Cumberland Falls

I totally forgot that I never got around to uploading the rest from our day trip to Cumberland Falls. So here we go…

When we got there, we had to cross this bridge to get to the parking lot, and we both loved it so we walked down the the river and took a bunch of pictures of it.

As I mentioned in my first post of our trip, Cumberland Falls is one of two waterfalls where it is possible to see a moonbow. Obviously this makes it a huge tourist attraction, even during the day, so we had to battle for good spots to get pictures for the first bit of our hike. The park has 3 main overlooks (if I am remembering correctly) built for the waterfall; one at the top, one very close to the bottom of it, and then one further away. This shot was taken from the overlook that was closest the the bottom.

This one was taken while hiking, just looking off of the path. After those three main overlooks the number of people that we encountered went way down, it was kind of funny.

There then was a path that led down to this beach area (no swimming allowed though) that had such beautiful fine, white sand. There were quite a few people here again, but we hiked down the beach back towards the waterfall and after climbing over some boulders and piles of logs jammed from when the river is high, we were all alone and had a perfect view.

We then continued our hike, heading for our main goal for the day, Dog Slaughter Falls. The entire hike out there we didn’t encounter a single person, and on the way back, only two people. It was so nice to have the trail to ourselves, and especially on such a pretty hike.

And here are just some details from our hike.

I should mention, that we never actually made it to Dog Slaughter Falls. We had been hiking for a couple of hours, and it was already 5 o’clock or later, and we came upon a sign that told us that the trail was closed due to erosion, and that we had to take a detour. We didn’t know how much further we had until the falls, or how much the detour would add to the hike, and we were definitely not prepared to hike back in the dark, so we just turned around. Hopefully we will be able to get out there once again and actually make it.

 

274/365 – Cumberland Falls

**Still catching up…after falling back behind before even being caught up. How sad.

Sunday, October 10

Last fall I had seen pictures of a fellow photographer (who is friends with my brother and who I have played soccer with for two indoor seasons) at Dog Slaughter Falls. I immediately fell in love with the place and since then have been trying to get there. Dog Slaughter Falls is in Cumberland Falls State Park. Cumberland Falls is another waterfall there, ad is one of two waterfalls in the world where a moonbow is visible. Elliot has always wanted to see that (which is obviously only visible at night, and only during full moons for that matter), so we decided we needed to swing by that one also. Well this past weekend Elliot and I finally had a Sunday free, and so I told him early on in the week that we were going to go no matter what and that he was not to make plans. Sunday morning we headed out, and opted for the back roads instead of taking the highway. It took is a little over two hours, and was such a nice drive. We stopped and got some lunch and water before actually going into the park, and then began our long day of hiking.

This is Cumberland falls (the one that has the moonbow). It is right next to the visitor center, and so up at the top of it there were a ton of people. Once we hiked down a bit there were less and less people, which was nice. This particular spot we had to climb over some huge boulders and jammed logs, and were completely alone there.

I will upload the “rest” of the pictures in another post with some more of the story perhaps. It was extremely difficult to choose just one main picture from this day, I am so happy with so many, which is the first time in a long time that I have actually liked my landscape photographs.

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