Kingdom Come State Park, with an elevation of 2,700 feet, is the crowning jewel in the crest of Pine Mountain.
Named after the popular Civil War novel, "The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come," by Kentucky author John Fox Jr., the park preserves 1,283 acres of unspoiled wilderness.
Some of the most extraordinary rock formations in the state are featured at this park, including Log Rock, a natural sandstone bridge, and Raven Rock, a giant rock exposure that soars 290 feet into the air at a 45-degree angle! The park is open based on road and / or weather conditions.
The Little Shepherd Trail is a narrow gravel and blacktop road extends 38 miles along the crest of Pine Mountain from Whitesburg to Harlan. The road traverses the park near the summit of Pine Mountain. This is an excellent scenic route for mountain bikes, cars (remember the gravel), and light trucks.
Largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish, and trout are fishing game in the 3.5 acre mountain lake. Year-round.
The 14 hiking trails that crisscross nearly 5 miles of rugged mountain terrain provide the opportunity to explore the park's giant rock formations and scenic overlooks. All of the trails are fairly short in length (1/8-7/8 mile), but many trail routes may be combined for hikes of varying lengths and difficulty. A trail guide publication is available at the park. Trails are open year-round.
Rental equipment is available for horseshoes. Year-round.
A nine-hole miniature golf course is near the lake and gift shop. This beautiful course follows the natural contours of the hillside overlooking the lake. April to October. A $2.50 fee is charged per round.
Located at the base of Raven Rock, the amphitheater is equipped with lighting and seating to accommodate scouting and civic groups seeking a totally natural meeting site. This giant sandstone rockhouse can be reached from a trail at the top of Raven Rock or from the Laurel Trail behind the lake parking area.
Pedal boat rental is available for use on the 3.5-acre lake. Open Monday thru Sunday. April - October. A rental fee is charged.
The 2 picnic shelters on the park are equipped with grills and restroom facilities. When not reserved, the shelters may be used by all groups. For large groups wishing to rent a shelter, reservations are accepted up to one year in advance. April-October. Picnic areas and stone fireplace grills are located throughout the park.