6722
Kentucky

Cumberland Falls and Traditions, Legends and Music of Appalachia

Based out of a hemlock beam lodge in Daniel Boone National Forest, explore Cumberland Falls and the surrounding region. Plus, learn about Appalachian culture through music and lectures.
Rating (4.91)
Program No. 6722RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
649
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4.91 Average
Pennie
(5)

This was the most interesting and fun event I have attended. Speakers were funny and very knowledgeable, such a great experience. The lodge was old but well kept and very clean. Food was very good. Loved all the outdoor activities. It was geared to each person’s level. I would loved to do more like this one.

Patricia
(5)

I thoroughly enjoyed this program. Every session either in classroom or in the field were both diverse in subject and education value while being entertaining. You could make the outside activity level as strenuous or easy going as you wanted.

Frances
(5)

it was not easy to communicate with the fromt desk about Road Scholar issues over the phone in advance.

James
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

enjoyed the beauty of the area, the wonderful group of people, and the great leadership.

James
(5)

Each Road Scholar Program in which I have participated has been unique. I have left each program with positive feelings

Carol
(5)

Expect a slower pace of life. Be surprised by the beauty of the area and the lodge. Enjoy down home cooking and plenty of it. If you're interested in learning about coal mining, reclamation, Appalachian stories, feuds and culture this is the place to go.

Colleen
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

My sister and I went on this trip this winter and it was really great. The facilities were rustic but clean and comfortable. The guides were very knowledgeable, approachable and organized. The outings were interesting and sort of choose your own level of difficulty which worked for our group, all levels of abilities were accommodated. The presentations by local experts were diverse, informative and fun. Loved the music! Food was provided by the lodge, full buffet offered with some local specialties.

Melinda
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

Lodge needs repair but overall good program

Nancy
(5)

We loved every minute of the Cumberland Falls Road Scholar trip. The leader was outstanding as was the program content. The field trip to coal mines and natural bridge was very interesting as were the hikes on the property and to the fire tower. I recommend this trip to learn about the Southeastern Kentucky life from the 1700's and through today.

Ann Marie
(4)

This program was extremely informative and enjoyable. I can't say enough about the accommodations, the food, but especially the presenters. Worth the drive.

Carol
(5)

A perfect program to explore an area of the US not usually on a bucket list. The Corbin/DuPont Lodge/State Park are absolutely beautiful. It was quiet and refreshing, a perfect area to renew one's self. The area has so much history that we don't know about. But even more, the program showed the resiliency of the people to adapt. Every local person we met was friendly, hospitable and welcoming. A program to attend!

Paul
(5)

This program informs you about the past and how that past give us why thing are the way are today,

Vickie
(5)

I highly recommend this Cumberland Falls program--something in it for everyone and it will change your view/understanding about Kentucky. Beautiful surroundings and the presenters are just phenomenal.

Sandra
(5)

I enjoyed this program. It is far back in the woods and takes some time to get to the lodge and to go anywhere on free time. Brian our leader was excellent. The presentations were very informative and entertaining.

Dorothy
(5)

Great program for those who enjoy good food, hiking, and learning about Appalachia.

John
(5)

This program expands vision, mind and heart. Our group was large, but that was an asset, not a problem. There were many different people to share with.

Jennifer
(5)

This is a fantastic trip! So much so that this was our SECOND time doing it (did it four years ago, also). Nice variety of hikes (your choice depending on your preferred activity level), speakers, Appalachian music, field trips, coal mines, raptor program, story-tellers.....interesting programs daytimes and also evenings. Good value for the money. Lodge is cozy and attractive. Beautiful mountain scenery. Leaders are friendly, professional, knowledgeable, helpful......Program couldn't be better!

Susan
(5)

Wonderful adventure in a beautiful state park setting! This is a must-do trip for anyone.

Elizabeth
(5)

I give this program 5 stars. The Presenters were excellent and the 49 Participants were delightful. The Participants were solo travelers, married couples, friends, neighbors, and mostly from the East Coast and Midwest - we were the only Participants from California. The itinerary was relaxed because we started at 9:00am, but filling because we had presentations, outings, or walks scheduled morning, afternoon, and after dinner every day. This was my 15th RS vacation and I was so happy that I have finally visited Kentucky's beautiful Appalachian mountains. There were 5 Vegetarians out of the 49 of us, and we had difficulty locating something in the breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets that did not have pork added to it - they even add bacon to their green beans and pinto beans! The kitchen staff was very accommodating to the Vegetarians and if you ask them they will prepare a PBJ sandwich on the day we went to the coal mines and had a packed lunch. My husband is not a Vegetarian so he thought the full buffets were spectacular and the food quality was good. The Dupont Lodge rooms were comfy and each had a coffee maker, TV, and private bathroom. We both highly recommend this trip.

David
(5)

I was surprised at how good the program was. We will deffinately be doing more.

Eugene
(5)

Very informative and educational program in a great location at an affordable price.

Kathy
(4)

The river view from the beautiful CCC-constructed park lodge is worth the drive through the mountain roads, and the brief geology talk helped us appreciate the waterfall below. Program highlights include an excellent actor who portrays an early timber-owner; a local raptor center's informative bird show; and a day-long visit to a former coal town and mines. Who knew that miners spent 12-hour days on their knees? The most informative talk dealt with current mountaintop-removal operations and subsequent restorations; sadly, it was the last morning and about one-third of the group missed this analysis of economic and environmental impacts. A highlight among the outdoor activities was a climb to a restored fire tower with its 360degree view showed that Kentucky air in that area is as clear as Rocky Mountain air. It's a relaxing week, filled with good information and entertainment.

Lucy
(5)

The Beauty of the Cumberland Falls is a wonderful trip! It was my first Road Scholar program, and I am hooked. I learned about the geography, geology, history, music, and folklore of the area. We traveled to two coal mining sites and walked into a former coal mine. I feel a much deeper understanding of this magnificent area. I can't wait for my next adventure!

Tom
(5)

This is a very refined program about a region of the country that very few appreciate. The people who present their perspectives are exceptional and very enjoyable. You should take advantage of this opportunity to expand your perspective.






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