Nestled between the Cumberland River and the Daniel Boone National Forest, Williamsburg is a town rich in cultural heritage and modern amenities that offers a little something for every taste and season. Home to 5,200 proud residents, this "Gateway to the Cumberlands" offers a land of contrasts from natural wonders, such as Cumberland Falls, to a multi-million dollar waterpark and a nearly 19 million dollar justice center in the heart of downtown. While embracing change, Williamsburg is a city committed to keeping its small town values and roots that both young and old can enjoy any time of the year. Spring is the perfect time watching flowers bloom and nature awaken with a trip down to nearby Cumberland Falls State Park.
Cumberland Falls State Park is located in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Known as the "Niagara of the South", the waterfall forms a 125-foot wide curtain that plunges 60 feet into a boulder-strewn gorge below. The mist of Cumberland Falls creates the magic of the moonbow,only visible on a clear night during a full moon.. This unique phenomenon appears nowhere else in the Western Hemisphere. A visit to Williamsburg would not be complete without a trip to Cumberland Falls State Resort Park.
The summer season officially starts in Williamsburg with the opening of the Hal Rogers Family Entertainment Center, which is located just minutes from I-75's Exit 11.The 6.5 million dollar facility sports something for the whole family. It is a land of twisting, winding waterslides and three foot waves where kids can pretend they are Indiana Jones on their own crusade. It is a place where people can imagine that they are Tiger Woods on a smaller scale putting red and blue golf balls across greens and past water hazards on the Kentucky Falls 18-Hole Championship Miniature Golf Course. You can stare down a fast ball from the pitching machine, pound it and dream that you have gotten a hit off Roger Clemens at Yankee Stadium at the five-station Strike Three Batting Cage. It allows patrons to take a swing at baseballs or softballs at speeds ranging from 30 to 70 miles per hour. You can circle the track at thunder Road, the 800-foot go-cart track that features Pacer Miniature Indy Cars as well as a smaller Kiddy Track. The main attraction is the Kentucky Splash Water Park, which features the 18,000-square foot Wipe-Out Wave Pool and its three-foot high waves. For the more daring, there is the triple Slide Complex, which is a 40-foot tall structure featuring the Aqua Whiz Body Slide, Blue Twister Slide and the Crazy Cruz Slide. Those wanting a more leisurely visit can enjoy the Castaway River, a 900-foot long, 16-foot wide lazy river. For the younger crowd, there is Tad Pole Island, which contains a 6,000-square-foot kiddy activity pool with a Caribbean Playhouse. For the video game junkie of the crowd, there is the 6,000 square foot Hidden Treasures Arcade that offers traditional video games along with the like of air hockey and skee ball. Of course, no visit to the park would be complete without stopping by the Rainbow Cafe for a bite to eat and the Lily Pad Gift Shop for a souvenir.
During the summer months, you can come out to Bill Woods Park on most Friday nights and enjoy free block parties/street dances sponsored by the town's nationally accredited Main Street Program. Live bands and singers take to the stage to crank out hits from yester year and today. July also brings the annual Whitley County Fair, which is held just outside of town, complete with mule pull, horse show, donkey race and a slew of other events for the young and old. August brings with it a return to school as students make their way back from summer vacation to the University of the Cumberlands, which was formerly Cumberland College.
In September comes the 28th Old Fashioned Trading Days downtown Williamsburg with three days of Blue Grass and Gospel Music, crafts, games and lots of food. An annual event that has received several awards such as Top 10 Events in Southeast United States.