TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

January 23, 2014

Arches and Waterfalls weekend kicks off Friday

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park site for three-day event


TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble

Staff Writer

Feel like taking an invigorating hike this weekend?

If so, you’re in luck, as Cumberland Falls State Resort Park has their Arches and Waterfall Weekend going on Friday through Sunday.

The three-day event features daytime hikes to natural arches and waterfalls in the park area, along with programs on astronomy and history on Friday and Saturday evenings.

It all kicks off at 4 p.m. Friday with a tour of Cumberland Falls.

At 7 p.m., the park will have an astronomy program — better known as a “Star Party,” which will be held in the Moonbow Room of the Dupont Lodge.

On Saturday, visitors and hikers take to the outdoors, as the Dog Slaughter Falls Hike starts at 10 a.m. Park officials note the hike is a two-mile strenuous hike.

The afternoon features a tour of Natural Arch and Yahoo Falls. The tour is a total of two miles, with those making the walk returning to the lodge about 5 p.m.

Saturday night, the Dupont Lodge will host a program on the history of Cumberland Falls, beginning at 8 p.m.

The Arches and Waterfall Weekend concludes at 10 a.m. Sunday with a hike to the various features at Cumberland Falls that make it unique.

The registration fee for the weekend is $10 for an adult, while it’s free for children ages 12 and under.

If you’re going to hike, the park reminds people that moderate hiking is required on most trips.

Van space is limited. If the van space fills up, guests may have to drive their own vehicles.

Hikes will start in the lounge of the Dupont Lodge.

This weekend’s event is the first of three Arches and Waterfall Weekends this year at Cumberland Falls. The next one will take place March 8-9, with the final weekend coming up this fall on Nov. 1-2.

For more information, you can call the park at 1-800-325-0063, or 528-4121. You can also contact Bret Smitley by email at BretA.Smitley@ky.gov.