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CORBIN, KENTUCKY

The Beauty of Cumberland Falls and the Traditions, Legends and Music of Appalachia

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Itinerary for Apr 26 — May 1, 2015

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Type: Lodge

Description: Cumberland Falls State Resort is located in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Known as the "Niagara of the South," the waterfall forms a 125-foot wide curtain that plunges 60 feet into the boulder-strewn gorge below. The mist of Cumberland Falls creates the magic of the moonbow, only visible on a clear night during a full moon. This unique phenomenon appears nowhere else in the Western Hemisphere.

Contact info:
Cumberland Falls State Resort
7351 Hwy. 90
Corbin, KY 40701-8857 USA
phone: 606-528-4121
web: parks.ky.gov/cumbfal2.htm

Room amenities: Fifty-two rooms offer beautiful views and full amenities and modern conveniences such as heat, air, phone, tv in room.

Facility amenities: Solid hemlock beams and knotty pine paneling complement the massive stone fireplaces in historic DuPont Lodge. DuPont Lodge Patio offers an inspiring view of the Cumberland River and encircling mountains.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: 80.99 dbl. plus taxes.
Contact lodge directly to confirm rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 26 - Arrival and Check In / Registration / Welcome Din...
Note: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. The Road Scholar table will be staffed beginning at 3:00 p.m. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: In the Riverview Restaurant inside Dupont Lodge, we’ll enjoy a hearty buffet with soup and salad, traditional Kentucky cuisine as well as local favorites, and desserts, plus coffee, tea, and soft drinks; Other drinks will be available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation: Our Group Leader will greet everyone in the classroom and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have.

Indicated times are approximate; program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. All lectures will be held in the meeting room inside the lodge unless specified otherwise. Thank you for your understanding.

We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.

Lodging: DuPont Lodge

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Cumberland Falls State Resort is located in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Known as the "Niagara of the South," the waterfall forms a 125-foot wide curtain that plunges 60 feet into the boulder-strewn gorge below. The mist of Cumberland Falls creates the magic of the moonbow, only visible on a clear night during a full moon. This unique phenomenon appears nowhere else in the Western Hemisphere.

Contact info:
Cumberland Falls State Resort
7351 Hwy. 90
Corbin, KY 40701-8857 USA
phone: 606-528-4121
web: parks.ky.gov/cumbfal2.htm

Room amenities: Fifty-two rooms offer beautiful views and full amenities and modern conveniences such as heat, air, phone, tv in room.

Facility amenities: Solid hemlock beams and knotty pine paneling complement the massive stone fireplaces in historic DuPont Lodge. DuPont Lodge Patio offers an inspiring view of the Cumberland River and encircling mountains.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: 80.99 dbl. plus taxes.
Contact lodge directly to confirm rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 27 - Natural History of Cumberland Falls State Resort ...
Natural History of Cumberland Falls State Resort Park / Field Trip to Cumberland Falls / Appalachian Geography / Evening Jam Session

Note: Note: Walking distances up to 1/2 mile on even terrain with some hills.

Breakfast: In the Riverview Restaurant, enjoy a buffet with traditional country items as well as lighter fare plus coffee, tea, juice, or milk.

Morning: We’ll begin our program with a lecture in our hotel meeting room, where a local expert will present the unique geology of the Cumberland Falls area. The falls themselves, often called “Little Niagara” or “The Niagara of the South,” are 68 feet tall and 125 feet wide, flowing over a sandstone bed. Notable events include the frequent appearance of a lunar rainbow or “moonbow” in the mist at the base of the falls, and the fall of a meteorite here on June 6, 1919.

Following our lecture, we’ll depart the hotel and head to the mighty falls. Led by a park naturalist, participants may choose to walk the short trail, ride the shuttle van, from the hotel to the Cumberland Falls.



Lunch: In the Riverview Restaurant we’ll enjoy a buffet with soup and salad, an entrée, and dessert plus coffee, tea, and soft drinks; Other beverages will be available for purchase.

Afternoon: In the Loge meeting room, a local expert will deliver a presentation on Appalachian geography and its influence on historical events in the area. The Cumberland Gap, a key pass through the Appalachian Mountains, is famous for its role in colonial and early American history, when it was part of the Wilderness Road to what was then the western frontier. Used by Native Americans for centuries, it was first mentioned by European-American settlers in 1670, and was explored by Daniel Boone and his frontiersmen at the time of the Revolutionary War. During the American Civil War, the “Battle of the Cumberland Gap” was actually a series of engagements between the Confederate and Union armies in 1862 and 1863. Fighting ended in September, 1863, when a bloodless surrender by the Confederates left it under Union control, where it remained for the rest of the war.

