Cumberland Falls Number Two Trail is a 6.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Parkers Lake, KY that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This is the Cumberland River Loop trail. The trailhead begins at the cul-de-sac of the park's picnic area. However, park at the visitor's center lot, as this the termination of the 6.3 mile loop. Great hike. Nice river rocks along the banks offer a great place to eat lunch.
Very beautiful trail, would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys hiking.
This trail is more of a moderate plus. There are lots of elevation changes 742 ft to 1381 feet. Lots of up the hill and down the hill. Very rocky and slippery when wet. Hiking poles are a necessity when hiking in wet conditions. You need to be in good shape to do this trail. Do the trail counter clockwise. The first half of the trail is all woods and not much scenery. the second part parallels the river and comes up from down river of the falls. Bring plenty of water!
We stayed at the Ridgeline campground at took the trail from the campground (I think it is 5) down to trail 2. This was an interesting trek through the woods. It was not scenic as others in the area, but connected to the falls viewing area. My kids were looking forward to connecting to more scenic trails.
There were several parts of the trail that appeared washed out. It was a great hike with some cool rock features right along the river. Calling it trail 2 seems a little deceiving. It's a combo of several different trails. I would recommend going early in the morning or early evening in the summer. The heat and humidity can get pretty intense.
Beautiful..... Loved it... Will definitely be back. Went with my son and our lab mix, only regret is that we could not stay long enough to explore more.
Easy wall to see the falls
Well developed, more of a paved walked than much of a trail. At the end there's a gift shop, and a really good ice cream shop (seriously, try the ice cream here). The views are spectacular, though, so I highly recommend this trail. Recently, some Red Bull athletes went over the falls in their kayaks.
Amazing area with lots to climb on
It was real nice and very beautiful. Have a nice gift shop and information center about falls and surrounding areas.
pretty and easy hike. lovely scenery. enjoy the gift shop panning for gold the children's playground and the views.
A great hike with breathtaking scenery. Will hike again.
we basically did it backwards starting at the gift shop and proceeding along using trail #1 for about 2 miles and then turning right on trail #2. then up the hill, past the ranger station and onto hwy 90 for about a 10th of a mile and then back onto the trail over the hill and to the river than following the river back to the picnic area. we saw quite a few people on the trail but few of them were doing the entire trail #2 route. there are several shortcuts that you can take and I would recommend getting a map from the gift shop before you head out, but according to the ranger at the visitor center, the trail #2 loop is a little over 7 miles from the visitor center back to the visitor center again. there is quite a bit of up and down and 1 really big hill this way to up right where #2 cuts off of #1 but it is a really good trailer. we plan to go back soon and combine some of the shorter trails into a long walk.
This is such a beautiful trail and a gorgeous park in general! There is so much stunning scenery and rock formations and waterfalls here that it is honestly breathtaking. I drive over four hours to get here, and even though I only got to spend five hours hiking before I had to drive back home, it was beyond worth it. Plus they have trails for different skill levels. I highly recommend this park!