We’re chasing winter waterfalls and a magical moonbow in our December newsletter. Have you ever heard of or seen a moonbow? A moonbow is a rainbow produced by moonlight from the mist of a waterfall rather than sunlight. Moonbows are fainter than solar rainbows due to the smaller amount of light reflected from the surface of the moon but are spectacular nonetheless. This rare phenomenon occurs in just a handful of places on earth, one being at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, located in the Daniel Boone National Forest in Southeast Kentucky, just a 3-hour drive north of Chattanooga. The park’s greatest attraction is Cumberland Falls — known as the “Niagara of the South” — the waterfall forms a 125-foot-wide water curtain that plunges 7 stories into a boulder-strewn gorge. The waterfall is dramatic day or night but is best known for its magical moonbow, which can only be seen on a clear night under the light of a full moon. Since this phenomenon appears nowhere else in the Western Hemisphere and is so close to Chattanooga, we couldn’t resist highlighting it as a local adventure to try this month or any time of year! According to the park’s moonbow viewing calendar, the next viewing opportunity is December 19-25, 2018. Read all about it and more in our December 2018 newsletter.


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