Join us in the bluegrass state this September for another MOA Getaway at the Pine Mountain State Resort Park. Kentucky state parks are the perfect places to have fun, unwind and build relationships where the atmosphere is one of engaging serenity and gentle seclusion. Whether you choose to sit back and relax or ride, you are sure to have a great time.
Each of the 30 rooms has a private patio or balcony to enjoy mountain views. Room rates start at $85 per night for lodge rooms and $116 per night for cabins and cottages. Room reservations can be made by calling the Pine Mountain State Resort Park lodge at 606-337-3066 and mention the MOA Getaway.
An event fee of $89 per person will give you access to all the good times including a welcome reception on Friday night, full dinner on Saturday night, welcome package with event t-shirt and loads of door prizes. Event registration opens May 1.
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Attractions within easy riding distance of Pine Mountain State Park
PINE MOUNTAIN STATE PARK
Be sure to enjoy the park when you’re here! The ride out to LOOKOUT POINT that overlooks the village of Pineville, the valley, the river and the levee is very picturesque and worth your time! Be careful taking a left from the overlook that takes you out of the park, there are some VERY steep, sharp hairpin turns! From Lookout Point, the half mile trail to the CHAINED ROCK begins. (Chained Rock is on your Get-a-Way T-shirt back!). This is a moderately to strenuous hike….going down to Chained Rock isn’t bad but the 300 foot elevation change back up the mountain to the parking lot can be challenging for some! Be sure to take some water with you! Chained Rock has an interesting history. As the legend goes, the town's children had been told for years that the rock hanging ominously above town could not give way and come tumbling down on them as they slept because it had been 'chained'. In truth, however, the boulder had never been secured! Chained Rock was officially fastened to the adjacent cliff in the summer of 1933 by using a 101 foot steam shovel chain with links weighing 7 pounds each hauled up the mountain by mule teams! All this to allegedly protect the city of Pineville from calamity should the ominous boulder perched precariously above town become loosened. There is an excellent panoramic view of Pineville, present day Highway 25E (formerly the Wilderness Road) and the surrounding mountain terrain from the Chained Rock. On clear days, the prominent ridge of Cumberland Mountain is visible 12 miles to the south. There are other numerous overlooks and trails in the park.
Pine Mountain was the first state park in Kentucky, created in 1924 but embellished during the depression era by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) with beautiful rock work of the CCC stone masons. This lends an old fashioned charm to the park. The upper lobby of the lodge (where the registration table is), was the original park office, utilizing native sandstone and vertical American Chestnut logs. It also has the largest elk taken by bow hanging above the fireplace! Cabins 215-224 in the park were also built in this era. Be sure to enjoy the beautiful mountain view from the lodge’s aptly named Mountain View Restaurant for breakfast or a “beverage” anytime from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.!
CUMBERLAND GAP NATIONAL PARK
(South on 25E, then follow signs) NO ENTRANCE FEE. The Cumberland Gap is a narrow pass through the long ridge of the Cumberland Mountain chain of the Appalachian Mountains. As the key passage way through the lower Appalachian Mountains via the Wilderness Road (now 25E), it was considered the great gateway to the west. Long used by Native Americans, Dr. Thomas Walker, a Virginia physician & explorer brought it to the attention of the pioneers and settlers in 1850. (He also built the first cabin in Kentucky, located in nearby Barbourville). The name of Cumberland was in honor of the Duke of Cumberland, son of King George II who funded Walkers exploratory group. In 1769, the Gap was explored by a group of frontiersmen lead by Daniel Boone. (Statue on the square in Barbourville). The gap was the beginning of the 200 mile Boone Road leading the pioneers through Kentucky and westward.
WARNING: The road in the park leading up to the Pinnacle Overlook has some VERY STEEP and SHARP hairpin curves, not recommended for less than experienced motorcyclists. If the road is wet/damp they recommend waiting until it dries to attempt the climb.
CUMBERLAND GAP TUNNEL
If you came to Pine Mountain from the South, chances are you’ve been through the 4,600 foot four lane tunnel. If not, head south on 25E and you will come to it! Prior to building the double tube tunnel which was opened in 1996 at a cost of 280 million dollars, travelers had to cross a treacherous mountain road known as “Massacre Mountain”! Early on, it was decided that widening the existing surface road to four lanes would adversely affect the historically sensitive areas in the park, making a tunnel the only viable choice. The first step in construction was the boring of a pilot tunnel underneath the mountain, which revealed some unexpected construction challenges. The boring revealed underground springs and streams that would result in leakage of 450 gallons of water per minute into the tunnel, regardless of outside weather conditions. To eliminate leakage into the tunnel, the tubes were lined with a thick PVC layer. The old road across the gap was removed and the area restored to a wagon trail, reclaiming the area’s natural state as close to Daniel Boone’s time as possible.
THE LINCOLN MUSEUM AT LINCOLN MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY (LMU)
Located on the campus at Harrogate, Tennessee is one of the most diverse Lincoln and Civil War collections in the country. Included is the cane Lincoln carried on that fateful night in Ford’s Theatre. Head south on 25E, through the Tunnel to Harrogate. The campus will be on your right, follow signs to the museum. Open Friday 10-5; Saturday 12-5; and Sunday 1-5.
