Moonbow experience offers more than just a nighttime rainbow at Cumberland Falls

This photo was taken in the morning and showcases a rainbow, but a similar rainbow can be seen a night during a full moon, called the moonbow. | Photo by Angela Turner 


CORBIN — Looking for something to do this weekend with the family that’s low cost, beneficial, and fun? The Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is hosting a series of events that just might fulfill these needs.

This year’s Outdoor Family Adventure will be held this Friday and Saturday and will include hikes, crafts and educational experiences.

The first activity will begin Friday at 4 p.m. at the Cumberland Falls Pavilion. While there, participants will have the opportunity to make their own dream catchers. All materials needed will be provided. This can be a more tricky craft, so the park staff recommends it only for those who are age 6 and up. The craft is expected to take up to an hour to complete.

The second activity will be at 7 p.m. at the pavilion as well. The title of this portion is “Owls, Hunters of the Night.” Participants can learn all about these marvelous creatures and their habitats. Participants will have the chance to spot and hear owls using a bird calling device at the end.

The events will continue Saturday starting at 9:30 a.m. with a hike to the natural arch. The Falls will have their own bus to take up to 10 people to the trailhead and anyone else can follow in their own transportation.

Once there, there will be about a half mile moderate hike to the arch. It is suggested that those who participate wear comfortable closed toe shoes and bring water.

The next event will take place around 1 p.m. at the park’s gift shop near the actual Cumberland Falls area. This is a craft where participants will be able to make leaf printed shirts by using leaves and fabric paint to imprint the design. This activity lasts around an hour and costs $8 per shirt.

At 3 p.m., there will be an introduction to archery program at the pavilion. This will consist of a brief lesson on archery and end with some practice shooting on the range. The park staff asks that anyone under the age of 16 be accompanied by an adult, but recommends the activity for ages 5 and up. The instruction and practice will take around an hour and a half to complete.

Finally, the last activity on the agenda will begin at 6 p.m. It is described as a sunset hike to the Pinnacle Knob Fire Tower. A bus will also be available for this activity. But again, its capacity is 10 people; others are welcome to join, but will have to find their own transportation to the trail head.

This hike is roughly one and a half miles long and is considered to be moderate to strenuous. Proper footwear and water is suggested on this hike as well. Flashlights are also recommended incase a situation were to occur arise participants will have to hike back in the dark.

What is special about this tour is that the living quarters of the fire tower will be unlocked, so participants will be able to see where the lookout would have lodged when the structure was built in the 1930’s. This feature is normally only available on private tours, costing $5. However, it is a completely free aspect of this public tour.

For more information, contact (606) 528-4121.

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