Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
HistoryEstablished as a state park on August 21, 1931. The falls have been a tourist attraction since the mi,d-19th century.
LandscapeThe park lies within the Cumberland Plateau. The landscape here consists of steep walled gorges separated by flat topped ridges of similar elevation.
Flora and fauna
Kentucky has a moderate climate, characterized by warm, yet moist conditions. Summers are usually warm, and winters cool. An average 46 in (116 cm) of precipitation falls during the year, with spring being the rainiest season.
The park is located 21 miles southwest of Corbin, Kentucky. From I-75, take exit 25 and follow US 25 W south approximately 10 miles to KY 90. Driving west on KY 90 you will arrive at the state park. The route is well marked with signs.
Fees and permits
Visitors can either drive a short distance from the lodge to the falls or hike along the park's trail system.
- Hiking There are 17 miles of hiking trails within the park, some of which connect to the forest service trails of the surrounding Daniel Boone National Forest.
- Rafting The park offers guided rafting trips on the Cumberland River. The season runs from May through October depending on the water levels of the river.
- Horseback riding The park offers guided horse trail tours for riders age 6 and up. The stables are open during weekends in May, September, and October. Daily tours are available from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Cost is $18 per person.
- Swimming There is an Olympic-sized pool near the DuPont Lodge. Guests of the lodge, cottages, and woodland rooms swim for free. Non guest rates are $4 per adult (13 and up) and $3 per child. The pool is open Memorial Day through Labor Day.
- Fishing is allowed on the Cumberland River. All persons 16 and older must have a valid Kentucky fishing permit.
- Tennis, horseshoes, and shuffleboard are available to guests of the lodge, cottages, and woodland rooms. Equipment can be checked out at the lodge.
- Gem mining The Cumberland Falls Mining Company is located at the falls viewing area. Different sized bags of material may be purchased and run through a screened flume. Open year round 9AM to 7PM.
Riverview RestaurantAt the DuPont Lodge, it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Hours vary by season.
Snack ShopThere is a concession stand near the falls viewing area. It is open April 1 through October 31.
- Corbin, Kentucky is 21 miles from the park and has many restaurants to choose from.
DuPont LodgeIn the park and has 51 rooms available. The park also has 26 Cottages and 20 Woodland Rooms available for rent. The Cottages come in one and two bedroom configurations. They feature fireplaces and full kitchens. The Woodland Rooms are duplex units and have two queen sized beds along with a partial kitchen (refrigerator, sink, and microwave). The lodge, Cottages, and Woodland Rooms are available year round. Reservations can be made through the park website up to one year in advance.
- Corbin, Kentucky is 21 miles from the park and has several hotels to choose from.
Cumberland Falls State Resort ParkThe park has a campground containing 50 campsites, ranging from primitive to electric/water hookups, and is open from March 15 through November 15. The campground has a comfort station with showers and flush toilets. A camp store carries firewood, ice, and a basic selection of groceries. Reservations may be made through the park website up to one year in advance. A two-night minimum stay is required on weekends and holidays.