Posted by: Jessie | May 21, 2011

Blue Ridge Parkway Trip: Cumberland Falls to Home

Cumberland Falls is beautiful.  It’s located in Corbin, KY, about an hour north of Knoxville, TN.  They call it the Niagara Falls of the south.   I think they said that the falls are 125 feet across and the drop is usually 60 feet, but that this changes depending on the water level.  With all the rain there had been some flooding in the area, so there was a lot of volunteers picking up garbage on the banks.  There was a whole rowboat sitting high up on the rocks. 

There were several different trails and overlooks to look at the falls.  One of the overlooks had a lovely rainbow.  It seems like this rainbow is always there as long as the sun is out.  These falls are famous for another rare phenomenon called a “Moonbow.”  Apparently when the moon is full and the weather is clear the moonlight is bright enough to cause a moonbow at the falls.  We missed the full moon by a few days.

After some falls gazing, a little hiking, and a trip through the gift shop we were back on the road.  We headed up to Frankfort, KY and stopped at Buffalo Trace Distillery.  We got there just in time to grab a quick lunch and take the last tour of the day.  They have a neat little restaurant that has pre-made sandwiches.  I had a veggie wrap and it was very good.  Then we headed back to the gift shop for the tour.  Not only do they make Buffalo Trace there, but several other brands of bourbon too.   The only ones I remember are Rip Van Winkle and Eagle Rare.  They also make a vodka.  After the tour they had about 5 different products we could choose from to taste, but they would only let us taste two each.  Each taste was less than a tablespoon.  Buffalo Trace Distillery has been operating since before Prohibition but it has had several different owners and several different names.  It was able to stay open during Prohibition by getting a special permit to make medicinal whisky, so this makes it one of the oldest distilleries in America.  They have a nice little tour and a nice gift shop.  The grounds are lovely, but they were getting ready to have a wedding there so we were not able to walk around much, so we got back on the bikes and came home.

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  1. We didn’t make it to Cumberland Falls on our trip, will definitely have to put that on our list of places to visit. Nice pics!

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