Cumberland Falls Number Two Trail

MODERATE 41 reviews

Cumberland Falls Number Two Trail is a 6.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Parkers Lake, Kentucky 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.

6.7 miles
1794 feet

dogs on leash



nature trips






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.

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7 days ago

This was a pretty hike. A lot of up and down parts where your knees can bother you for days after the fact but a beautiful hike.

1 month ago

Best advice for any of these trails I can give is to buy a trail map at the gift shop (they are only $1.00). This is a Difficult trail; these trails are not for those with limited mobility or poor physical health. You start on the moonbow trail (trail 1) next to Cumberland Falls and follow the river.From where trail 2 starts, which you pass the first time to get to dog slaughter falls, its pretty rough terrain, but worth the trip. There were times I had to take my rucksack off and crawl over some boulders or drop my rucksack down a sharp drop, especially right before getting to Dog Slaughter falls. Once there, you can swim beneath the falls and there is a fire pit there you camp down at. Going up trail 2 is steep and from there, you can decide which path you want to take to get back to Cumberland Falls. For this trail, you take the path the sign directs you too, getting on trail 11 (then 7 then 12 which leads back to your starting point).

1 month ago

2 months ago

Always beautiful

3 months ago

This trail was very pretty. A couple small waterfalls that you're able to see from the trail. One you actually go behind it and can put your head in to cool off if you want. We actually camped off the trail for 2 nights and during our trip went to dog slaughter falls and we absolutely loved that. Definitely a must (dog slaughter falls) if you're in the area.

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8 months ago

We have done a lot of the trails around Cumberland Falls, this particular route is a little confusing. It switches trail numbers a lot. It is beautiful and enjoyed going up to the fire tower, hadn't been there in many years. We didn't go to Dog Slaughter because the lack of rain means Dog Slaughter Falls wouldn't have had any water falling. Cumberland Falls is always beautiful and one of my all time favorite spots.

8 months ago

8 months ago

biggest water fall I've ever seen. breathtaking! trail can be slick so wear good boots

9 months ago

Very nice trail to some beautiful falls. Have been there a few times. Have never seen the moon bow.

10 months ago

Incredible waterfall!!

11 months ago

Very beautiful trail, would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys hiking.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

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!

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Friday, July 08, 2016

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.

Monday, July 04, 2016

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.

Sunday, July 03, 2016