Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

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Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
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Cumberland Falls
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is located in Kentucky
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Location in Kentucky
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is located in the United States
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Location in United States
TypeKentucky state park
LocationMcCreary County & Whitley County, Kentucky, United States
Nearest cityCorbin, Kentucky
Coordinates36°50′27″N 84°19′58″W / 36.84083°N 84.33278°W / 36.84083; -84.33278Coordinates: 36°50′27″N 84°19′58″W / 36.84083°N 84.33278°W / 36.84083; -84.33278
Area1,657 acres (671 ha)
Elevation1,073 feet (327 m) [1]
EstablishedAugust 21, 1931[2]
Operated byKentucky Department of Parks
Visitors750,000+ (in 2009)
StatusOpen year-round
WebsiteOfficial website
Edward Moss Gatliff Bridge

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is a park located just southwest of Corbin, Kentucky and is contained entirely within the Daniel Boone National Forest.[3] The park encompasses 1,657 acres (671 ha) and is named for its major feature, 68-foot-tall (21 m) Cumberland Falls. The falls are one of the few places in the western hemisphere where a moonbow can frequently be seen on nights with a full moon.[2] The park is also the home of 44-foot (13 m) Eagle Falls. The section of the Cumberland River that includes the falls was designated a Kentucky Wild River by the Kentucky General Assembly through the Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves' Wild Rivers System. The forest in the park is also a dedicated State Nature Preserve.


After the discussion of building a hydroelectric power plant above the falls in 1927, Kentucky native T. Coleman du Pont offered to buy the falls and surrounding acreage in order to create a state park. Although he died before he could purchase the land, his wife purchased the falls and the 593 acres (240 ha) surrounding it for $400,000 on March 10, 1930, after the Kentucky General Assembly (legislature) approved the creation of the state park. Cumberland Falls was dedicated as a state park at 1:30 p.m. on August 21, 1931.[2]

Following a $2 million renovation project in 2006, the park received an upgraded rating from two diamonds to three diamonds from the American Automobile Association (AAA) in 2007. Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park also received the upgraded rating. The two facilities were the first state resort parks to achieve the three-diamond rating following AAA's revision of its rating system in 2001.[4]


  • Visitor's center
  • Interpretive center
  • Tennis Court
  • Playgrounds
  • Firepits
  • Picnic tables in each cabin group, perfect for a cookout
  • Mountain biking
  • Hiking - approximately 20 miles of trails
  • Fishing in Cumberland River
  • Horseback rides
  • Pool (recently refurbished)
  • Different activities by the week for guests of the park such as square dancing, archery, arts and crafts, group hikes, and animal encounters
  • White water rafting and canoeing on Cumberland River[5]

The Dupont Lodge[edit]

  • 51 guest rooms
  • 3 stories
  • Home to the Riverview Restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Patio outlook onto the Cumberland River
  • Maid services provided
  • Internet access


  • Multiple modern one and two-bedroom
  • Two different cabin groups
  • In a standard one story cabin, there are two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, a dining room and a kitchen
  • There are also a few two-story cabins with the living room, kitchen, a half-bathroom, and a dining room upstairs, and the two bedrooms and connecting bathrooms downstairs
  • Both cabin groups are dog-friendly
  • Maid services provided
  • Many cabins have been renovated
  • Newly added internet access to both cabin groups
  • There are "Woodland Suites" available that have the experience of a cabin, but at a smaller size and cheaper cost


  • Backpacking 101 - (Several times a year)
  • Native American Weekend - (March)
  • Overnight Canoe Adventures - (April, May, October)
  • Nature Photography Weekend - (April)
  • Birding and Wildflower Weekend - (May)
  • Kentucky Hills Craft Festival - (September)
  • Moonbow Trail Trek - (November)


  • The Daniel Boone National Forest is home to much wildlife, and although there are several beautiful animals, make sure to watch out for black bears and copperhead snakes
  • The falls used to be an area of recreation for swimming, but has been shut down due to the dangerous current of the river
  • Each year people try to canoe over the falls, but this is very dangerous because of the rocks located underneath the waterfall


  1. ^ "Cumberland Falls State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior.
  2. ^ a b c "History". Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. Kentucky Department of Parks. Archived from the original on 2015-06-04. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  3. ^ Kleber, John E., ed. (1992). "Parks, State". The Kentucky Encyclopedia. Associate editors: Thomas D. Clark, Lowell H. Harrison, and James C. Klotter. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0-8131-1772-0.
  4. ^ "Diamonds in the Rough". The Times-Tribune. Corbin, Ky. 2007-03-27. Archived from the original on 2013-02-04. Retrieved 2007-03-29.
  5. ^ "Things to do". Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. Kentucky Department of Parks. Retrieved September 28, 2013.

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