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Sheltowee Trace

Laurel Boat Ramp to Cumberland Falls

Cumberland Falls is 125 feet wide and 68 feet tall. Because of the angle of the falls if there is Full Moon it is possible to see a moonbow (a night rainbow) which is unique to these falls. Cumberland Falls is sometimes called the "Niagara of the South". It is the largest Fall in the state of Kentucky.

Section 27 of the Sheltowee (10.8) merges with Moonbow trail #1 just past the restrooms at Laurel Boat Ramp. There are some nice camping sites along this section including Bark Camp Creek, Star Camp and Dog Slaughter Falls. The trail follows along between the Cumberland River and the large bluffs above crossing several creeks before reaching Cumberland Falls.


Section 27

*Times listed are accumulative.

0.00 Trail head up the road just past the restrooms, trail leaves road to right and is now combined with Moonbow trail.

0.11 Bridge crossing, nice bluffs through this area.

0.17 Up to left is possible small campsite.

0.24 On right is nice large group campsite.

0.40 Trail climbs follows along between river and bluffs.

0.68 Trail levels out, flood plain to right, good rest stop.

0.83 Work your way through boulders.

1.09 Big rock house to left.

1.46 Cross stream.

1.51 Big rock house to left, see rapids to right.

1.75 Bark Creek, follow trail up and around, cross creek and back down to Bark Camp. Note: bridge is out and may be difficult to cross if high water is present. (*3 hr with stop)

2.82 Bark Camp shelter .25, Dog Slaughter 5.0, Cumberland Falls 8.0.

3.10 Spur trail to Bark Camp Shelter. Maybe one spot for tent, 6 to 7 in the shelter.

3.72 Trail is in bad shape.

4.48 Cross Devils Creek.

4.52 Spur trail to left, continue right as trail widens.

4.83 Logging road continues straight, makers lead right.

5.26 Pass though large boulders, this section is rocky.

5.92 Remains of boat, Star Camp. 2 miles to Dog Slaughter.

6.15 Cross foot bridge trail starts to climb steeply toward bluffs. This section continues up and down for .30 of a mile.

6.44 Campsites near large rock.

7.20 Cross foot bridge.

7.85 Campsite at dog Slaughter. (*6 hr with stop)

8.12 Dog Slaughter Falls, After crossing bridge, sign posted 2.75 Cumberland Falls, 2.0 Star Camp, 5.0 Barkcamp, 8.0 Laurel Boat ramp. If you go up and left there is a small campsite, continuing past the campsite leads to Dog Slaughter Falls. ST continues to right of sign.

8.32 Cross bridge, nice campsite just beyond bridge.

8.58 Sandy beach, trail becomes more difficult.

8.81 Trail head Trail 2 goes left, straight Cumberland Falls 2.0 (*7.5 hr)

8.85 Climb steep steps.

9.17 Rock House trail to left. 0.5

9.53 Rock House trail again, trail continues up and down through some rock steps.

10.75 Wood steps lead to parking lot, Trail 1 leads to vista of falls and sandy beach area. (*9 hr with 2 stops)

10.80 Top of steps, sign indicates 5.0 to Star Shelter, 7.0 Bark Creek Camp, 10.00 to Hwy 1277, 13 Laurel Lake Dam. Continue right across small foot bridge. Cumberland Falls parking lot.

Kentucky Contacts

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
PO Box 1848
Middlesboro, KY 40965
(606) 248-2817

Sheltowee Trace
London Ranger District

761 S. Laurel Road
London, KY 40744 606-864-4163


Gettng There

Laurel Lake Dam—Take I-75 to London Ky, exit on KY 192 west to Junction at KY 1193. Turn left and follow KY 1193 to Dam.

Cumberland Falls—Southbound on I-75 exit Corbin, Ky, on KY 25 south. Follow KY 25 to KY 90 and turn right, continue west on KY 90 into the park.

Cumberland Falls—Northbound on I-75 exit Goldbug, Ky, on KY 25 north. Follow KY 25 to KY 90 and turn left, continue west on KY 90 into the park.

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