They call it the “Niagara of the South.” It’s a sight to behold, but you’ll hear it before you see it. The massive 128-foot-wide waterfall roars as water gushes down a 68-foot drop and splashes into the river below. This is what visitors to Kentucky’s Cumberland Falls State Resort Park get to witness when they visit the breathtaking Cumberland Falls. And it’s just one of many things to do in this incredible place.
This is certainly one of the best places to camp in Kentucky, and it’s up there with some of the best places to camp in the United States. If you’re thinking about camping in an RV, it’s even better. You get all the necessary amenities and accommodations while experiencing Kentucky’s natural beauty in its truest and most stunning form.
Read on to learn everything you need to know about RV camping in Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, and when you’re ready to roll, rent an RV from Cruise America.
RV Camping In and Near the Park
The first thing to figure out when heading to Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is where you’re going to park your RV. Fortunately, for RV campers, there are 20 full hookup RV campsites in the park. They are all situated near each other just north of a bend in the Cumberland River and feet from park facilities like showers and bathrooms.
Camping in the park is ideal for most visitors, but if you’re looking for something different or the sites are all reserved, you can still find plenty of RV campgrounds near Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. Here are a few examples:
Things To Do in Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Once you find your RV camping spot in Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, it’s time to get out and enjoy the natural beauty you’re surrounded by. Here are some great ways to do that.
See the “Niagara of the South”
Cumberland Falls is the central feature of the park, and for good reason. It’s one of the largest waterfalls in the South. It’s 68 feet tall, 128 feet wide, and sure to thrill you and everyone in your group.
Witness a “Moonbow”
You’ve heard of a rainbow, but what about a moonbow? This is an incredibly rare natural phenomenon that tends to occur near waterfalls. Put simply, this is a rainbow created by moonlight — instead of sunlight — passing through water droplets. And you can see one at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park.
Your best bet is to wait for a full moon and go to the falls when the moon is at its brightest. The moonbow should appear on the side of the sky that is opposite of the moon. Take a minute to breathe, look at the moonbow, and understand that you’re in the presence of one of nature’s rarest and most incredible sights.
Mine for Gems
Just beyond the gift shop at the falls, you’ll find the Cumberland Falls Mining Company. This is the place to go in Cumberland Falls State Resort Park if you wake up one morning and feel like getting your hands on some gemstones.
At the gemstone flume, you can sift through rough material to look for colorful gemstones and even fossils. Keep in mind that this activity is closed during the winter.
The Cumberland River is basically overflowing with fish, so if you’re an angler or just looking for a fun activity that might result in a tasty meal, try fishing when you get to Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. You may encounter one (or several) of the bass, panfish, and catfish that fill the river. Keep in mind that you will have to purchase a fishing license to legally fish in the park.
Logistics & Tips for Camping Near Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park closes to campers for winter from November 1 to March 14 (those dates may shift a little from year to year), so you will need to plan your visit for a warmer month. While you may be able to find an RV campsite near the park during the winter months, keep in mind that many of the activities available inside the park, such as swimming, also shut down during the winter.
When you are here, you will want to be selective about the precise dates you visit if you hope to witness the miraculous moonbow. The Kentucky State Parks website maintains a comprehensive list of dates on which you can spot the moonbow.
If you’re hoping to grab a bite at the delicious Riverview Restaurant in the park, keep in mind that it is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. The gift shop is open all year, but the snack shop is only open from April 1 to October 31.
Make It Real With an RV Rental
Any nature lover is going to leave Cumberland Falls State Resort Park with a cup that runneth over. From the majesty and power of the falls to the ethereal tranquility of the moonbow, you’ll see nothing less than everything you’re looking for in a place to camp.
Ready to make that dream a reality? Then you’re ready to get an RV rental from Cruise America. We’re happy to hook you up with the perfect RV to get you to the park and keep you cruising comfortably for the entirety of your trip. Reserve an RV rental or contact us if you have questions.