We are trying to expand the activities we have available during the off season! We have purchased four reusable escape room kits for our guests to check out and enjoy together if you're looking for something fun to do! Below are the descriptions and age ranges for each of the escape room games:
Wooka Booka Island (5-8 years old)
A mysterious door appeared in your room out of nowhere! As you walk through it, suddenly you find yourself on the wondrous island of Wooka Booka. There are four animal kingdoms and only one treasure chest. You have a chance to find this long-lost treasure, but first you need to pass the challenges of every kingdom. 45-60 minutes of fun. 2-5 players.
Professor Swen’s Lab (9-13 years old)
Professor Swen Hemerson has devastating plans for the city of South Lake Tahoe and someone must stop him before it’s too late! Now is the chance to figure out how to find his secret lab and shut down his evil machine. 45-60 minutes of fun. 2-5 players.
Houdini’s Secret Room (9-13 years old)
The 150-year-old house that belonged to the most famous illusionist Houdini is now a museum. You decide to go there and learn some of his greatest tricks and illusions. Your curiosity leads you to a secret room. As you enter, the door slams shut leaving you locked inside while the walls start closing in slowly. You must solve the challenges to get the right key so that you can escape.
45-60 minutes of fun. 2-5 players.
The Gilded Carcanet (13+ years old)
An ancient treasure has been said to be buried on a small island outside the coast of Turkey. Little is known about it and its existence has been heavily debated in the archeology community. Professor in archeology, Bartholomew Wilson, has always dismissed the idea as a myth. Until now. Armed with a mysterious letter and a cheap souvenir from his old friend, He and Oscar set out on an epic adventure. Piece together the answers to the many mysteries of the Aegean Sea. 90-120 minutes of fun. 1-4 players.
These games are a perfect mix of board game and escape room, that can be played anywhere and everywhere! Work cooperatively to solve the puzzles and accomplish tasks. Can be played with or without a time limit.
Pick up at the reservationist building.
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It's the third annual Colonel Sanders Half Marathon and 10K Race! Now you can not only Eat Where it All Began, you can run here too!
Corbin Tourism and Convention Commission and Corbin Parks and Recreation present the Colonel Sanders Half Marathon and 10K Race! This year we have also added a 1.1 kids race which will be the completion of a half marathon! Kids can run 12 miles throughout the year and the complete the last leg with us and get a t-shirt and medal! Explore the city of Corbin on foot and pay tribute to Corbin's most famous citizen, Colonel Harland Sanders!
The race will start and end on Depot Street in downtown Corbin. Route will encompass downtown, part of Master Street and 4th and 5th Streets. There is a 3 and a half hour time limit on the half marathon **Please note that this time limit is a hard cut off- the course will be closed during the race, however after 3.5 hours we will open the course to resume traffic**
Pre-race packet pick up will be at the newly renovated Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum located at 688 Hwy 25 West, Corbin, KY 40701 Friday November 11th from 4pm-8pm. Race day packet pick up will be at the starting line on Depot Street from 6:45am-7:45am. There will be no day of registration.
All participants will receive a special commemorative medal, swag and a 1/4 sleeve baseball style shirt. Please note that you must register by October 21, 2022 in order to be guaranteed a shirt.
Half Marathon goody bags will be stuffed with all kinds of cool swag and will contain a coupon for a free beer at one of our locally owned downtown restaurants. 10K participants will get lots of great goodies too!
10K Race route will be flat and fast:
10K Race Route:
Starting line is at corner of 3rd and Depot Streets, From Depot Street take a Right on 4th Street, Right on 5th Street, Right at Woodland Acres, Left at stop sign, Left back onto 5th street to KY Street, Right on KY Street to 19th Street, Right onto 19th Street, Left on Snyder, Right on Adkins, Left at Roosevelt Street, Left on 20th Street to Early Street, Right on Early Street, Left on 21st, Right on S KY, Left onto 23rd Street, Left onto S Main Street, Right at 7th Street onto Depot Street and finish behind Sanders Park
Half Marathon Race route:
Start on Depot Street, Right onto Roy Kidd Ave, Right onto South Laurel Ave, Right onto East Barbourville St, Right onto North Wilson Ave, Left onto Hamlin Ave, Right onto Roy Kidd Ave, Right onto Barbourville Rd, Left onto South Commonwealth Ave, Left onto KY 1629, Left onto Park Hill Road, Right onto Park Hill Rd, continue on Carter then Engineer Streets, continue through Engineer Street Bridge and Creek Walk, Right onto East Barbourville St, Right onto South Laurel Ave, Left onto Roy Kidd Ave, Left onto Lynn St, Right onto East 4th St, Continue onto West 5th Street Rd, Right onto Woodland Acres, Left onto West 5th St, Right onto South KY Ave, Continue onto Main St, Right onto West 19th St, Left onto Snyder St, Right onto W Adkins St, Left onto Roosevelt St, Continue onto West 20th St, Right onto Early St, Left onto 21st St, Right onto S KY Ave, Continue on W 23rd St, Right onto Main St, Right onto East 7th St, Continue on Depot Street.....finish line is on Depot Street.
