Nestled in the Daniel Boone National Forest, it has been nicknamed “Niagara of the South” and, while it isn’t quite the grand scale of it’s namesake at a width of 125 feet, Cumberland Falls is a beauty just the same. I have been an onlooker many times throughout my life, childhood to adulthood and, even after seeing the real Niagara, it remains awe-inspiring. My dad has spoken many times of an occasion in the 1970’s, before regulations were tightened, that he and some friends walked behind this massive wall of water. This story has always captured my imagination.
One of the most interesting features at Cumberland Falls is the moonbow. A moonbow is a rare occasion when a rainbow is produced by light reflected off the moon’s surface, rather than the involvement of direct sunlight. This phenomena can only be witnessed at a few locations in the world, this being the only one in the Western Hemisphere. I have never had the pleasure of witnessing this event myself, but we hope to in the near future. Should you decide to venture to Corbin to observe the occurrence, refer to the 2016 Moonbow Dates by clicking here. And, please don’t be discouraged if you aren’t fortunate enough to catch a glimpse on the first try. There are several weather and atmospheric conditions that must be present to accommodate its arrival. So, keep trying!
Be sure to check out the hiking and camping opportunities in the surrounding Daniel Boone National Forest. The area has so much to offer the nature enthusiast, including rafting excursions and gem mining (the “pick-a-bucket”type). Make a weekend of it and rent a cabin or a room at the rustic lodge. You are sure to find an adventure!