While we were at Cumberland Falls for our anniversary weekend, we asked our rafting guide where some local spots to go swimming or hiking were. He suggested Eagle Falls for both hiking and a swim.
The hiking path for Eagle Falls Trail is along the Cumberland Falls cliff line within the State Park’s borders; in fact, during portions of the hike, you can stop and see the big falls! Just up the road from the falls (heading west) is the bridge that crosses the Cumberland River; just a little way’s down is a turn-off for parking and the information sign about the falls. It’s about a 2 mile hike, but can only be accessed during certain times of the year. You cross a seasonal stream, so occasionally the last portion of the trail is inaccessible due to high water. That last half of the hike is also incredibly rugged and was kicking my behind! I don’t recommend this hike if you have any health issues or can’t practically climb up and down the rocks because the terrain was just that rough.
That being said, the view was well worth it! The water is incredibly chilly and the pool looks shallow, but don’t be fooled, the bottom is quite deep! It was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon…. and the locals would agree, because in the two hours or so we spent at the falls, we saw many youth groups and clubs stop by for a quick swim.
If it hasn’t been incredibly rainy lately, you can also “rock scramble” to end up behind the waterfall. It was a beautiful view!
Hiking and swimming at Eagle Falls was a wonderful memory from our first anniversary trip!
What is your favorite waterfall?