Kingdom Come State Park, Cumberland

#27 of 62 in Nature in Kentucky
Kingdom Come State Park is a part of Kentucky's state park system in Harlan County located atop Pine Mountain near the city of Cumberland. It was named after the 1903 best-selling novel The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come by native Kentuckian John Fox, Jr. Features of the park include Raven Rock, Log Rock, and a 3.5acre mountain lake.Park featuresNatural formationsRaven Rock is a naturally bare, large rock face composed mostly of limestone, leaning at a 45° angle over in the air. Nearby is the Cave Amphitheater. In the back of the Cave Amphitheater are deep crevices that house thousands of bats. Also within the park is a natural sandstone bridge called "Log Rock," which greatly resembles a petrified tree which has fallen over. Unfortunately, the Log Rock has been severely vandalized over the years, and the underside is now covered with people's names that they have spray-painted or scratched onto the stone. There are also numerous overlooks to the valleys below. The most popular of these is the Creech Overlook, which provides a stunning view.WildlifeBlack bears inhabit Kingdom Come State Park and adjoining lands in the Cumberland, Kentucky area. Black bears naturally recolonized extreme eastern Kentucky counties (Harlan, Letcher, Bell, and Pike) over the last three decades from the neighboring states of Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee. The species was not reintroduced to Kingdom Come State Park or any portion of Kentucky east of Interstate 75. It is illegal to knowingly or unknowingly feed black bears.
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  • We went here recently while spending the night in the area and while our gps sent us up an old road to nothing we finally found the park has a new nice wide road leading up the mountain. It is very be...  more »
  • This rarely visited park is a jewel. Nestled in the mountains of Kentucky, the park preserves Appalachian woodlands. Walking the Shepherd's trail you can imagine what Daniel Boone saw when he first en...  more »
  • Some of the most beautiful overlooks in Kentucky. So much to do, numerous hiking opportunities, fishing, camping, playgrounds etc. You can spend hours or days exploring and having fun alone or with friends and family. Easy access to the majority of the park. Well worth it to put it on your to do list.
  • I visit family in Ky and always love coming here. My heart is set in the mountains...and there is such a magnificent view near the top of the park. Great playgrounds, great shelters. I wish I could come more often than I do.

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