Dinner: In the Riverview Restaurant.

Evening: In the great room of the lodge, enjoy performances by local musicians offering a variety of musical genres including Bluegrass, folk, country, and gospel. Participants may join in with their instruments, voices, hand-clapping, foot-tapping, requests or dancing.

Lodging: DuPont Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Cumberland Falls State Resort is located in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Known as the "Niagara of the South," the waterfall forms a 125-foot wide curtain that plunges 60 feet into the boulder-strewn gorge below. The mist of Cumberland Falls creates the magic of the moonbow, only visible on a clear night during a full moon. This unique phenomenon appears nowhere else in the Western Hemisphere.

Contact info:
Cumberland Falls State Resort
7351 Hwy. 90
Corbin, KY 40701-8857 USA
phone: 606-528-4121
web: parks.ky.gov/cumbfal2.htm

Room amenities: Fifty-two rooms offer beautiful views and full amenities and modern conveniences such as heat, air, phone, tv in room.

Facility amenities: Solid hemlock beams and knotty pine paneling complement the massive stone fireplaces in historic DuPont Lodge. DuPont Lodge Patio offers an inspiring view of the Cumberland River and encircling mountains.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: 80.99 dbl. plus taxes.
Contact lodge directly to confirm rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 28 - Music and Life in the Appalachians / Religion in ...
Music and Life in the Appalachians / Religion in Appalachia / Birds of Prey

Note: Note: Participants will encounter live birds of prey during the Raptor Rehabilitation presentation.

Breakfast: In the Riverview Restaurant.

Morning: A local expert will help us discover the rich musical traditions of Appalachia and how it has been influenced by the many ethnic groups bringing their traditions into the area through lecture, live, and recorded music samples in a lodge meeting room.

Lunch: In the Riverview Restaurant.

Afternoon: Learn the role of religion in Appalachia presented with respect to the musical traditions of both mainstream and unique mountain denominations from a local educator. Explore the role of religion in Mountain Life, learn about both mainstream and mountain Christian denominations as part of the cultural landscape, and discover the musical traditions of these denominations through pictures, live music and recorded examples.

Dinner: In the Riverview Restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy a presentation from the only High School in the United States to offer Raptor Rehabilitation to its students. Meet the teacher, the students, and some of the birds of prey that are part of this unique program.

Lodging: DuPont Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Cumberland Falls State Resort is located in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Known as the "Niagara of the South," the waterfall forms a 125-foot wide curtain that plunges 60 feet into the boulder-strewn gorge below. The mist of Cumberland Falls creates the magic of the moonbow, only visible on a clear night during a full moon. This unique phenomenon appears nowhere else in the Western Hemisphere.

Contact info:
Cumberland Falls State Resort
7351 Hwy. 90
Corbin, KY 40701-8857 USA
phone: 606-528-4121
web: parks.ky.gov/cumbfal2.htm

Room amenities: Fifty-two rooms offer beautiful views and full amenities and modern conveniences such as heat, air, phone, tv in room.

Facility amenities: Solid hemlock beams and knotty pine paneling complement the massive stone fireplaces in historic DuPont Lodge. DuPont Lodge Patio offers an inspiring view of the Cumberland River and encircling mountains.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: 80.99 dbl. plus taxes.
Contact lodge directly to confirm rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, April 29 - Natural Beauty of Kentucky Field Trip / Coal Camp...
Breakfast: In the Riverview Restaurant.

Morning: We’ll take a field trip by bus to natural points of interest including scenic overlooks and natural arches, which will further enhance the understanding of the Cumberland Plateau’s unique geology as part of Appalachia. During this field trip led by a park naturalist, we’ll continue to a historic coal camp for insights into what life was like in the early Appalachian coal-mining days.

Lunch: At a former company-owned coal camp, we’ll enjoy a box lunch including a choice of ham, turkey, or vegetarian sandwich, assorted chips, fruit, cookies, and bottled water.

