Kingdom Come State Park
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!
Kingdom Come's Overlooks are the highest and most numerous in the state park system. The park offers 5 developed overlooks to which visitors can drive, park and enjoy. Raven Rock's overlook requires a hike to this soaring sandstone outcrop.
Black Mountain Gazebo Overlook is the first overlook visitors discover when driving from US 119. This southern view renders the city of Cumberland, the Poor Fork River valley, and the girth of Black Mountain.
Creech Overlook, at the park's northeastern extent of paved roads, unfurls the great Cumberland Plateau beneath the visitor. Because Pine Mountain is taller than the hills to its north, a crisp autumn day yields an endless ocean of brilliant fall foliage from Creech Overlook.
After a short walk past stands of rhododendron and mountain laurel, visitors can admire the lush swath of earth beneath them at the park's highest overlook, 12 O'Clock Overlook. Raven Rock's secluded sandstone perch gives two magnificent vistas. Southern Harlan County rests on the horizon, and beneath the visitor's feet is an incredible landscape of weathered, scultpted rock.