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The Cumberland's a pretty meaty river, Lou, with its river basin draining more than 18,000 square miles in Kentucky and Tennessee. Its headwaters are in southeastern Kentucky and stretch west to the point where the Cumberland drains into the Ohio River in Smithland, Kentucky. Parks along the river like Cumberland Falls and Lake Cumberland state resort parks both feature developed lodges and cottages, as well as camping. Another branch of the Cumberland, Big South Fork, is popular with whitewater paddlers and hikers. Big South Fork National Recreation Area (where you'll find the popular Needle Arch and other interesting rock formations) doesn't offer any developed lodging, with the exception of the beautiful and rustic Charit Creek Lodge (http://www.charitcreeklodge.com/). Definitely looks worth a look! Another area fed by the Cumberland that's worth checking out is Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. No lodging within the park itself, but there are numerous state parks and surrounding communities that offer lodging (here's a link to get you started: http://www.lbl.org/AreaResourcesGate.html ). Hope this helps. Let us know if you need additional info!
answered this on July 21, 2011 at 02:53 PM
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