Cumberland Falls

Cumberland Falls

The Niagara Of The South

The sheer size of this magnificient waterfall in southeastern Kentucky is the reason it was dubbed the “Niagara Of The South.” When I planned out our last road trip I wanted to make sure we got to swing through and check this beauty out. I absolutely love waterfalls and this one surely did not disappoint.

Located near Corbin, Kentucky this one drop waterfall measures about 69 feet tall and 125 feet wide. It’s the second largest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains right behind Niagara Falls.

As soon as we pulled up in the parking lot you could hear the loud roar of the water plunging to the bottom. As you got closer to the falls you could also see the mist rising.

The viewing platform for the waterfall is not that far of a walk. It does have stairs but you can also view it from another angle without having to climb any stairs. The best view comes from the bottom of the steps, however.

What makes Cumberland Falls so special is its unique feature called the “moonbow”. It’s like a rainbow, only cooler. A Moonbow is a rare phenomenon otherwise known as the lunar rainbow that occurs at night. It’s formed when the moon illuminates the fallen drops of water in the air.

Cumber Falls is the only place where you can spot this amazing natural occurrence in the Western Hemisphere. Pretty cool, huh? Make sure you visit their site to check the dates of the next moonbow. It only occurs a couple times every month.

If you haven’t visited Cumberland Falls yet I highly suggest you make a point to see it. It’s an unforgettable experience. My kids are already asking if we can make the trip again. If you have visited let me know in the comment section below. I’d love to hear about your experience!


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