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Cumberland Falls: Dog Slaughter Falls

DSC03106So Dad and I decided to return to Cumberland Falls for the second time in eight days to try a new section of trails that neither of us had done before.  It’s being called Dog Slaughter Falls for the main attraction (Dog Slaughter Falls) but it is really a loop consisting of a few different trails which I will be very detailed about names and numbers so try and keep up.

The trail begins just down from the visitor’s center which is a good start because it allows for one to pick up a trail map at the visitor’s center, and it also allows for you to begin and end with the Cumberland Falls.  When you come to the official trailhead one thing that you will notice is that there are several names for the same section of trail: Moonbow trail, Park Trail 1, Sheltowee Trail 100.  From here on I’ll introduce the trail with all names used then I will refer to it by the park’s numbering system.  Let’s go. Read the rest of this entry »

Cumberland Falls: Blue Bend and Eagle Falls

DSC02062This trip was a repeat of one I did earlier in the year and really enjoyed.  The differences are that this one is during the fall and we started this trek before the sun was up.  Nothing keeps you on your toes like parking beside the bear warnings and then starting your hike still needing your headlamp to see the trail ahead of you.  As we (Eddie Smith and myself) walked over to the trail head from the parking area we noticed a dark figure moving over by our car.  Based on the two previous sentences your probably thinking it was a bear………..it wasn’t.  It was a dog, we watched the dog for a while and then decide to move on with our hike.  Shortly after starting we realize that the dog is following us.  We kept going and the dog stayed right with us the whole way, we checked and there was no tag.

We enjoyed the company all the way to the Sheltowee portion of the blue bend which is my personal favorite for all the rocky areas and ledges to play around on.  We climbed onto a ledge about 12 feet off the ground only to realize that the dog was trying to follow us up the rocks, which eventually led to the dog being stuck about 6 feet up and us having to rescue it.  Read the rest of this entry »

Cumberland Falls: Blue Bend and Eagle Falls

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Blue Bend

Bruce Crawford and I started our day on the Blue Bend trail at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park.  The trail begins across the river if you are at the visitor’s center, cross the bridge and there is a parking area on the right.  The trail begins just short of the parking on the left.  This is a 4.3 mile loop that should take around 3 hours depending on your level of comfort.  No dogs are allowed and maps are available at the gift shop.

The trail began with a slight climb to the top of the ridge at about half a mile from the trailhead.  The trail is well maintained with the exception of one downed sign but the direction of the trail from there was very obvious.  The trail will also be marked with blue paint and the number 10 as it is trail #10 at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park.

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