Kentucky Tourism

Cumberland Falls Storytelling Weekend

  • Cumberland Falls Storytelling Weekend


Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
7351 Hwy 90
Corbin, KY 40701

  The weekend kicks off Friday evening at 7 pm with a ghost  story session.  On Saturday storytellers will take the stage throughout the day.  The weekend will feature a Saturday evening concert at 7:00 pm.  On Sunday morning the weekend will come to a close with a Sacred Story Session at 9 am.  Cost of the entire weekend is $25.00 per person.  Tickets will be sold at the door.  

Overnight weekend package is available for $149.00 per person. (two people to a room). Single rooms are $ 210.00 per person.  Special weekend package includes:  Two nights Lodging, Dinner Friday, Breakfast, lunch, & dinner on Saturday,  Breakfast on Sunday, Admission to all sessions and Concerts. 
For more information contact Bret Smitley at the Cumberland Falls State Resort Park at 606-528-4121.

 2020 Featured Storytellers

Michael Reno Harrell

Michael Reno Harrell is an award winning songwriter, as well as a veteran storyteller and entertainer, and he’s from the South… the Southern Appalachian Mountains to hone it a bit finer.

One could compare Michael's performances to his granddaddy's pocket knife: well warn and familiar feeling, but razor sharp and with a point. His brand of entertainment appeals to a very diverse audience. A typical day for Michael might include a program for 4th graders in the afternoon and a concert for a mixed audience that evening.

Michael's recordings top the Americana Music Association charts year after year. His original songs and stories have been described as “Appalachian grit and wit” but, as his writing shows, Michael’s awareness is much broader than the bounds of his boyhood home or even the Southern Experience. Having toured throughout the British Isles and much of Europe, as well as most of the US, the songs he writes and the stories he creates reflect an insight into people’s experiences that catch the ear like an old friend's voice.

Michael's natural knack for storytelling, in print, song and spoken word has earned him praise from not only the music community but from the literary and storytelling worlds as well, having had the honor of being a Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival and to be Teller In Residence at the International Storytelling Center, as well as performing at major music events like Merle Fest and the Walnut Valley Festival. Along with his performances, Michael often conducts workshops in songwriting and storytelling as well.

Michael's recordings have for years received and continue to garner awards in Country, Americana and Folk circles. His humor and wit, as well as the emotional depth of his work, keep his fan base growing and staying tuned in for whatever comes next. Don’t miss the chance to experience what those faithful fans keep returning again and again to enjoy.

Bruce Walker

Bruce’s passion for connecting with people has taken him around the world; from Norway to Singapore, Montreal to Mexico, Bruce brings laughter wherever he goes. University of AL, Farmer’s Opry, National Public Radio, are just a few of the places where Bruce has performed. Business owner and pastor, Bruce attended Auburn Montgomery. He is past president of the Alabama Storytelling Association. Married to his sweetheart of 37 years, Bruce relishes being a husband, father and grandfather. His CD, “GOOD FOR YOUR SOUL”, released on the Asian record label won the Honors Award for best storytelling CD; presented by the National Parenting Publications Association and reviewed for a GRAMMY @in the spoken word category.


Stephen Hollen


Stephen has been telling stories for over 35 years.  He is an Appalachian storyteller, Mark Twain impersonator and full-time storytelling professional.  His first experiences as a storyteller were sitting on a front porch in Clay County, Ky., listing to uncles, aunts, friends and family tell folk tales, Jack tales and all sorts of bone-chilling stories. Through the years Stephen has told stories in 28 states and Canada.










Bret Smitley
7351 Hwy 90,
Corbin , KY 40701
Phone: 606-528-4121
Mar 20 - Mar 22, 2020  /  700 P.M. - Noon