b'Known as the Niagara of the South, the thundering waters of Cumberland Falls are 65 feet high and 125 feet wide.When the Cumberland River is at flood stage the width of the falls can quickly expand to 300 feet.Cumberland Falls is dramatic day orMost visitors see, hear and feel theFor the full Cumberland Fallsthe Cumberland and Big South night. But its only at night duringmist from the Cumberland Fallsexperience visitors must stayFork Rivers.a full moon that you can see thefrom behind the protective railings,at the historic DuPont LodgeMcCreary County is also home Moonbow, a phenomenon said toabove and below Kentuckys largestresplendent with solid hemlockto Stearns Trail Town and the Big only be duplicated at Victoria Fallswaterfall. Then there are thosebeam and knotty pine panellingSouth Fork Scenic Railway with in Africa. who hop into a raft and feel theto complement the massive stoneits spectacular scenic vistas, lush falls power just downriver from itsfireplaces. Fifty-one rooms offervegetation and mountain streams Although the first permanentdramatic drop as they embark onbeautiful views and full amenities.as it descends 600 feet into the European settlers at Cumberlanda white water rafting trip on theThe parks other accommodationsgorge before stopping at Blue Heron Falls did not arrive until 1850,Cumberland River. include cabin rentals, cottagesCoal Mining Camp, a National Park people have inhabited the areaand campsites. Service outdoor interpretive site.for thousands of years. NativeThe first five miles of the guidedCumberland Falls is located in Americans lived here as long astrip are white water. At mile five, theMcCreary County which is known 10,000 years ago and made theirCumberland Star riverboat appearsfor its 40 natural arches and rock home in rock shelters at the baseand takes paddlers aboard for theformations, 25 waterfalls and more of the cliffs that line the river. Asrest of the five-mile downriverthan 100 miles of marked hiking early as 1650, Shawnee, Cherokee,cruise to where the river meets atrails. Experience the rush of white Chickasaw and the Creek nationslake. Lunch is served from a full- water on a raft, canoe or tube. visited often and used the area forsize canoe thats been fashionedFrom half day to multiple day trips hunting camps.into a buffet. visitors will find thrilling rapids onKENTUCKYTOURISM.COM 13'