Margaret’s sister was recently in an ice skating competition in Ohio and it was a bit of trek up to Cincinnati, Ohio for the weekend, so we decided to split up the drive and stayed at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park in Daniel Boone National Forest. The Daniel Boone National Forest/Cumberland Falls State Resort Park are about halfway in between Atlanta, Georgia and Cincinnati, Ohio, making for an ideal stopping point if venturing up to Ohio, a weekend getaway, or even a rather long day trip.
We camped for two nights in Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, but the park also offers a nice lodge for visitors if camping is not your style. We often camp to both save money while traveling and because we simply enjoy camping; however, this site was probably not our favorite. Our site was right underneath a massive, unnecessary lamp that made it quite difficult to sleep. The sites were also quite close together, and felt more like a lot to set up your tent/camper then being in nature. Our camping experience was definitely just a place to sleep and not really the camping experience.
Although the campsite lacked in charm and nature, we had a fantastic time hiking and seeing both Cumberland Falls, as well as Eagle Falls. We started at trail 9 and from there did the Gorge Overlook, which allows you to get another view of the falls, and then also broke off and did the Eagle Falls Trail loop. The first half of the the trail was filled with stunning views of the waterfall, which seems appropriately deemed the “Niagara Falls of the South.” The Gorge Overlooks is extremely steep, but luckily it is short in length to the top where visitors can get additional views of Cumberland Falls. We continued back onto trail 9 and experienced the bluffs and water drops forming puddles in our pathways. Next we took the Eagle Falls Trail loop that brought us to an incredible waterfall, however, getting there was not easy as the trail was flooded out. We had to follow a makeshift path created by others that involved hugging one of the bluffs. The waterfall was absolutely stunning and the water was a beautiful blue green.
After getting back to trail 9, the trail followed along the river that eventually became Eagle Falls, which rushed by with the same blue green water. The river would fluctuate in size, and, right before the trail breaks away from the river to head up into the mountain, there is a perfect little clearing beside the water to stop, take a rest, eat a snack, and look at some incredible views of the river. Once the trail breaks away from the river, it is a bit steep and heads into a more forested area. The trail winds a bit up and down, but the change in elevation allows you to experience unique differences in the vegetation. By the end we were a bit worn out, but we definitely felt like we saw some incredible views. After, we stopped by the main attraction, Cumberland Falls, which is right off the road and doesn’t involve any hiking, making it a very popular area in the park. We were there in March, and it was already very crowded. For those who don’t like crowds and like experiencing nature in a serene setting, we suggest sticking to the back trails. Cumberland Falls State Resort Park was a great place to not only stop for a campsite, but also to encounter exquisite natural sites.