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

Program Number: 6722RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/28/2013 - 5/3/2013; 9/21/2014 - 9/26/2014; 11/9/2014 - 11/14/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Corbin, Kentucky
Price starting at: $487.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: National Parks; History & Culture; Walking/Hiking Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

Stand in awe of Kentucky’s Cumberland Falls, the “Niagara of the South,” and discover the wilderness beauty and natural history of the surrounding area. As unique as the landscape of this region is the culture of Appalachia — gain insights into the proud people here, their customs and culture, socioeconomic characteristics and personal stories. Learn about the geological structure that underlies the Appalachian Mountains.




Highlights

• During expert-led talks and walks in Cumberland Falls State Park, absorb its natural beauty and learn about the flora and fauna of the forest.
• Experience the traditions, legends and music that reflect the unique culture of Appalachia.
• Gain an appreciation for the realities of working life in Appalachia — past, present, and future.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to 1.5 miles per day; some uneven terrain and stairs. One hike on uneven, sometimes steep terrain.



Coordinated by Cumberland Falls State Resort Park.




Corbin

A tiny town in southeastern Kentucky that grew up around the railroads, Corbin was home to Colonel Sanders who started his fried chicken business out of a local service station. Cumberland Falls State Park is 20 minutes south of the town and is known for the moonbows over its waterfalls, a relatively faint version of a rainbow only seen at night.



Accommodations
Beautiful stone-and-wood lodge with large observation deck overlooking the Cumberland River.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Deborah Thompson

A naturalized Appalachian, Deborah Thompson has recently completed her doctorate in geography at the University of Kentucky. Deborah first came to the North Carolina mountains as a graduate student and never left Appalachia. She has served as the director of Appalachian studies at Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky, and has had several positions with Berea College. Deborah has researched the music of Appalachia extensively and is an accomplished musician.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   DuPont Lodge
  Corbin, KY 5 nights
 DuPont Lodge
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 allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior: 80.99 dbl. plus taxes. Contact lodge directly to confirm rates and availability.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: 80.99 dbl. plus taxes. Contact lodge directly to confirm rates and availability.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Afternoon registration at 5:00 PM. You will be staying at DuPont Lodge that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after lunch at 12:00 PM. You will be staying at DuPont Lodge the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Completed health form returned to Program Coordinator prior to arrival. Valid photo ID such as driver's license.
  Parking availability:
Park at the lodge the entire week at no charge.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Corbin, KY
  Nearest highway: I-75.
  Nearest airport:  Bluegrass Field (LEX), Lexington, KY.
  From End of Program
  Location: Corbin, KY
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Lexington, KY

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
phone: 606-528-4121
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$60
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

approx 2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

90 miles

   

A special Shuttle Service provided by Cumberland Falls State Resort Park from Bluegrass Field on program start date. This shuttle is a one time per day shuttle. Pick-up will be at Airport exit at 3:00 p.m. sharp. Due to Airport Security, participants must be ready to board shuttle at 3:00 p.m. Return to Bluegrass Field by 3:00 p.m. on program end date. Due to site location's isolation, a rental car is highly recommended! Please call for additional options.

 
Driving Directions
  East (Cumberland Gap, TN) Travel west on 25E to I-75 at Corbin. Turn left on I-75 South, exit 25, turn right on 25w. Travel 8 miles then right on Highway 90 west. Travel 8 miles, Dupont Lodge on left.
  North I -75 South, exit 25, turn right onto 25w, travel 8 miles, then right on highway 90, travel 8 miles, Dupont Lodge on left.
  South I-75 North, exit 15, turn left onto 25w, travel 8 miles then left on highway 90, travel 8 miles, Dupont Lodge on left.
  West (Bowling Green, KY) Take Louie B. Nunn Parkway to Somerset turn right on US27 south approx 20 miles travel south then left on Highway 90 east travel 12 miles, Dupont Lodge on right.
Equipment Requirements: Hiking boots and appropriate hiking gear are required for full participation in this program.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival and Check In/Welcome and Orientation
(Sunday, April 28)
   
 Afternoon: 5:00 PM Check-in and registration.
 Dinner: 5:30 PM Dinner in the dining room.
 Evening: 7:00 PM Welcome, orientation, and program overview. Meet your fellow participants and program staff.
   
Accommodations: DuPont Lodge
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Nature History of the Cumberland Falls Area/Appalachian Geography
(Monday, April 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining room.
 Morning: After Breakfast, discover the unique geology of the park with classroom instruction and a trip to Cumberland Falls.
 Lunch: Lunch in the dining room.
 Afternoon: Explore Appalachian geography with historical emphasis through classroom instruction/discussion.
 Dinner: Dinner in the dining room.
 Evening: Jam Session: Enjoy performances by local musicians, feel free to join in the fun.
   
