At a roadway rest area in Kentucky we pick-up a brochure and two hours later we are standing before the Cumberland Falls – also known as the “Little Niagara.” The falls, 125 feet (38m) wide and 68 feet (21m) high, plummet downward at 3,600 cubic feet per second in a thunderous white plume.
On a full moon night, an elusive lunar rainbow called a Moonbow can be seen in the falls – an event we will miss in the direct light of day.
Next – the Great Smokey Mountains, a subrange of the Appalachian Mountains – the most visited National Park in the U.S. The endless succession of mountains look blue in the overcast sky. Beech, birch maple, hobble-bush and pin cherry carpet the hilly terrain that lies between North Carolina and Tennessee.
And – if you’d like to walk the trail from this point to Maine – well read the sign-post – you’d better have good hiking shoes!