Cumberland Falls State Park RV & Campground Guide

Kentucky

While Cumberland Falls is beautiful at any time of day, it’s especially known for the full moon nights when you can see a moonbow shooting across the falls. Yep, just as when sunlight hits water droplets it makes a rainbow, moonlight shooting across the droplets of the waterfall make a moonbow. The phenomenon doesn’t happen anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere. Along with viewing that spectacle, there are plenty of other things to do in the park including wildflower walks, birding, fishing, and even gem mining. 

The weather at the park is on the wetter side, with about a week of rain for each month of the year. It gets cold in winter - down to 24F, and summers don’t get too hot, with highs around 87F.

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Weather
Spring 33-77 F
Summer 60-87 F
Fall 35-79 F
Winter 24-50 F
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Nearby Cities
Corbin, KY
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Cumberland Falls State Park

Cumberland Falls State Park has utility and primitive campsites. If you choose to rent an RV to camp, consider renting with RVshare. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a team that is dedicated to making sure you get the perfect motorhome to fit your family, and for the travels you want to take.  

There are other campgrounds nearby you can try as well:

Falls Creek Cabins & Campgrounds

Falls Creek is 5 miles from the park and is part of the Sheltowee Trace Adventure Resort facility, where you can go whitewater rafting, canoeing, zip lining and more. 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wi-Fi: yes
  • Pet friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: showers, laundry, zip line, rafting, fishing

Corbin/Laurel Lake KOA

Close to Cumberland Falls, this KOA is well-shaded, with a pool, hiking trails, and nearby access to a public boat ramp. 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wi-Fi: yes
  • Pet friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: laundry, shower, dog park

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What to Do at
Cumberland Falls State Park

Inside Cumberland Falls State Park

Cumberland Falls State Park is full of things to do! From hiking to biking to horseback riding, there are plenty of activities to choose from. Those include:

Moonbow rides: Known as the “Niagara of the South,” the falls are beautiful anytime. But during a full moon, you can see the moonbow made by the droplets. Sheltowee Trace Outfitters offers a “Rainbow Mist Ride” to Cumberland Falls, when weather permits, so you can get a closer look at the phenomenon.

Hiking: With 17 miles of hiking trails snaking through the park, there’s sure to be one that fits your style. The Moonbow Trail connects with backpacking trails in the Daniel Boone National Forest, and there are guided hikes available as well.

Birding: Look for pileated woodpeckers, wood thrush, nuthatches, wrens, juncos, finches, and more. You can spot many of these birds simply while relaxing on the back patio of the Dupont Lodge, or from the Riverview Restaurant.  

Gem mining: Mine for local pyrite, fluorite, quartz, ruby, topaz, and other semi-precious stones at the Cumberland Falls Mining Company near the gift shop. Kids (of all ages!) can mine right at the flume and sift away to discover their treasures. It’s a wonderful, unique souvenir of your trip!

Trail is a handicap-accessible, one-mile loop trail on hardened asphalt. 

Fishing: There is fishing in the Cumberland River. Try for bass, catfish, panfish, or roughfish. 

Horseback riding: There are guided trails that are easy for first-time riders, but challenging enough for more experienced equestrians. The stables will outfit riders 6 and up for a 45-minute ride through the eastern Kentucky forest. Personal horses are not allowed in the park, but can be ridden in the surrounding Daniel Boon National Forest or The Big South Fork National River and Recreation area.

Outside Cumberland Falls State Park

This area of Kentucky is steeped in history, and full of natural wonders. Learn more about the mining that went on around here, visit a natural arch, or have dinner at the birthplace of KFC.

Restaurants

Harland Sanders Cafe & Museum

Visit the birthplace of arguably Kentucky’s most recognizable food chain. Colonel Harland Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, operated the restaurant from 1940-1956 and developed his famous KFC secret recipe at the cafe during the ’40s. Have a fried chicken meal at the place where it all began.

Type: Fried chicken

Location: Corbin, KY

Bubby’s BBQ

Bubby’s BBQ offers a buffet and full menu that includes catfish, pulled pork, fried chicken, veggies, and tasty deserts.

Type: BBQ

Location: Corbin, KY

The Depot on Main

The Depot features a full-service bar, and is great for date nights, but also dinner with the whole family. Dinner offerings include seafood, steaks, and fried chicken, as well as an extensive burger and sandwich menu.

Type: Corbin, KY

Shopping

The House of S & J

This Old World Jewelry store features trinkets in gold and silver. They specialize in estate jewelry and antiques, as well as having newer pieces for sale. They also have accessories, lamps, and oil paintings.

Location: Corbin, KY

Sightseeing

The Blue South Fork Scenic Railway

Ride seven miles of rails to the Blue Heron Mining Camp, where you’ll learn about coal mining and logging in the rugged Big South Fork River basin. Learn about the grit and determination it took to carve out a living in the remote area where these people lived and worked.

Location: Stearns, KY

Cumberland Gap National Historic Park

In 1769 Daniel Boone made his way through the Cumberland Gap. Learn about his story of carving the Wilderness Road through the forest in the Visitors Center. Stop by nearby Fort McCook, build by Confederate troops during the Civil War to guard the trail through the mountains. Visit Cudjo’s Caverns, which tunnel underneath the park, and which were used by both Confederate and Union forces during the Civil War.

Location: Middlesboro, KY

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How to Get to
Cumberland Falls State Park

From Lexington: Take I-75 S to exit 25 for US-25W toward Corbin. Turn right onto Hwy 25S/Cumberland Falls Rd. Make a slight right onto KY-90W and follow that into the park.

Entering Cumberland Falls State Park

The park is free to visit, although activities like horseback riding and gem mining have a fee.

There’s no better way to create memories with those you love than by heading out on a road trip! Renting an RV with RVshare makes the trip easy and stress-free. Whether you choose to rent an RV near your home and make the trek, or fly into Kentucky and rent an RV for camping, you’re sure to have an adventure you won’t soon forget! We would love to see pictures of your travels - be sure to send us photos of your trip to [email protected] and tag us on social media. Your memories could be featured on our blog, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page!