The scenic waterfalls of Kentucky are as majestic as it gets, and Cumberland Falls is the grandest of them all. Measuring approximately 68 feet tall and 125 feet wide, this impressive waterfall has earned its moniker of “the Niagara of the South.” The 3,600 cubic feet of water that spills over the sandstone edge every second creates a formidable roar and a breathtaking sight, day or night. For a truly unforgettable experience, visit during a full moon to try to catch a glimpse of the moonbow; this extremely rare phenomenon, formed by the mist in the air from the falls, is one of only two naturally occurring moonbows in the world.
The falls are located within Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, which is home to the historic Dupont Lodge – featuring solid hemlock beams, knotty pine paneling and massive stone fireplaces. Choose from guest rooms, cabins or cottages, all offering beautiful views and a full range of amenities for a complete vacation. Don't forget to check out a whitewater rafting trip below the falls with Sheltowee Trace Adventure Resort.
Interested in exploring more waterfalls? The highest concentration can be found in Daniel Boone Country and the Kentucky Appalachians, but there are plenty of stunners all around the Commonwealth. A few favorites include Broke Leg Falls, Princess Falls, Eagle Falls and Yahoo Falls, the state’s tallest waterfall.
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