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Williamsburg is a city in and the county seat of Whitley County, Kentucky, United States. The city was founded in 1818 and named after William Whitley. The Cumberland River flows through the city.

The University of the Cumberlands with an enrollment of approximately 2,000 students has been one of the center pieces of

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the town since it's founding in January 7th 1889. The UC campus nestled atop four hills in the center of the community spans approximately 70 acres including 34 buildings and two sports field complexes.

 

Williamsburg is also the home to the Kentucky Splash water park (located within the Hal Rogers Family Entertainment Center).  The $5 Million facility also houses a go-cart course,aminiature golf course, and a five station batting cage. The park opened on Memorial Day Weekend 2001 and is the largest Family Entertainment Center in Kentucky with a capacity of up to 3,000 guests.




Williamsburg is located 18 miles away Cumberland Falls State Resort Park within the Daniel Boone National Forest. The park is the home of Cumberland Falls, sometimes called the Little Niagra, the Niagra of the South or the Great Falls and is the only venue in the Western Hemisphere where a moonbow or lunar rainbow is regularly visible on a clear night with a full moon. On average the falls, which flow over a resistant sandstone bed, are 68 feet (21 m) high and 125 feet (38 m) wide, with an average water flow of 3,600 cubic feet per second (100 m/s). Trails winding down stream from the park on either side of the river lead to the smaller Angel Falls and Dog Slaughter Falls. Angel Falls is located 1.5 miles from the park on the McCreary County side and Dog Slaughter Falls is located 3.5 miles from the park on the Whitley County side. The Below the Falls section of the river includes a five mile long class 2-3 run that is ideal for families and beginner stage white water rafters and kayakers.

Williamsburg is located 20 minutes away from the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River, a major tributary of the Cumberland River system and a class 3-4 whitewater canoeing and kayaking stream. The Big South Fork is also home to Yahoo Falls which stand 113 feet (34.8 metres), making it arguably the tallest in Kentucky. A similar waterfall in the Red River Gorge is said to exceed Yahoo Falls in height by a few inches. Further along, the trail leads to the Yahoo Arch.

History
Williamsburg was first known as the Spring Ford after a nearby ford crossing the Cumberland River. The city was officially formed when Samuel Cox donated the land for the courthouse in 1818. The town's initial growth was fueled by three fresh water springs in the area and later by coal and lumber industries. At it's peak the city of Williamsburg boasted more millionaires per capita than any other city in the nation.
 

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