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  Cumberland Falls in Flood Stage
by Stephen-KarenConn

The main attraction at Cumberland Falls State Park is, of course, Cumberland Falls. Sometimes called "the Niagara of the South," this is the largest waterfall in the United States south of Niagara and east of the Rocky Mountains. The waterfall forms a 125-foot wide curtain that plunges 60-feet into a boulder-strewn gorge below, creating a thunrderous roar and a high column of mist.

Our picture shows the falls at flood stage, although we believe it is actually much prettier when the water is clear and at more normal levels. Our recent trip to Cumberland Falls was after several days of heavy rains.

The falls is famous for its moonbow, which can been seen in the mist on a cloudless night during a full moon. This unique phenomenon can be seen nowhere else the Western Hemisphere.

Address: 7351 Hwy. 90, Corbin, KY 40701
Directions: Cumberland Falls is 20miles southwest of Corbin, Kentucky. Take US 25-W to KY 90. If traveling south on I-75 take exit 25. If traveling north on I-75 take exit 15.
Phone: 1-606-325-0063
Website: http://parks.ky.gov/cumbfal2.htm

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  • Updated Jan 21, 2005
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