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Cumberland Falls, KY and Asheville, NC

Monday, October 28, 2013

Here's a few photos of our trip to Cumberland Falls in Corbin, KY in the Daniel Boone National State Forest. Elevation is anywhere from 2500 -3300 feet high. There are nearly 20 miles of trails, some require climbing over 850 feet.

The Dupont Lodge where we stayed, was in the middle of no where, someplace really beautiful

Bear warning signs were all around. Yikes!

The lodge was rustic with two huge fireplaces and comfy mountain furniture and rocking chairs to relax in. Our room had large windows that overlooked the Cumberland River and surrounding forest

The lodge had a huge deck overlooking the river

The food at the lodge was mediocre, but the window dining room views were really nice. They had bird feeders outside each window and I enjoyed watching the many kinds of birds come for some sustenance.

There were many nice trails to enjoy....we snapped a few photos along the way. The boulders were mammoth and interesting.

Cumberland Falls is accaimed "Niagara Falls of the South." It is hard to capture the scale with our small little phone camera, but the boulders around it are very large. The waterfall is 125 feet wide and 70 feet drop. I live near Niagara Falls and would say the shape of the falls is similar, but Cumberland Falls, in all it's beauty, does not come close to the beauty of one of the 7th Wonders of the World.

Our drive to Asheville, NC through the Smokey Mts. was amazing. I tried to take some photos while we drove, but they didn't turn out.

After a couple of days in Corbin, we continued our journey to the Asheville, NC area for a visit with BIL and wife, who live in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Our morning walks were scenic. Wild turkey run around freely. Some neighbors have horses.

One of our walks was along Beaver Lake right in Ashville

We took a walk around the North Carolina Aboretum. The hard frost from the 26 degree weather took its toll on many of the plants. There was so much to see, but I only snapped a couple of photos, one of some pear cactus and some purple berry thing. I would love to visit this garden when in full bloom during Spring or Summer. There are many hiking trails on the complex.

Now back home, I bring with me many fond memories made with DH and family spent in some beautiful areas of the United States. A trip to remember....
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    Great pictures. I enjoyed seeing your part of the country. I have relatives on the other side of the Smokes in TN so I've been close to this area but never during the fall with it's beautiful foliage. Thanks for sharing.
    1634 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    Oh so beautiful Vicki, thank you for posting pictures, now I can see what you describe so well.
    At Dupont Lodge, does look like a place bears would love to be, I would too, but I would not want to see those bears. Glad you got to watch the birds, I love watching them from my window, bet you got a big variety there.
    The boulders are so big I bet slippery too. Great picture of the Falls. Loved the Asheville area very colorful. Wild turkeys, I wonder if they still run around on Thanksgiving!!

    Such a great adventure, glad you had a good time, bet you are tired, thank you so much. emoticon
    1635 days ago
  • JULIA_211
    What gorgeous scenery! My Gosh! I would love to be walking down that road right along with you! emoticon emoticon Thank you for sharing your trip with us! Enjoy! emoticon
    1635 days ago
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