Cumberland Falls is located near the city of Corbin in southeastern Kentucky. Also known as “The Niagara of the South,” Cumberland falls is 68 feet tall and 125 feet wide. Around 3,600 cubic feet of water spills over the edge every second, according to the Kentucky Department of Tourism. While it is a majestic site to behold, the falls have a ghost story with a tragic ending attached to them.
The story of the “Ghost Bride” dates back to the 1950s when a young bride and groom came to the state park for their honeymoon. The happy couple ventured out to the falls to take some pictures. The couple found an overlook nearby that would be a perfect spot. The bride lost her balance and fell from the cliff and into the water below. The groom, just having seen his bride fall off a cliff, was heartbroken and jumped off the cliff after her. Neither of them was ever seen again – at least not alive. The spot where the couple allegedly fell is now known as Lovers’ Leap
Visitors claim to have seen the bride standing near the falls and at the nearby Dupont lodge. She has also been seen roaming along the roadside at night. There are also reports of people actually hitting the bride with their vehicle, but when they get out to check…she is nowhere to be found.
Her ghost is also said to appear during the moonbow. A moonbow is like a rainbow, but it occurs at night during a full moon. The moonlight hits the mist of the falls and creates a rainbow at night. The moonbow draws big crowds to the park, and that’s when the bride is said to appear – wearing a long white dress.
If you would like to see the moonbow, and maybe the “Ghost Bride” – your next chance is Sunday, October 9th between 9:00pm and 11:00pm.