Pine Mountain State Resort Park Travel Guide

  • The Little Amphitheater
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Pine Mountain State Resort Park Things to Do

  • Cedar Creek Hollow Trail

    The last trail we took - it's at the south end of the park area, near the Bible school. The parking lot is on the east side - and if you take the trail east, it's a nice, flat quiet half mile along a creek. You're not really up against the water, but you can hear it behind the trees. It dead ends into a private property area - this is an excellent...

  • Lost Trail

    The trailhead for the Lost trail is close to the Lodge. At the start, it was a fine walk, until we passed a couple of large rock overhangs. While not 100% sure, we think there were bears sleeping in there. Rather than finding out for sure, we pressed on. Eventually, the trail comes out to some exposed rocky areas where you climb up to hook up with...

  • Hemlock Garden Trail

    This half mile loop trail starts at a stairway just behind the north end of the lodge. It is one of the easier paths to follow - in that its a little flatter, but it is also in my opinion one of the worst marked. There were at least three times where we said "I think it's this way..." Luckily, we did find the right way to go each time. Lots of cool...

  • Longhunter Trail

    This is the shortest trail in the park, but there is some significant elevation changes. Parking is available in the Upper Shelter Picnic area, the trailhead is across the street. You descend down a short trail and end up near a large rock overhang (Longhunter Cave), and can view a Civilian Conservation Corps bridge that you just drove over. The...

  • Living Stairway Memorial Trail

    From the Trailhead near the lodge, this trail is a half mile loop trail that cuts through the forest. Like most of the other trails in the park, the trail itself is narrow, and has plenty of modest elevation changes. The highlight of this trail is the former living stairway - a huge tree in a ravine that had fallen down and had a stairway carved...

  • Chained Rock and Lookout Point

    In the far northeastern section of the park, there is a small parking lot that marks the trailhead for Chained Rock, probably the most famous destination in the park. From the parking lot, you need to follow a trail about a half mile out. The trail itself has some decent elevation changes to it. At the end, you need a light scramble across a rock...

  • Laurel Cove Amphitheater

    If you enter the park from the north entrance on 25 (the Laurel Cove entrance), you end up coming up to the Lodge from the back. Along the way, there are a number of other sites and trails that are of interest. The first stop is for the Laurel Cove Amphitheater. Obviously, this boasts a larger parking lot, as it is used for concerts, plays and...

  • Honeymoon Falls Trail

    The first trail we decided to tackle was Honeymoon falls. As we left the lodge past the little amphitheater, we saw a sign pointing the way. We slogged up the hill for 10 minutes, cursing the narrow path and the uphill climb, only to pop out onto a road and realize we hadn't even started the actual trail! We had a date with crafts, so after that,...

  • Miniature golf

    On the grounds of the park, they have a very small 9-hole mini golf course. To play, it costs $3 and you rent a club and ball from the front desk at the lodge. This is not going to be an adventure golf sort of place. It's simply designed, using the green astro-turf. It looks like it has seen many, many better days though. I can't imagine you'd ever...


Pine Mountain State Resort Park Restaurants

  • Hit and miss

    When staying at other Lodges throughout the system, one of the highlights has been the dining. It's not been 4-star, but good food for the price and lots of it.I realized after we checked it out the first night that with such a small Lodge, they couldn't afford to do a buffet every evening. Weekday nights, it was a simple menu. We decided to head...

  • Great Southern Home Cooking

    The lodge's dining room offers splendid views. We enjoyed watching the early morning fog lift off the mountains as we relished a hearty breakfast. The dinner buffet was a feast of down home cooking, and only $11.95 for all you can eat. Try the fried chicken - and also the catfish! If you have grits with your breakfast don't forget to season them...

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    Uncrowded Mountains

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Feb 25, 2004

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    Favorite thing: This is a wonderful area for those who want to experience the southern Appalachians without the crowds and tourist traps that surround the more popular Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

    Fondest memory: Taking the hike to the chained rock. This is a quirky and unique feature, an enormous house size boulder with a giant chain attached to keep it from falling off the mountain and onto the town of Pineville below. Where else but in Eastern Kentucky! And the view from the rock is spectacular.

    Stephen on Chained Rock
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