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As summer moves into its hottest months—assuming it ever stops raining and becomes something like summer—you’ll need a place to cool down. When crowded pools and long lines for roller coasters start to lose their appeal, head out of town for an all-natural adrenaline rush. Just more than two and a half hours south into Kentucky, the Daniel Boone National Forest is home to the Cumberland Falls—a state park replete with hiking, fishing, camping, and white water rafting through Sheltowee Trace Outfitters.
Only full-day rafting trips are available during the summer months, but the family-friendly, beginner-level trip on the Cumberland Below the Falls route includes lunch. Alternatively, families can take a smooth raft ride to the base of Cumberland Falls to see the rainbow-tinted mist. Those looking for a bit more excitement can try the intermediate Big South Fork Gorge or Russell Fork Fun Run routes. Traditional whitewater rafts are available for groups, and couples looking for a non-guided, rougher run can try a “ducky,” a boat that’s in between a raft and a kayak which only holds two people. For a more go-at-your-own-pace trip, Sheltowee also rents canoes and kayaks with half and full-day routes available.
If you’re ready for some land activity, drenched white water rafters can air dry on the 650-foot zip line before tackle the 20-foot climbing wall. Finish the day with a two-and-a-half-hour riverboat dinner cruise that features a full buffet of roast beef, salad, potatoes and dessert. It’s not a long drive back to Cincinnati, but if all the activity has taken it out of you, there are cabins for rent in the wooded park.
Sheltowee Trace Outfitters, 2001 Hwy 90, Corbin, Kentucky.