Chasing a Moonbow at Cumberland Falls, KY

Here’s an item for your bucket list:  Marveling at a magical moonbow – not a rainbow, but a moonbow.

This phenomenon occurs at Cumberland Falls in southeastern Kentucky and nowhere else in the western hemisphere. Cumberland Falls, the centerpiece of a popular Kentucky state park, is a curtain of water 125 feet across and 60 feet tall. It pours into a rocky gorge, and on the nights of a full moon, magic happens. There, arching across the night sky,  is a moonbow.

Kentucky native T. Coleman DuPont bought the falls in 1927 and gave it to the state for a park. He’s the namesake of the 51-room DuPont Lodge, which is accented by solid hemlock beams, knotty pine paneling and massive stone fireplaces.


The park also has rental cabins, camping, hiking trails and a stable. Guided rafting trips are offered nearby, and the surrounding Daniel Boone National Forest provides panorama after panorama of mountain beauty.

Cumberland Falls, sometimes called the Niagara of the South, is beautiful in the daylight, too, but it is too often bypassed as travelers zoom along I-75. It’s only 20 miles southwest of Corbin, but it’s a world apart.

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