Travel back to the 1980s where big hair, tight clothes, and true crime were all the rage. Join us for a train ride through the woods to Camp Barthell for dinner and a classical tale of "who done it?"
Tickets are now available! Act fast because one of the rides on June 18th is already SOLD OUT!
Looking for something to do during your stay with us? Check out the following calendar of events that Corbin Tourism has put together!
One thing this area has in abundance is natural beauty. From grand sweeping vistas to lovely creekside ferns, any hike you take will be a treat to the senses. You can spend your morning climbing over and under arches and large boulders as the golden morning sun shines through the trees and then spend your afternoon splashing in a swimming hole beneath a waterfall. It is hard to narrow it down to our favorite area trails, so we picked the ones we love the most that are closest to the resort.
Eagle Falls Trail- This trail is inside Cumberland Falls State Park. This trail, while the same distance as the shorter trail to Dog Slaughter Falls, is a bit more rugged. This trail not only takes you out to Eagles Falls, but also gives you an amazing view of Cumberland Falls from the other side of the river. Once you get to the falls, there is an fabulous swimming hole beneath the falls, and some boulders to climb on.
Don’t want to hike that far? Another way to get to Eagle Falls is to take our Rainbow Mist SUP trip. After you paddle to Cumberland Falls you head downstream a bit to visit Eagle Falls.
Bark Camp Creek Trail- This trail is 5 miles out and back. In an area full of beautiful hikes, this one still manages to stand out. The entire trail, from beginning to end is spectacular. The trail doesn’t lead to a big waterfall or arch, like the others on the list, but the whole trail, and the cascades at the end make it one of our favorite trails on this list.
Dog Slaughter Falls Trail- A horrible name for a beautiful hike. There are a couple of different trail heads depending on how far you want to hike. The second trail head is just 3 miles out and back to get to the falls. A nice distance when you want to squeeze something in, or would rather spend more time playing than hiking. Once you get there you can stop, picnic and play in the water before heading back to your car.
Pinnacle Knob Fire Tower- When open, the Pinnacle Knob Fire Tower provides an amazing view of the surrounding areas. While the tower isn’t always open the trail can be hiked anytime. The park should be able to tell you when the tower will be open. The park sometimes offers guided hikes out to the fire tower, if they are hosting one while you are in town it is definitely worth checking out.
Natural Arch- An amazing 50 X 90 ft arch. On the trail you pass two gorgeous scenic overlooks and then take some stairs up to the bottom of the arch. A truly impressive site and a family friendly hike, make this trail hard to beat. You do need a parking pass for the scenic area, you can either pay the fee there, or we sell one day parking passes in our main office.
Schoolhouse Arch- This arch isn’t very far off the road, once used as a classroom it would make a great place to have an afternoon picnic in the woods. At only 7 feet high (but still an impressive 80 ft wide) this arch lacks the scale of Natural Arch, but gives you a smaller more intimate experience. If you take Forest Service Roads 193 to 88 and then head west on 88 for 1.3 miles. The arch is 150 yards down a dirt road on the left.
If you have any questions about these hikes, other hikes on the area, or the kind of lodging and trips we offer you can send up an email using the contact form below, or give us a call at 606-526-7238 / 1-800-541-7238
1) You get paid to be outside and get in shape.
"Pain is just weakness leaving the body". We won't pretend that you won't be sore the first week or so of training, but what a great way to stay in shape all summer!
2) You look forward to going to work.
OK, maybe not *every* day, but there aren't many jobs that pay you to have this much fun!
3) Your friends will want you to take them to work with you.
One of the benefits of working here is that you can take 1 person (at a time) down the river for free!
4) You get to wear swimsuits and shorts to work.
I mean, if you *want* to wear a tie down the river, I guess you could.
5) The smell of suntan lotion, hot days, river funk and sweat.
Although sometimes (often?) guides are better seen and not smelt.
6) You love work so much that you don’t want to leave at the end of your work day.
"Has anyone seen _____? His Mom is on the phone".
"Go check in the back. I think he is still here."
7) You love work so much, you hang out in your off time.
OK guys - you can take your PFDs off now. Your next trip isn't until tomorrow.
8) You can make a difference in your customers’ lives.
Seriously. As I was going through pictures for this blog, I came across a picture that a guide had been tagged in by a customer on the trip. In the comments was 'We were best friends with her by the beginning of the rafting trip'.
9) Evening campfires and best friends.
I don't think there is a better way to spend the summer.
10) Best tan lines ever!
It's all good.
Cumberland Falls is Kentucky's best-known waterfall, and for good reason. At 65 foot high and 125 feet across, it is well worth the visit. Plus, there is the world famous moonbow every month (weather permitting) as a bonus. But, did you know that there are plenty of other (smaller) waterfalls in this area?
