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Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, located in the southeastern region of Kentucky, is known for its scenic beauty and its main attraction, the Cumberland Falls, often called the "Niagara of the South." The park offers a variety of outdoor activities and amenities, making it an ideal destination for camping and nature lovers.

Camping Facilities

Campsites: There are several options for camping within the park, including tent and RV sites. Most campsites are equipped with electric and water hookups, along with picnic tables and fire rings.

Primitive Camping: For those seeking a more back-to-nature experience, primitive campsites are also available. These are more basic and do not offer the amenities that the regular campsites do.

Camping Reservations: Reservations are recommended, especially during peak season or holidays. They can usually be made online or by calling the park directly.

Park Amenities

  • Lodging: Apart from camping, visitors can choose to stay at the park's lodge or in one of the fully-equipped cabins.

  • Dining: The park has an on-site restaurant which offers a range of meal options including Kentucky specialties.

  • Picnic Areas: Multiple picnic areas are available throughout the park for day-use visitors.

  • Gift Shop: There's a gift shop where visitors can purchase souvenirs and essential items.


Hiking: Cumberland Falls State Resort Park features numerous hiking trails, ranging from easy to challenging, offering breathtaking views of the falls and the surrounding forest.

Waterfall Viewing: The focal point of the park is undoubtedly Cumberland Falls, a spectacular wide curtain of water with a drop of 68 feet. There are multiple viewpoints available for the falls, some of which are accessible for those with disabilities.

Moonbow: Unique to only a few locations on earth, Cumberland Falls is famous for its moonbow, a nighttime rainbow that can be seen on clear, moonlit evenings. Check the park’s calendar for the best dates to view this phenomenon.

Fishing and Boating: The nearby Cumberland River is popular for fishing and boating. Note that appropriate licenses are required for fishing in Kentucky.

Rules and Regulations

  • Quiet Hours: Like most parks, Cumberland Falls State Resort Park enforces quiet hours, typically from late evening until morning.

  • Firewood: To prevent the spread of invasive insects and diseases, transporting firewood into the park may be restricted; firewood is usually available for purchase at the park.

  • Pets: While pets are allowed, they must be kept on a leash, and owners are responsible for cleaning up after them.

  • Alcohol Policy: The park may have specific regulations about alcohol consumption; check the current rules before your visit.

  • Wildlife: Feeding wildlife is prohibited and visitors should maintain a safe and respectful distance from animals.

Visitor Information

Contact Details: It's a good idea to check the park's official website or contact the park directly for the most up-to-date information regarding camping, reservations, fees, and park alerts.

Accessibility: The park makes an effort to accommodate visitors with disabilities, but it's best to review the accessibility of trails and facilities beforehand.

Weather Considerations: Before you head to the park, it's wise to check the weather forecast and be prepared for changing conditions, as weather can greatly impact outdoor activities.

Camping Etiquette: Lastly, practicing Leave No Trace principles by disposing of waste properly, respecting wildlife, and being considerate of other visitors ensures a great experience for everyone and helps protect the park's natural resources.

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