Kentucky: A Guide to the Bluegrass State

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A winding trail leads from the falls, half a mile down the river to LITTLE EAGLE FALLS, small but picturesque, surrounded by heavily wooded hills. It is said that this spot was regarded as a sacred place by the Indians who guarded it day and night and even fought a battle (the Indian Battle of Shiloh) in its defense. On the south side of the river is a CLIFF WALK, a narrow ledge high above the water, which winds around the shoulders of the hill until it reaches a shelter house at the top.

A fine growth of yellow pine crowns the ridges, while on the steep slopes and ravines leading down to the river is a mixed forest growth of hemlock, tulip, magnolia, oak, sweetgum, dogwood, and holly, the latter especially abundant and of large size. Azalea, rhododendron, spicebush, Stewartia, blueberry, St.-John's-wort, and strawberry bush are among the many plants.

The old MOONBOW INN, on a ledge above the falls, is so named because in the full of the moon Cumberland Falls has a moonbow, a spectrum formed in the mist -- one of the few to be seen on this continent. Moonbow Inn is a rambling two-story frame structure, erected in the 1860's, and later restored. The main building forms an ell that faces the falls. A two-story porch extends entirely across the faqade next to the river.

DUPONT LODGE, named in honor of T. Coleman du Pont, stands on a ridge overlooking the Cumberland River, one mile from the falls. It is built of wood and stone.

The 900,000-acre CUMBERLAND NATIONAL FOREST, encircling Cumberland Falls State Park, contains thousands of acres of virgin timber and a variety of wild game including deer, black bear, and smaller fur-bearing animals, as well as wild turkey, quail, and waterfowl.

A thickly wooded region of hills lies between the Cumberland River, crossed by a ferry (free), and PARKER'S LAKE, 30.2 m. (1,256 alt., 200 pop.), which is at the junction with US 27 (see Tour 3).


Tour 5

Warsaw -- Frankfort -- Lawrenceburg -- Harrodsburg -- Danville -- Jamestown -- Albany -- ( Chattanooga, Tenn.); State 35. Warsaw to Tennessee Line, 187.7 m.

Hard-surfaced roadbed between Warsaw and Liberty, graveled between Liberty and Jamestown, and graded between Jamestown and Tennessee Line. Southern Ry. parallels route between Lawrenceburg and Danville. All types of accommodations in larger towns; limited elsewhere.

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