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“Niagara of the South”

Cumberland Falls forms a 125’ wide curtain of roaring water that plunges 60’ into the boulder-strewn gorge below. The mist of the Cumberland Falls creates the magic of the moonbow, only visible on a clear night during a full moon. This unique phenomenon appears nowhere else in the Western Hemisphere.

“A Natural Wonder”

McCreary County is home to numerous natural arches and rock formations. Natural Arch Recreation Area is home to the most popular and accessible natural arch in McCreary county. The recreation area includes a concrete trail system, picnic sites, drinking fountains, playground, horseshoe pits, grill areas picnic shelters and amphitheater. The arch itself is an impressive rock shelter natural arch with a semi-circular opening. It is 100 feet wide, 44 feet high and about 25  feet thick.

“Your Return Ticket to History off the Beaten Track”

This trip is full of spectacular scenic vistas, lush vegetation and mountain streams as it descends 600 feet into the gorge before stopping at Blue Heron Coal Mining Camp, a National Park Service outdoor interpretive site.  Your ticket also includes admission to the McCreary County Museum in Stearns.  Open: April—December.

“Natural Beauty at its Finest”

Encompassing 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area protects the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries.

The area boasts miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs, is rich with natural and historic features and has been developed to provide visitors with a wide range of outdoor recreational activities.