Height: 69 feet
Trail Type: Pavement
Hike Distance: maybe 1/2 mile round trip
Cumberland Falls is Kentucky’s signature waterfall and draws comparisons as a “little Niagara Falls.” The Cumberland River dumps a huge amount of water over a ledge here, making for a great scene. One unique aspect of this waterfall is that the wide river and gorge that it created allows for a “moonbow,” which is a nighttime rainbow, to appear on clear nights during a full moon.
From Interstate 75 North near Williamsburg, take exit 15 and turn left. Drive for 15.5 miles and turn left onto KY 90. Drive for another 8 miles and the entrance to the parking area will be on the right.
Since the falls are the main highlight of the park, the trail is really obvious. It follows the river from the gift shop/visitor’s center and has several overlooks along the way. The best view, however, is down some stairs on the other side of the rock ledge to the main overlook.