Pine Mountain State Resort Park: Hike the Highlands

The Weekend of Jan. 11-13, 2013... Bring Your Camera!

Not only is Pine Mountain State Resort Park one of the most beautiful Kentucky State Parks, it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world.  Seriously, this area is just gorgeous.

I love winter as much as the next person (actually my infatuation with snow means I love it more than most), but around January even I feel the call of the great outdoors. Pine Mountain State Resort Park answers this call  with an expanded series of wintry weekend hikes during the Hike the Highlands Weekend, Jan. 11-13.

The event, now in its second year, will offer simultaneous hikes: Participants will have to choose between adventures! Evening feature presentations on becoming lost (and found), hiking in bear country, hiking highlights of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park and hiking the Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail will also be offered.

Feature hikes this year will include an all-day, nine-mile round-trip trek along the Ewing Trail to White Rocks and an all-day, eight-mile round trip trek of Blanton Forest to include the upper and lower loops featuring Sand Cave and Knobby Rock.

Half-day (or less) treks varying in length from 1.5 to three miles will also be offered on Saturday and Sunday and will showcase destinations like Narrows Overlook, Chained Rock, and Laurel Gorge. An exciting underground hike of historic Gap Cave will also occur on Saturday.

Advanced registration is required. The registration fee for non-package participation is $20 for adults, $10 for youths 13-17, and children 12 and under are free (fees are already included for those taking overnight packages).

Full package prices are $129 (single) and $174 (double) and include accommodation for two nights, two evening meals, an outdoor-themed bandana and admission to your choices of guided hikes and all evening programs. To register or make a reservation, phone the park’s Guest Services Desk at (800) 325-1712 or (606) 337-3066 and mention Hike the Highlands Weekend.

If you go, and I highly recommend it, be sure you eat in the restaurant’s lodge and you MUST have their potato soup if it’s on the buffet.  Why? Well, it’s only the best potato soup in the world, that’s all.

Directions: From Interstate 75 South or North, take Exit 29 at Corbin onto U.S. 25E, then travel south on 25E, approximately 34 miles to Pineville, Ky. Continuing on 25E south, the park entrances are located about 1.5 miles south of Pineville. Pine Mountain State Resort is located south of Pineville on U.S. 25E and 10 miles north of Middlesboro, Ky. The park is 13 miles north of the Cumberland Gap Tunnel.

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