My latest photography expedition for Kentucky Scenic took me to Cumberland Falls, a beautiful landscape in Corbin, KY that is a must see for anyone living in or roaming around Kentucky. This waterfall is sometimes referred to as the Niagara of the South, which I think is a bit ridiculous because it, in no way, compares to Niagara but is nonetheless a site to see.
The first thing that will catch your eye when you arrive is the old rock bridge extending over the Cumberland River just above the waterfall. When I arrived there was a group of hikers/kayakers getting out of the river so I assume this is a major take out point for trips down the river.
The falls average about 68 feet in height and stretch around 125 feet across which is amazing for this area but the thing that truly makes this area unique is the moonbow, which is formed in the mist on a clear, full moon night. I would have loved the chance to get photos of this phenomenon but the weather was bad and the moon was going to be obstructed. I believe I remember reading at the visitor center that this is only one of two places in the entire world where a moonbow can be seen
Because I knew I was going to miss out on the moonbow, I decided to make up for it by climbing the railing near the falls and going down onto the rocks in hopes of getting some good photos of the scenic view. I would not recommend this to anyone because it was a bit dangerous and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t allowed. I believe I was successful, however, in my efforts and came out with the landscape photos below.
If you follow the trails on down past the main look outs, you will pass some interesting cave like formations to your right that I unfortunately didn’t get any pictures of. The trail continues on down and ends on a sandy beach at the waterfront.
I wish I had been able to spend more time in this area exploring the park but it ended up being a short afternoon trip instead. I’m sure will make another trek back to Cumberland again though and have more to share.
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