Roadside Fun: What is the name people call Cumberland Falls?

What is the name people call Cumberland Falls? Hint: Cumberland Falls has a much bigger twin in New York that we hope to see later this summer. This small fall can get 300 feet wide during its highest level and plunges over a 250 million year old rock. The falls enchants poetic beauty for Romantics. It is best known for its moonbow, which they say can only duplicated at Victoria Falls in Africa. Sadly, we missed the full moon and the moonbow but have put it on our bucket list for our next visit.

Cumberland FallsThe Indians were the first residents of the falls and were camping here when it was first discovered by first white settlers. The Shawnee, Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Creek Nations all used this as a temporary hunting ground. In early maps it was actually called the Shawnee River. The white man bought and sold it many times and almost became part of power plant. Lucky, a newspaper editor got win of the proposal and put a stop to the hydroponics power plant. As a result, he helped Kentucky get the land for a State Park.

Niagara of the South

Cumberland FallsWe enjoyed the walk down to the “Niagara of the South” and surprised at how incredible busy it was. Before heading down the path to the Falls we stopped at the museum that had indian artifacts, and showed how the native indians lived in the area. Several platforms allow you to take pictures and many historical markers along the route down. Also, don’t forget to check out the gift shop and concession stand if you want a snack. Cost is free to visit Cumberland Falls and well worth the visit. Finally best part, of this whole trip is that we got to visit our Granny and Grandaddy.


About Chrissie

Follow our crazy journey across America as we visit roadside oddities, historical land marks and beautiful landscapes. I have ton of ideas and review educational products that will help you get the most on your home school adventure. We are an Unschool family that believes the world is our classroom and is teaching our children to self direct their education to a better future.