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Monday, May 7, 2012

Cumberland falls from observation deck

Cumberland falls from observation deck

When Tennesseans think about waterfalls, Fall Creek Falls is probably the first one that comes to mind. However, if you lived in Kentucky, this is the one that would probably pop into your mind first.

With a drop of 68 feet and a width of 125 feet, it's the most voluminous in the area, leading to the nickname Niagara of the South. Also, it's the Cumberland River - yes, the same Cumberland River that goes through downtown Nashville - but it's not quite as wide since it is far upstream. The falls may be best known for the Moonbow, which is like a rainbow, but is caused by the water refracted light from the moon. (There's a bunch of people here on a clear night with a full moon!)

You may or may not be able to see the people in this photo. First of all, you can get rather close to the water at the top of the waterfall and there are about 4 or 5 people there on the top left. Plus there are a couple more people fishing from the large rock which juts out into the water.

This photo is taken from a popular observation point about 1500-2000 feet away, and using some zoom to see the area better.

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