Home to one of the largest waterfalls in the eastern United States is Kentucky's Cumberland Falls State Park. Covering around 1,700 acres, it is the perfect balance of natural landscape and manmade amenities. Surrounded by the Daniel Boone National Forest, there are stunning views in all directions, while inside the park, you’ll find a maze of meadows, canyons, and streams.
There are countless opportunities for outdoor fun in the park, from walking to white water rafting, all the while taking in the fresh mountain air. The park is easily accessible from towns such as London, Corbin, and Williamsburg, so it is no wonder that so many people choose to rent an RV in Whitley County.
Of course, one of the most popular things for those making use of the state park RV campgrounds to do is to take a walk to the falls themselves. The falls are also known as Little Niagara, and as soon as you see it, you'll understand why. The falls are about 60 feet high and 125 feet wide, making a pretty impressive sheet of water. There are a few overlooks where you are able to get a great view of the water, such as the lower overlook, where on a hot day, the spray from the water can be very refreshing.
The cliffs and parkland are great for hiking, with a number of trails through the undergrowth and along the banks. One of the most popular is the Eagle Falls Trail. At just 2.5 miles long, this trail is great for a quick stop, with fantastic scenery the whole way. Although the trail starts along the river, it soon begins to climb, which offers beautiful views over the gorge. Overall there are 17 miles of trails to enjoy that cater to a range of difficulties. One of the most challenging is the 13-mile Moonbow Trail, which will have you hugging cliffs and chasing the river. Most of the trails are pet-friendly, meaning you won’t have to leave your furry friend behind in your RV rental.
For an adrenaline rush, visitors to the park can try their hand at white water rafting. With a range of different rapid ratings, the rivers in and around the park can cater for a range of skill levels. You can either paddle by yourself, or if you prefer to simply sit back and enjoy the ride, then it is also possible to hire someone to do all the hard work for you. Water lovers can also take a dip in the cooling water, although there is no lifeguard, on duty and the waters can get pretty busy in the summer months.
Camping at Cumberland Falls State Park
Cumberland Falls State Park camping couldn’t be easier, and one of the main campgrounds at the park is the Ridgeline Campground. Over the summer months, there are 49 campsites available that have flat, paved sites, all of which have both water and electricity hookups. There is also a picnic table, fire pit, and grill, ideal for evenings spent around the campfire. Additionally, there are showers, running water, a grocery store, laundry, and a dump station, meaning there is everything you need for RV camping at Cumberland Falls State Park.
Just five miles down the road is Falls Creek Campground, which has a variety of motorhome camping and lodging options. There are pull-thru and back-in sites that are available on a level, paved area, which have water and 20, 30, 50 amp electric service. Some of the sites also offer sewer connections, and there is a dump station on site. There is plenty of room to run around and enjoy the scenic surroundings with a bathroom, free WiFi, and many other amenities.
Exploring the Area
The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum is a great place to visit for music lovers. It was built to bring recognition to Kentuckians who have made a significant contribution to the music industry. Today a range of artifacts detail the lives and work of many influential people in the field, with the History of music dating back to the 1800s. All genres of music are covered, making it a great day trip come rain or shine.
Somer Splash Water Park is a great family-friendly northernmost attraction. Over 30 interactive features make Kiddie Play a fun spot for the little ones, with other attractions including a lazy river, a tube slide, multiple body slides, a huge wave pool, and many other things to do. You could easily spend the whole day at the park with the whole family.
Step back in time and experience Mill Springs Battlefield. On your visit, you can learn more about the battle that took place here in the visitor's center. Also on site is the Mill Springs National Cemetery, which is located on the northernmost edge of the battlefield. Take a driving tour or attend one of the special events that take place throughout the year; there is always something going on.