Overview. This is a short hike with tremendous views of two of the best waterfalls in the Commonwealth of Kentucky - Cumberland and Eagle Falls. At only 1.3 miles, this is a strenuous hike with a great deal of elevation change - a fact that wasn't lost on me after running Yamacraw 50K the day before:-)
Route Type: Out and Back
Total Distance: 1.3 miles
Overall Difficulty: Moderate
Map of Cumberland State Resort Park
Trailhead. Parking is very limited at the trailhead that can be found on the north side of Cumberland Falls Road (KY-90). Additional parking can be found on the south side of the street at the entrance to an old roadbed and current trail. [map]
Trail navigation. This is a straightforward out and back hike with heavily traveled trails. To reach the falls, follow the trail and descend the staircase to come out to the rocky shoreline of Cumberland River. From there, continue north to Eagle Falls.
CAUTION - ROCK HOPPING. There is a good bit of rock hopping near Eagle Falls. Be careful with your steps and keep a close watch on young children.