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for the Halloween Murder Mystery Weekend. In 2019, the event will be Oct. 25-26. Both nights feature different shows and the weekend package includes lodging, dinner, breakfast and the mystery shows. STORYTELLING FESTIVAL Cumberland Falls State Resort Park also is home to the Cumberland Falls Storytelling Festival which is a weekend of storytelling held in March. Stephen Hollen, professional storyteller and organizer of the event, said the festival and the art of storytelling "isn't just for kids." "It's entertainment — it's not reading books, it's telling historical stuff, funny stuff," said Hollen. "People don't realize that storytelling isn't 'once upon a time there were three bears.' It's about your life experience, it's about the way things used to be, it's about old time stories and stories that just happened — just about a lot of things." OTHER EVENTS Special events are held throughout the year to educate guests at Cumberland Falls about a variety of topics surrounding nature, outdoor activities and more. Cumberland Falls State Resort Park also hosts a number of campouts throughout the year, trail hikes and more. Visit parks. for more information. RECREATION Gem Mining Cumberland Falls Mining Company is located at the Falls just past the Gift Shop. Begin your discoveries of real, colorful gem- stones and fossils at the gemstone flume. Just place a scoop of rough material on the screen, then rinse with clean water. The gem stones, when wet, will reveal colors and crystal shapes. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., dependent on weather. Birding Several species of birds can be viewed from our Riverview Restaurant and back patio of the Dupont Lodge. Some of the most common visitors are Carolina Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Chipping Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, American Goldfinch, Downy Woodpecker, and Red Bellied Woodpecker. Camping Enjoy the great outdoors in the camp- ground, featuring 50 campsites with electric and water hookups. The campground has a central service building with showers and restrooms, a grocery, and a dump station. Pets are allowed if restrained. Closed for season from November 15 to March 14. Fishing Enjoy fishing in the Cumberland River, where there is an abundance of bass, cat- fish, panfish, and roughfish. A Kentucky Fishing License is required. Purchase a license online at Kentucky 2019 MOONBOW DATES No fee, no reservation required MARCH — 18-22; APRIL — 17-21; MAY — 16-20; JUNE — 15-19; JULY — 14-18; AUGUST — 13-17; SEPTEMBER — 12-16; OCTOBER — 11-15; NOVEMBER — 10-14; DECEMBER — 10-14 Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Gift Shop Visit the gift shop, which features a large selection of Kentucky handcrafts. Snack shop is open April 1 - October 31. Gift Shop and Visitor’s Center open year-round. Hiking Cumberland Falls is a hiker’s paradise with 17 miles of hiking trails that wind through the park to scenic areas. The Moonbow Trail connects with many backpacking trails in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Pets are not permitted within the McCreary County side of Cumberland Falls State Resort Park Continued on 17 >>> It’s Our Business to Protect Yours ® Business Insurance Life | Disability Derick Smith 606-219-5367 Federated Mutual Insurance Company and its subsidiaries* National Headquarters: Owatonna, MN | 507.455.5200 | 17.00 Ed. 1/17 *Not licensed in all states. © 2017 Federated Mutual Insurance Company Page 16 — The Times-Tribune • Community Guide 2019