Cumberland Falls State Park RV & Campground Guide


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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Spring 33-77 F
Summer 60-87 F
Fall 35-79 F
Winter 24-50 F
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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.

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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!

Frequently Asked Questions About Cumberland Falls State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Cumberland Falls State Park?

The best time to visit Cumberland Falls State Park is in the fall. The water flow is at its highest, and the leaves are changing. The weather is mild, making it a great time to hike.

What is the climate of Cumberland Falls State Park?

Cumberland Falls State Park features a moderate climate with cool winters and warm summers. The average high temperature in the summer is 86 degrees Fahrenheit while the average low temperature in the winter is 26 degrees Fahrenheit.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Cumberland Falls State Park?

Yes, there are designated RV camping spots in Cumberland Falls State Park. The RV campsites all have water and electrical hookups and can accommodate RVs up to 40 feet in length.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Cumberland Falls State Park and what is the cost?

You will need to reserve a camping spot in Cumberland Falls State Park. The cost is $24 per night for a campsite with water and electrical hookups and $20 per night for a primitive campsite.

Is Cumberland Falls State Park accessible for disabled visitors?

Cumberland Falls State Park is accessible for disabled visitors. The park has an accessible lodge, cabins, picnic areas, and trails. The falls area is not wheelchair-accessible. Disabled parking areas are available.