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Weekend at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park!

The Cumberland River is a 688-mile-long river that flows from southern Kentucky to north-central Tennessee. Located in southwest Corbin, Kentucky is Cumberland Falls State Resort Park that is enclosed within the Daniel Boone National Forest. If you are planning a weekend trip up to Cumberland Falls State Park Resort, you will not be short on activities to do.

Weekend at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

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One of the key highlights of Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is within the name itself. Cumberland Falls is a majestic waterfall that garnered the nickname “The Niagara of the South.” It is also one of the few spots in the western hemisphere where you have a possibility of catching a glimpse of a moonbow during a full moon. Cumberland Falls is one of the only two places in the world where moonbows are a natural occurrence.
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If you appreciate massive stone fireplaces, solid hemlock beams, and knotty pine paneling, you should stay at one of the state park’s most beautiful lodges, the historic DuPont Lodge. They have fifty-one rooms that offer stunning views and full amenities, that have that cozy rustic feel to them. They also have a large observation deck overlooking the Cumberland River that offers a scenic view of the river.
3. Charbonier Bluff

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The Cumberland River is known for Bass and Trout fishing. Trout are considered by sports fishermen to be one of the most difficult to catch fish. For fishing buffs, you can find both Rainbow and Brown Trout in the Cumberland River. The river has also produced a good population of Stripers that tend to grow quite large.
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Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is home to 17 miles of hiking trails through the park and scenic areas. Located within the Daniel Boone National Forest, the most famous Moonbow Trail is open twenty-four hours as it allows hikers to hike in the dark to experience the moonbow during nighttime.
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Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is a great spot for a memorable birding experience as some have heard the call and caught a glimpse of the Pileated Woodpecker, and the flute-like call of the Wood Thrush. It is possible to see Wood Warblers pass through the area as they fly from South America to the Northern States and Canada. Some other common birds around the area include Carolina Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, and Chipping Sparrow. 
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6. Go Gem Mining

One of the newest attractions in the park, the Cumberland Falls Mining Company allows you to go gem mining for fossils and gemstones. Located at the Falls, just past the gift shop, this gem mining sluice is fun and educational for individuals and families. 

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