Kentucky Map

Upper Cumberland River

Contact Info
1700 Bypass Road
Winchester, KY 40391

November to June


KY 204 at Redbird Bridge to KY 90 at Cumberland Falls State Park
The take out for this section of river is 200 yards above Cumberland Falls on the right side of the river. Paddlers failing to take out here may be carried over a 68 foot high waterfall. After passing through the right arch of the bridge take out immediately. Do not attempt this section when the river is high.
Most of this section is rated Class I with Class II rapids at Pitch Rapids and the KY 90 bridge. The put-in is at the Redbird Bridge on private land. It is a 17 mile trip and is usually done in two days. Camping is allowed in the National Forest, 300 feet from the water. There are several areas of private land along this section of river. Campers should make sure that they are on national forest land before making camp. The Cumberland is a designated State Wild River from Summer Shoals downstream to Lake Cumberland. Take out is at Cumberland Falls State Park.


November to June
Additional Details:

HOURS: 24 hrs.
SEASON: Nov.-June
SKILL LEVEL: Advanced Beginners
PUT IN: KY 204 at Redbird Bridge
TAKE OUT: Cumberland Falls


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