1.5 hours from Knoxville
2 hours from Lexington
Pine Mountain became Kentucky’s first state park in 1924. Via the canopy tour, you can experience the scenery and history firsthand, but that’s not all! The park boasts dozens of amenities and activities, including lodging, dining, a swimming pool, golf, hiking, mini golf, and an outdoor theater. And that’s just inside the park!!
Zipline Tours (approx 2.5 hours)
Wednesday – Thursday: $69.00 per participant
Friday – Sunday: $79.00 per participant
Discounts Available (does not apply to merchandise)
AAA: 10% off Zipline Tours
State Park Employee: 20% off Zipline Tours (ID required upon check-in)
Bell County Resident: 25% off Zipline Tours (Verification required upon check-in)
On this 2.5 hour Zipline tour, you will experience:
-A professionally guided zipline tour with 7 ziplines, 2 bridges, and 2 rappels
-Ziplines up to 1300 feet long and heights up to 100 feet
-Speeds up to 40 MPH
-Gorgeous scenery taking you through trees and
-A complete adrenaline rush!
All necessary equipment is included.
Pine Mountain State Park offers a beautiful historic lodge, with 30 rooms available for reservation. Each room comes with a private patio or balcony from which you can enjoy the beauty and serenity of the forest, and several pet-friendly rooms are available as well.
In addition, one- or two-bedroom cottages are an option for those wanting a more rustic feel to their lodging. Private decks, furnished grills, and stone fireplaces are just a few of the conveniences you’ll enjoy in this wooden cabins, nestled in the woodland setting.
If you’re looking for affordable and comfortable hotels just outside the city of Pineville, there are several to choose from as well!
Sleep Inn & Suites-Middlesboro – This highly rated hotel is just 12 minutes from Pine Mountain State Park, with rates starting at $100/night
Holiday Inn Express Middlesboro Located only 15 minutes from Pine Mountain State Park, rates are from $105/night
Best Western Wilderness Trail Inn Rates as low as $90 per night, and just 20 minutes from Pine Mountain
What else are mountains for but to climb? Any hikers, young and old, experienced or beginners can find a trail that suits them here at Pine Mountain. There are many marked trails and outcroppings in the area–just ask one of your tour guides which ones they suggest!
Although there are countless breathtaking mountain views to be discovered all over Bell County, the most famous overlook is the Chained Rock Trail. A lovely wooded trail past a natural arch to an unusual lookout near the top of Pine Mountain. At the edge of a rock cliff face on Pine Mountain above the town of Pineville, a huge rock appears to perch precariously. For years local lore had it that only a chain tethering the rock to the mountainside kept the little town below from being flattened. There was, of course, nothing to the story. There was no chain, and the rock wasn’t about to go anywhere. Park naturalist Dean Henson explains that the rock is actually connected to the cliff but, due to erosion and weathering, appears to be separated. In 1933, however, apparently inspired when an out-of-state couple passing through Pineville was completely taken in by the story, the local Kiwanis Club formed a committee to turn fiction into fact. In an act of truly superhuman proportions, citizens with help from the federal Civilian Conservation Corps hauled a big chain up the mountain by mule and anchored the chain to the rock on one end, the rock cliff face on the other. It was a master stroke of community promotion, gaining Pineville attention in hundreds of newspapers across the country. Today this 101-foot-long, 1.5-ton chain is still in place, and Chained Rock makes an amusing destination for a hike up Pine Mountain. Kids will love it. The outcropping makes a great lookout, too, with views south to Cumberland Mountain, east along Pine Mountain Ridge, and north down into Pineville.
Pine Mountain Settlement School is located in the mountains of Appalachia in Southeastern Kentucky. It was an early source of education for the mountain youth of the area, offering a hands-on approach to education that continues to be a model for today’s schools.
The school’s programs have evolved to meet the changing needs of the community and region. Today’s programs include environmental education and basic educational support for students in local schools. The richness of Pine Mountain Settlement School’s campus and its history is a source for multiple other enrichment programs for the local community and beyond.
Wasioto Winds (pronounced Wah-see-OH-tuh, means Valley of the Deer) was rated fourth among Best New Affordable Public Golf Courses in January 2003 issue of Golf Digest. The ten million dollar Michael Hurdzan-designed golf course is “a difficult course but friendly to the high handicapper.”
Visitors will be captivated by the natural beauty of the course. It occupies an undulating valley criss-crossed by a meandering stream and guarded by majestic mountains. Native rhododendrons and hemlocks ornament the course and make the natural surroundings part of the golfer’s experience. Unlike many Kentucky courses, Wasioto Winds remains green virtually year round, because of the extensive use of an upscale, cool-weather turf called L-93 Bent Grass.
This eighteen-hole course includes five par 3 holes and five par 5s. True to its links nature, the course is relatively flat, with water coming into play from three lakes, a creek and several wetlands areas. Six arching bridges span the water throughout the course. Other course features include wide car paths, a practice range, two practice putting greens, and an indoor-use training center.
Join park rangers on an exciting two-hour adventure exploring this majestic underground cathedral! Discover glistening stalagmites and flowstone cascades, or catch a glimpse of a bat.
The moderately strenuous, 1.5 mile tour explores four levels of the cave via 183 steps. The tour includes a 1 mile hike along the historic Wilderness Road. For the safety of all, no children under the age of five are permitted. Appropriate hiking footwear is required. No sandals or open toed shoes are allowed.
Join park rangers and step into the past at the historic Hensley Settlement on top of Brush Mountain. Stroll down fence-lined lanes, step into the blacksmith’s shop, look into the springhouse and sit in the one-room schoolhouse. The Hensley Settlement was established in 1904 by Sherman Hensley and was occupied until 1951. The historic buildings remain and can be visited on this 3 1/2 to 4 hour tour.
For an up-to-date list of goings-on in the nearby Bell County area, please visit Bell County Tourism and The Bell County Historical Society to see a calendar of events! New festivals and attractions are added all the time, so please keep checking back!
Book your tour before May 1st to take advantage of our 2 for 1 Special! Please call us to take advantage of this promotion. read more
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