining from wading in the river.

In 2004, snack shop is open April 1 - October 31. Gift Shop and Visitor?s Center open year-round.

Bob Blair MuseumThe Blair Museum, located in the lodge, features Native American artifacts and exhibits relating to area plants, animals, and history.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
July 6 by daughter of Screaming Eagle
MESMERIZING !!! My Daddy and I have spent so many hours there , we live in Ohio, Oak Harbor for him. Myself in Amherst. Just listening & observing. Tremendous BEAUTY! The Ladies in the Gift Shop are the BEST! They made us feel as if we were the only one in their shop. Daddy was 82 years young, and the staff were so very patient with him. A true rarity these days with the juvenile workers! Daddy past in January un expectedly...somehow I know he is in such Beauty & loving it just the same! I will return to visit as I am certain I can feel his presence on that tranquil earth..... Somehow no matter our road trips South, the vehicle just seemed to turn right at Exit 25.
November 17 Our favorite place to visit. by Sharon-Ohio
We love staying at the Falls. We try to come down every 3 months to see the moonbow and just relax in the cabin and hike the trails.

Area Cabins and Lodges
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
7351 Highway 90
Corbin, KY
(606) 528-4121

Cumberland Falls is 20 miles southwest of Corbin. Take US 25W to KY 90. If traveling south on I-75, take exit 25. If traveling north on I-75, take exit 15.


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