The Moonbow: A Lunar Rainbow
Cumberland Falls has the only moonbow in the Western Hemisphere, and one of only two moonbows in the entire world. The other is at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, on the Zambezi River.
The moonbow is similar to a rainbow except that it is formed at night. When conditions are right, the arch of white light begins at the base of the falls and continues downstream. During fall and winter, you may see colors in the moonbow. Several factors determine the occurrence of a moonbow, a clear moonlit night, sufficient mist from the waterfall, wind direction and velocity.
The moonbow may only be seen on the night of a full-moon, or about two days before or after a full-moon. The falls area is open until midnight for those who want to see this unique phenomenon. Unfortunately, we were not there at the right time to experience the moonbow. However, we did see this colorful rainbow in the mist above the falls. The spray was also freezing to the branches of trees and shrubs beside the falls creating a beautiful effect.
Dress Code: Evenings can be cool at the falls even in summer. Winter visitors should dress warmly in layers.
Cumberland Falls Natural Night Life: What a Hoot!!
During the Spring to Fall season at the Cumberland Falls State Resort Park the park naturalists invite you to a special night life event. How much to you know about owls? The naturalist will give you an informative talk on the various species of owls, their habits and habitats. Then you may take a short walk with them and call in the owls. This is one of many nature events that are offered for guests throughout the season.
Dress Code: Casual
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