Back on June 12th, Andy and I celebrated our first year of marriage! We had originally planned an anniversary trip to Aruba, but when we received unexpected orders to move over the summer to Iowa, we scrapped those plans in favor of a small, more affordable camping trip. Since we were down to mere weeks left in the Bluegrass state and almost-nothing accomplished on our “Kentucky Bucket List”, we decided to celebrate our first wedding anniversary with our #1 yet-to-be-completed activity: visiting Cumberland Falls.
Cumberland Falls, aka “The Niagara of the South” or “Little Niagara”, is a giant waterfall in southeastern Kentucky. It really is like a mini-Niagara Falls, but what I loved about Cumberland the most is there wasn’t nearly as much tourist traffic or light pollution as there is at Niagara Falls. We could simply enjoy the peace and quiet of nature!
Getting there from Fort Knox meant we spent the majority of our travel time on state highways instead of major interstates. A fellow military spouse went the same weekend we did and said if you get carsick easily, be prepared on your trip, especially the last 30-45 minutes, which is winding mountain roads.
We stayed at Sheltowee Trace Adventure Resort, simply because we wanted to go camping and the State Park’s tent camping area was already booked. Speaking to some fellow campers who were at a different location up the road confirmed our choice of staying in a “primitive” campsite (aka no electric or water hookups) at Sheltowee was a great decision! It felt like a giant summer camp for adults which I absolutely loved! (I was a camp counselor 5 years ago!) Our campsite was far enough from our neighbors that we had privacy, but close enough that we weren’t totally alone in the woods.
(I gotta brag on myself for a minute. Andy doubted my fire-making abilities, but I proved him wrong and got it started about 30 minutes sooner than he did!)
As far as restaurant choices in the area, there wasn’t a lot to choose from. Other than the state park’s pricey restaurant, the only other option is gas station food. Since I was sick of eating campfire food, we did make about a 45 minute drive south to Whitley City to eat at Milton’s Burger Hut. They served a variety of foods, so even if you don’t like burgers they’ll have something you like.
I’ll share more about our specific activities on our anniversary trip in future posts, but I will just summarize them with: go to Cumberland Falls. It is so amazing and was such a wonderful anniversary trip!
One year down, forever to go!
Have you heard of Cumberland Falls?