1) Eagle Falls
This 44 foot waterfall is located inside Cumberland Falls State Resort. It is accessible via a 1.5 mile moderately strenuous hike on the Eagle Falls trail, located on river left at the falls area. An added bonus is great views of Cumberland Falls as you hike the trail. You can also see this waterfall as you float down the river on the Cumberland Below the Falls whitewater rafting trip through Sheltowee Trace Adventure Resort.
2) Dogslaughter Falls
A beautiful 15 foot waterfall with a terrible name, Dogslaughter Falls is accessible off of FS Road 195, about 5 miles from Cumberland Falls, and .5 miles from Sheltowee Trace Adventure Resort. Two trailheads along the FS Road let you choose a shorter (1+ miles) or longer (3+ miles) hike to the Falls. The trail meanders along Dogslaughter creek, and is rated moderate.
3) Star Falls
This little known, mostly hidden gem of a waterfall is along the Sheltowee Trace trail on the lower section of the Cumberland River. It is a seasonal waterfall, and is most easily accessible by continuing along the Dogslaughter trail to the Cumberland River and turning right along the Sheltowee Trace. Star Creek shelter, located where you turn up Star creek to get to the waterfall, is a nice place for a picnic or overnight stay.
4) Triple Falls
Another seasonal waterfall, this hike gives you 3 waterfalls, one right after the other. Most of the ½ mile hike is an easy wide trail, with some steeper stuff right at the end. Continue along the single-track trail to follow Falls Creek, which has several more unnamed waterfalls and cascades as well, for a 1.5 mile loop. The trailhead is behind the main building at Sheltowee Trace Adventure Resort.
5) Bark Camp Cascades
Not technically a waterfall, Bark Camp Cascades is still worth a mention here for its long cascades. Bark Camp trail follows along the creek for 2.6 miles, past numerous rock shelters, cliffs and cascades, finally reaching the Cumberland River several miles downstream of Star Falls. A loop, of sorts, can be made connecting Dogslaughter Falls, Star Falls and the Bark Camp cascades, for a long day of hiking or an overnight trip. The trailhead is accessible off of FS Road 193, part of a network of Forest Service Roads that includes trailheads for Dogslaughter Falls and Schoolhouse Arch.
6) Amos Falls
This is the only waterfall on the list that doesn’t have an actual trail leading to it, so be prepared with a compass (your GPS may or may not be able to get a signal) and be ready to do some bushwacking. It is accessible off of a dirt road past Sheltowee Trace Adventure Resort, in the Daniel Boone National Forest.
7) Yahoo Falls
Long claimed as the highest waterfall in the state of KY, this 113 foot high waterfall is well worth the 1 mile hike from the parking lot. The creek that forms it is somewhat seasonal, so the best time to visit is in the Spring or after a good rain. The waterfall is located off of Hwy 700 in McCreary County. It is in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.
8) Princess Falls
Also located in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in McCreary County, Princess Falls is a short but wide waterfall along Lick Creek. It is about a mile hike from the Yamacraw Day Use area along the Big South Fork river. The waterfall is easily accessible from canoes or kayaks on the Yamacraw to Alum Ford section of the Big South Fork.
9) Lick Creek Falls
The 2nd waterfall along Lick Creek, this 50 foot high waterfall is off a side trail from the main trail. It is about 2.25 miles from the Yamacraw Day Use area along the Big South Fork River, or accessible from the river itself. Along with Princess Falls, it makes a nice 2-for-1 hike.
It has been 6 years since the Cumberland Star riverboat was able to run its route from the Mouth of the Laurel up the river to just below Last Drop rapid. It is easy for me to keep track, because my son Daniel was born at just about the same time that the Corp of Engineers unexpectedly announced that they were dropping Lake Cumberland to do repairs on Wolf Creek Dam. Daniel's first hiking trip was as a newborn when my husband and I hiked upstream along the river to see what the river looked like without the lake covering it.
We scrambled that winter and most of the next season to find a way. An easy way to bring whitewater rafters on the Cumberland Below the Falls rafting trip down the 5 miles of lake at the end of the Class III rapids. It was a drought year. The economy tanked. We struggled. The Cumberland Star moved lower down on the lake to be docked in deeper water. We eventually worked something out. It wasn't easy or perfect, but it worked.
Now, 6 long years later, the Corps of Engineers announced in January that they would be bringing the lake back up. Not all the way. But enough. It was unexpected; the Corp had been saying the lake would come up the summer of 2014. And so now we scramble yet again. But this time, we are scrambling to put in dock facilities. To get the Cumberland Star ready for passengers again. To get the word out that the riverboat is running again. This is a *good* scramble.
So, starting in May, 2013, the Cumberland Star will once again be plying the headwaters of Lake Cumberland. It will accept passengers for Lunch Cruises. It will pick up tired, wet, but happy rafters at the end of the Cumberland Below the Falls run. It will serve food on its canoe shaped buffet table. Passengers will relax and enjoy the shoreline scenery while basking in the sun on the upper deck or relaxing in the shade on the lower deck. Captain Rick will once again be in his element. And my son Daniel will get to do his first-ever whitewater rafting trip with the lake up and the Cumberland Star running.