Afternoon: With a local expert, we’ll explore a restored coal camp. In the latter part of the 19th century until the 1950s, company-owned coal camps were a part of the Appalachian mining industry. Coal companies owned large tracts of land where mines were located, and they built unincorporated “towns” where miners lived with their families. Miners paid rent to the company that in turn paid them wages, and miners bought everything from food to furniture and even haircuts in the company store – also owned by the mining company. These closed economies ran on company-issued “scrip” rather than U.S. currency, and prices were often higher than in stores outside the mining area. However, with no practical way to travel to these other towns, miners and their families were captive to their camps. Residents of coal camps formed close ties, and to this day, many hold reunions long after the camps have closed.



Dinner: In the Riverview Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure to enjoy the park or venture out into the local community.

Lodging: DuPont Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Cumberland Falls State Resort is located in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Known as the "Niagara of the South," the waterfall forms a 125-foot wide curtain that plunges 60 feet into the boulder-strewn gorge below. The mist of Cumberland Falls creates the magic of the moonbow, only visible on a clear night during a full moon. This unique phenomenon appears nowhere else in the Western Hemisphere.

Contact info:
Cumberland Falls State Resort
7351 Hwy. 90
Corbin, KY 40701-8857 USA
phone: 606-528-4121
web: parks.ky.gov/cumbfal2.htm

Room amenities: Fifty-two rooms offer beautiful views and full amenities and modern conveniences such as heat, air, phone, tv in room.

Facility amenities: Solid hemlock beams and knotty pine paneling complement the massive stone fireplaces in historic DuPont Lodge. DuPont Lodge Patio offers an inspiring view of the Cumberland River and encircling mountains.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: 80.99 dbl. plus taxes.
Contact lodge directly to confirm rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, April 30 - Socioeconomics of the Region / Nature Walk / Kent...
Socioeconomics of the Region / Nature Walk / Kentucky Chautauqua Presentation / Farewell Party

Note: Note: Walking up to 1 1/2 miles on even terrain with some hills.

Breakfast: In the Riverview Restaurant.

Morning: Learn about the importance of coal in the past, present, and future of the Appalachian region of Eastern Kentucky. Explore the positive and negative roles it plays on the environment and socio-economics of the region, including minority populations by a local expert.

Lunch: In the Riverview Restaurant.

Afternoon: From the hotel, we’ll explore the diverse flora of the park with a park naturalist, including trees, club mosses, ferns, lichens and the many wildflowers in bloom in a mixed mesophytic forest. Animal encounters could include invertebrates, neo-tropical migrant birds, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals, including black bears.

Dinner: Cookout dinner located in the outdoor pavilion. (weather permitting)

Evening: We’ll see a presentation made available by the Kentucky Humanities Council. This first-person play depicts Lilley Cornett and his contribution of preserving old growth forests in Eastern Kentucky.

Following the performance, we’ll have a farewell social over cake in a meeting room inside the lodge and distribute passport stamps for your Road Scholar “passport”.

Lodging: DuPont Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 01 - Nature Hike / Wrap-Up Presentation / Program Conc...
Note: Note: Hotel check-out is at 11:00 a.m. Walking up to 1 1/2 miles on even terrain with some hills.

Breakfast: In the Riverview Restaurant.

Morning: From the hotel, we’ll have a nature walk with a local expert. This moderate hike to Pinnacle Knob Fire Tower is a trail through an Oak-Pine Forest, where a variety of plant life lives. The recently restored fire tower offers spectacular views of the level of Kentucky. Get a glimpse of the lonely life of a fire watcher, often times the first line of defense at preventing forest fires.

Lunch: In the Riverview Restaurant. Box lunch will be available for an extra charge. This concludes our program.

We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Corbin, KY
Corbin, KYModern shopping centers, antique shops, and supercenters located in Corbin.
Cumberland Falls State ResortCumberland Falls State Resort has 17 miles of hiking trails. Maps provided at the park free of charge.
Cumberland Inn MuseumNatural history museum located in Williamsburg, Kentucky.
For additional information, visit: www.cumberlandinn.com/mus.htm
Sanders Cafe and MuseumEat Where It All Began. A half hour drive to the original Kentucky Fried Chicken. Enjoy the "route 66 culture'' museum of the original motel and restaurant. No admission charge. Restaurant still operational.
For additional information, visit: www.chickenfestival.com/sanders.htm

Important information about your itinerary:
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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips
2 Performances

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