At nearby Cumberland Falls State Resort Park you can witness a phenomenon that occurs only two places on Earth (here and Victoria Falls in Africa). By the light of a full moon, the mist from the falls will create a rainbow.
The best times to see it are in late fall-early winter as the moonbow has the most color then.
Book a cabin or campground at the park early; they will fill up for any full moon night, especially on weekends.
I lived in Kentucky for a year, and this was the best thing I did there that didn't involve Bourbon. Wear something warm and waterproof.
CUMBERLAND FALLS STATE RESORT PARK
Hans and I, along with Johan (Johanl) and his lovely wife Wies, spent the day together and part of our day was visiting CUMBERLAND FALLS STATE RESORT PARK which is located on Highway 90, southeast of Somerset and 20 miles southwest of Corbin.
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park i located in the Daniel boone National Forest. Known as the "Niagara of the South", the waterfall forms a 125-foot wide curtain that plunges 60 feet into the gorge below. The mist of Cumberland Falls creates the magic of the moonbow, only visible on a clear night during a full moon. Though there was a full moon during the time we were there, we would have had to venture there late in the evening to witness this phenomenon which appears nowhere else in the Western Hemisphere. Though we didn't get to see the moonbow, nature did have a little treat for us in that there was a lovely rainbow over the mist while we were there and although it was the beginning of January, the temps were in the mid 60's and it was a bright, beautiful sunny day.
Hiking Daniel Boone Forest
Eastern Kentucky has incredible landscape, ideal for hiking. Dense forest, sandstone cliffs, clear rivers, whitewater rapids, waterfalls, arches, lots of wildlife and wildflowers. There are tons of hiking trails within the Daniel Boone Forest, some connecting with adjacent Cumberland Falls Resort Park. Beautiful part of the USA.
Hans and I have passed through the great state of KENTUCKY on many occasions, usually on our way to Florida or Mississippi. This time we stopped in a little town called Somerset and stayed for two days. Hans and I, along with dear friends from Belgium, Johan and Wies, spent a whole day exploring the area and visited Cumberland Falls State Resort Park and marveled at the beauty of Laurel Lake.
The state's diverse landscape, numerous waterways and variety of wildlife, make for an unbelievable getaway that no outdoor enthusiast can resist, including world-class fishing, boating, hiking and camping.
From the Appalachian Mountains in the east to the picturesque horse farms of the central Kentucky Bluegrass, to the magnificent lakes of the western region, Kentucky boasts natural beauty that rivals any other state in the union.
In addition to beautiful landscapes, Kentucky offers lively modern metropolitan areas such as Louisville and Lexington and scores of historic and picturesque smaller towns which provide a special charm.
Kentucky's parks system, with 53 facilities throughout the state, includes 17 resorts with comfortable lodges for overnight stays.
Horse racing , including the world famous Kentucky Derby, traditional Bluegrass Music and authentic crafts all contribute to the state's charm.
But I found the most charming aspect of Kentucky is the genuine hospitality of its people that entices travelers to return again and again.
"Y'all come back now, ya hear!"
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
"Road Trip" 2009
Stayed overnight in Cave City Kentucky
Econolodge - Great economical Motel
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Stayed overnight in Lexington Kentucky
Super 8 - excellent hot breakfast included
Cumberland Falls State Park
we are planning a trip to ky over thanksgiving. We have a new guest with us and would like to show her some of the sights that we've visited in the past. Will the cumb. falls be open duing the holiday? Also can you e-mail info about the Park with the train tunnel and lovers leap. (not sure of the name or location)My husbands parents have both past and we used to go with them to these places but we never paid attention how we got there.
Re: cumberland falls
I recall a Lovers Leap over by Lawrenceburg but do not remember a train ride there; just a lovely set of back roads and large farms and a couple of estates.