We have returned from our weekend trip to KY. Sunday we traveled up to Middlesboro, KY to spend the night. It is right outside of Cumberland Gap National Historic Park. It is also built inside a crater.
If you go to Google Maps, you can see it and don’t have to take the sign’s word for it. The next day we hiked around in the Cumberland Gap, including a hike up to the gap and a mountain called Tri-State Peak where the survey lines for TN, KY, and VA all come together.
From there we drove over to Cumberland Falls State Park to see the 2nd largest waterfall east of the Mississippi.
While we saw a rainbow in the mist, this is the only place in the western hemisphere to see a moonbow during a full moon.
And the next day we did the Historic Tour, one of about a dozen they give throughout the massive (over 300 miles of surveyed routes) cave system. We only walked two miles. Unlike Carlsbad, a good bit of this cave is dry, though we did venture into some damp areas as we went down. There are some tours that have some stalagmites and stalactites, but ours didn’t have any. This cave is also a lot more rustic than Carlsbad, with some very narrow passages and low hanging ceilings. If Rebekah has to duck, you know it’s small.
The whole trip from beginning to end was full of color.