Corbin Kentucky is a small and lovely town near the border of Tennessee. It is situated in the Cumberland Plateau part of Appalachia. This part of southeastern Kentucky is renowned for its awe-inspiring natural beauty, which includes the Cumberland Gap and Lake Cumberland, a variety of rivers and other lakes, miles of mountain and forest trails, and several breathtaking state and national parks. Corbin also features a variety of interesting museums, as well as places to dine and shop, but the primary reason most people visit this city is to enjoy the great outdoors.
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is perhaps the most exciting of all the attractions near Corbin Kentucky. It is located less than twenty miles to the southwest and most notably features one of the world’s only regularly occurring moonbows. This happens when a full moon reflects off of the mist of what is known as the “Niagara of the South” on a clear night. And Cumberland Falls is just one of the natural attractions in the state park. There are some seventeen miles of pristine hiking trails where you can traverse some of the most beautiful terrain in the state. Campers will find everything they need here, including a campground with over 50 campsites with all necessary utilities (water, electricity, etc.) The park also features a visitor center and a nice restaurant. A few of the activities include hiking, horseback riding, and white water rafting on the surging Cumberland River.
Daniel Boone National Forest is another highly regarded destination in Corbin. It is located less than ten miles from the center of town and also provides a veritable paradise for lovers of the outdoors. This national forest is a source of pride for natives in that it is the only national forest contained completely within the state boundaries of Kentucky. Guests will enjoy unrivaled access to Laurel River Lake, Buckhorn Lake, Cave Run Lake, and breathtaking hiking trails such as Sheltowee Trace Trail.
There are also several interesting cultural attractions in the city of Corbin Kentucky. One of the most distinctive is the Harland Sanders Museum and Café. Most people know Harland more affectionately by his nickname Colonel Sanders. This museum, originally built as a café, was built in 1937, and now has a position on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located at 688 U.S. Highway 25 West. The Corbin Railroad Museum is also well worth a visit. It is housed inside an old train depot building and now houses a range of interesting items and artifacts related to the railroad industry.
You may want to book your Corbin Kentucky hotels early if you are planning a visit during the middle of August. This is when the most popular annual even in Corbin, the NIBROC Festival takes place. The name of the festival is simply Corbin spelled backwards. It takes place in the center of town on Main Street and features three days of entertainment, rides, games, and vendors. It is an event that is highly anticipated by people all over southeastern Kentucky. Other notable annual festivals and events include Moonbow Nights (which is held in the spring, summer, and fall) and the Cumberland Valley Cruise-In.