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DescriptionALERT: Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is closed to all visitors on weekends during April to prevent overcrowding during the coronavirus outbreak. The park will be closed starting Friday, April 10 through Sunday, April 12, April 18-19, and April 25-26. During weekdays, the park will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
ALERT: The coronavirus outbreak has led to the temporary closure of some Kentucky State Park facilities such as lodges, restaurants, cottages, campgrounds, museums, playgrounds, gift shops and historic homes. Park grounds are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. For the latest details, click here.
The solid hemlock beams and knotty pine paneling complement the massive stone fireplaces in historic DuPont Lodge, one of the most beautiful state park lodges. Fifty-one rooms offer beautiful views and full amenities including interior corridors. All rooms totally renovated in 2006. Interested in cabins? Don’t forget about the park’s other accommodations, including 25 cabins and cottages and 49 campsites.
Relax on the beautiful, large observation deck overlooking the Cumberland River winding through the hillside. DuPont Lodge provides a spectacular spot for a wedding.
Imagine your event near a wall of water falling 60 feet into a boulder-strewn gorge, a whispering mist that kisses the face and a magical moonbow visible on a clear night under a full moon – a cool attraction you’ll never forget! For more information about hosting a group or wedding CLICK HERE.
Enjoy a tasty meal at the 300-seat Riverview Restaurant inside DuPont Lodge. Take in the inspiring view of the river valley and the natural surroundings through the large windows overlooking the Cumberland River. As a supporter of Kentucky Proud program we utilize Kentucky grown meats and produce when available.
Restaurant hours through May 1, 2020
(Carry out only; we recommend calling ahead to order)
Breakfast 7-10 a.m.
Lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dinner 4-7 p.m.
Things to Do
Some of the most memorable birding experiences are hearing the call and catching a glimpse of the Pileated Woodpecker, or the flute-like call of the Wood Thrush. Many species of Wood Warblers pass through the Cumberland Falls area on their way from South America to the Northern States and Canada. Several species of birds can be viewed from our Riverview Restaurant and back patio of the Dupont Lodge. Some of the most common visitors are Carolina Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Chipping Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, American Goldfinch, Downy Woodpecker, and Red Bellied Woodpecker.
Enjoy the great outdoors in the campground, featuring 50 campsites with electric and water hookups. The campground has a central service building with showers and rest rooms, a grocery, and a dump station. Pets are allowed if restrained. Closed for season from November 15 to March 14.
Enjoy fishing in the Cumberland River, where there is an abundance of bass, catfish, panfish, and roughfish. A Kentucky Fishing License is required. Click here to purchase a license online at KY Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
Visit the gift shop, which features a large selection of Kentucky handcrafts. Snack shop is open April 1 - October 31. Gift Shop open year-round.
Our newest attraction is the Cumberland Falls Mining Company, located at the Falls just past the Gift Shop. Begin your discoveries of real, colorful gemstones and fossils at the gemstone flume. Just place a scoop of rough material on the screen...then rinse with clean water. The gem stones, when wet, will reveal colors and crystal shapes! There are lots of different gemstones to discover! Anything from locally-found Pyrite, Fluorite and Quartz, to Ruby, Moonstone, Topaz, Crystal Points, Sapphire, Emerald, Amethyst, Garnett, Citrine, Aventurine, Obsidian, Sodalite, Calcite and Raspberry Quartz could be found. Sharing the experience of mining at the flume mine is a lot of fun. You can compare finds and help each other to identify what you've found. We invite individuals, families, and groups of all sizes.
Cumberland Falls is a hiker’s paradise with 17 miles of hiking trails that wind through the park to scenic areas. The Moonbow Trail connects with many backpacking trails in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Pets are not permitted within the McCreary County side of Cumberland Falls State Resort Park as this area is within a dedicated Kentucky State Nature Preserve.
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is the perfect destination to introduce the family to the thrill of horseback riding. The park offers guided trail rides that are easy enough for the first timer and still adventurous for the more experienced. Riders, age 6 and up will enjoy a 45-minute ride through an eastern Kentucky forest, beautiful in any season. The stables open weekends in May and are daily after Memorial Weekend until Labor Day. Also open on weekends during Sept. and Oct. Rides start on the hour from 10am to 6 pm. Cost is $18.00 per person. Personal horses are not permitted on the trails at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, but there are several opportunities to do so in the surrounding area. There are many miles of trails and several horse camps in the nearby Daniel Boone National Forest and The Big South Fork National River and Recreation area.
Cumberland Falls is one of the few places in the world that regularly produces a moonbow. The “moonbow,” also called a white rainbow or lunar rainbow, is formed just like a rainbow—light is refracted in tiny water droplets—and appears for the two or so days, as long as the sky is clear, on either end of the full moon.
The picnic area with tables, grills and playgrounds is ideal for family outings. A picnic shelter (without rest rooms) offers tables, grills, water, and electric; it may be reserved for rental up to one year in advance.
Guided rafting trips are offered on the Cumberland River, getting you up close to the giant waterfall. The park arranges the trips through www.Ky-rafting.com; June - Labor Day depending on water levels. Fee charged. Call 800-541-RAFT (7238) or Click here for more information.
Open Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day.
Enjoy a game of tennis on the outdoor courts near the Woodland Rooms. Overnight guests may check-out sports equipment.