Accommodations: DuPont Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Music and Life in the Appalachians/Birds of Prey
(Tuesday, April 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining room.
 Morning: Music of Appalachia with respect to history and local traditions.
 Lunch: Lunch in the dining room.
 Afternoon: Gain an understanding of the role religion plays in the lives of the people of Appalachia. Presented with respect to the musical traditions of both mainstream and unique mountain denominations.
 Dinner: Dinner in the dining room.
 Evening: Music of Appalachia with respect to history and local traditions. Understand the history of several musical instruments and how the people of the mountains used them and made them their own.
   
Accommodations: DuPont Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Natural Beauty of Kentucky/Coal Camps/
(Wednesday, May 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining room.
 Morning: During a field trip to local coal camps, learn about the communities that revolved around the industry of coal mining, and consider coal's economic importance in the Appalachian region.
 Lunch: Enjoy a box lunch while visiting former Company owned coal camps.
 Afternoon: Visit areas of natural interest, such as Natural Arch Scenic Area and Devil's Jump, that help to highlight the unique geography and geology of the Cumberland Plateau region of Appalachia.
 Dinner: Dinner in the dining room.
 Evening: Learn about the nighttime birds of prey and have a chance at an up close encounter with a wild bird of prey.
   
Accommodations: DuPont Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Nature Walk/Socio economics of region/Farewell Party
(Thursday, May 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining room.
 Morning: Turning Obstacles into Opportunities. Socio-economic look at Appalachia with emphasis on minority populations.
 Lunch: Lunch in the dining room.
 Afternoon: Guided 1.5 mile nature hike focusing on the flora and fauna of the park, with emphasis on the many wildflowers that grace the area. Return to the lodge for a discussion of both historical and new approaches to reclamation of surface mines and the pros and cons of each.
 Dinner: Dinner followed by Kentucky Chatauqua performance bringing to life a fascinating figure from Appalachian Kentucky's past.
 Evening: Enjoy an overview of the week, saying farewell to new found friends over dessert. Make sure to bring your Road Scholar passport.
   
Accommodations: DuPont Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Program Wrap Up/Departure
(Friday, May 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining room.
 Morning: Guided 1.5 mile nature hike focusing on the flora and fauna of the park, with emphasis on the many wildflowers that grace the area en route to the Pinnacle Knob Firetower to discover a magnificent view of the Cumberland Plateau.
 Lunch: Lunch in the dining room.
 Afternoon: Departure after lunch.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Corbin, KY Corbin, KY
Modern shopping centers, antique shops, and supercenters located in Corbin.
  Cumberland Falls State Resort
Cumberland Falls State Resort has 17 miles of hiking trails. Maps provided at the park free of charge.
  Cumberland Inn Museum
Natural history museum located in Williamsburg, Kentucky. For additional information, visit www.cumberlandinn.com/mus.htm
  Sanders Cafe and Museum
Eat 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: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


The Dollmaker


Author: Harriet Simpson Arnow


Description: The Dollmaker was originally published in 1954 to immediate success and critical acclaim. In unadorned and powerful prose, Harriette Arnow tells the unforgettable and heartbreaking story of the Nevels family and their quest to preserve their deep-rooted values amidst the turmoil of war and industrialization. When Gertie Nevels, a strong and self-reliant matriarch, follows her husband to Detroit from their countryside home in Kentucky, she learns she will have to fight desperately to keep her family together. A sprawling book full of vividly drawn characters and masterful scenes, The Dollmaker is a passionate tribute to a woman's love for her children and the land.



Night Comes to the Cumberlands


Author: Harry M. Caudill


Description: At the time it was first published in 1962, it framed such an urgent appeal to the American conscience that it actually prompted the creation of the Appalachian Regional Commission, an agency that has pumped millions of dollars into Appalachia. Caudill's study begins in the violence of the Indian wars and ends in the economic despair of the 1950s and 1960s. Two hundred years ago, the Cumberland Plateau was a land of great promise. Its deep, twisting valleys contained rich bottomlands. The surrounding mountains were teeming with game and covered with valuable timber. The people who came into this land scratched out a living by farming, hunting, and making all the things they need-including whiskey. The quality of life in Appalachia declined during the Civil War and Appalachia remained "in a bad way" for the next century. By the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, Appalachia had become an island of poverty in a national sea of plenty and prosperity. Caudill's book alerted the mainstream world to our problems and their causes. Since then the ARC has provided millions of dollars to strengthen the brick and mortar infrastructure of Appalachia and to help us recover from a century of economic problems that had greatly undermined our quality of life.





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