There are several items of interest in this picturesque little town! It has a quaint town square with the KNOX COUNTY COURTHOUSE in the center. In front of the court house is a STATUE OF DANIEL BOONE! 5 miles down the road on Rt. 589 is the DR. THOMAS WALKER STATE HISTORIC PARK with a replica of the first cabin in Kentucky built by this physician/explorer ! Quaint park and interesting historical readings along with modern restroom facilities and snack bar. If you’re in Barbourville around lunch, stop in at THE OVEN MITT RESTAURANT (315 Knox Street) for some great home cooking!
HARLAN SANDERS CAFÉ AND MUSEUM - THE BIRTHPLACE OF KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN!
688 US Highway 25W, Corbin, KY. Quaint first restaurant operated by the Colonel from 1940-1956 and location where the “secret recipe” was developed! On the National Register of Historic Places since 1990, the “Sander’s Café” along with a motel was rebuilt in 1940 after being destroyed by fire in 1939. Eat at the modern KFC adjacent to the original 1940 building which houses the museum. Hours, 10a – 10p. You’re so close, go see it!
CUMBERLAND FALLS STATE PARK
Often referred to as the “Niagara Falls of the South”, this 125 foot curtain of water falling into a boulder strewn gorge is a dramatic site. During a full moon, the rare phenomenon of a “moonbow” can be seen! There is a restaurant & lodge at the park. Follow 25E to Corbin, take 25W south and follow signs to Cumberland Falls State Park. (7351 Highway 90, Corbin, KY)
RENFRO VALLEY & THE KENTUCKY MUSIC HALL OF FAME
(approximately 60 miles from Pine Mountain) Located off I-75, exit 62 honoring the great musical achievers from Kentucky such as Loretta Lynn, Everly Brothers, Ricky Skaggs, The Judds, and Crystal Gayle to name a few.
Home to Berea College and known as an artisans community, Berea is home to a thriving population of potters, weavers, instrument makers, furniture artisans, jewelry designers, glass workers, painters and sculptors who preserve the Appalachian Arts. The historic Boone Tavern Hotel & Restaurant (100 Main Street) are also located in Berea. The Kentucky Artisan Center is an impressive building with an array of the crafts under on roof located at exit 77 off I-75. To not take interstates, go up 25E to Barbourville, take 11N toward Manchester. Just out of Fall Rock, take 421 north toward Berea. In Bighill, turn left on 21 and follow into Berea. (About 95 miles one way non interstate, about 82 miles 25E/interstate).
Restaurants for dining options around Pine Mountain State Park
The Mountain View Restaurant
Located right in the main lodge at Pine Mountain, don’t miss the view. Members of the BMW Riders of Knoxville have eaten here numerous times and have not been disappointed! Breakfast, lunch & dinner are available from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. If you would like to have an alcoholic beverage, you may order one in the restaurant (no food purchase required) as they transition to serving alcohol. (we will have a cash bar at our events in the conference center with limited selection). At the moment, there is no physical bar but you are welcome to utilize the tables in the restaurant or you may take the beverage into any of the public conference areas.
122 W. Kentucky Avenue, Pineville 606-337-2034 Homecooking, known for chicken & dumplins and Pimento cheese sandwiches. Open 7:30 am – 4 p
Engle’s Drive In
14889 Robert L. Madon Bypass (25E), Pineville. Worthy of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives? Known for burgers, dogs, fries and chili. 606-337-6145
FAST FOOD CHAINS
McDonalds, Arby’s, Little Caesars, Dairy Queen, Subway
Middlesboro, Kentucky (13 miles South on 25E)
Shades Café & Steakhouse
2119 Cumberland Avenue, Middlesboro, KY 606-248-4315
Rave reviews on Trip Advisor for the steaks….everything is made from scratch! Open 5-9 p.m. Closed Sunday.
605 N 12th ST. Middlesboro, KY 606-248-0303
Mexican fare, rated 2nd in Middlesboro on Trip Advisor. Very Mexican interior décor.
Cumberland Gap, Tennessee (Through the Tunnel on South 25E)
The Pineapple Tea Room & Coffee Shoppe
602 Colwyn Avenue, Cumberland Gap, TN 423-869-4410
Recommended by one of our members. Great relaxed atmosphere, tasty sandwiches and free wifi. Open Friday & Saturday, 7 a. – 7p., Sunday 10a – 5p
Barbourville, Kentucky (North on 25E about 15 miles)
The Oven Mitt
315 Knox Street, Barbourville, KY 606-545-0304
Open 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Recently opened in the old Hardees building (you won’t find it on Trip Advisor), check out the upside down lamps on the ceiling! Great home cooked food! Good place for lunch on Saturday. Several club members have eaten here with rave reviews! Reasonably priced and good food! Check out the Chocolate Lasagna!
45 Liberty Street, Barbourville, KY
Looks like a hole in the wall but gets great reviews on Trip Advisor. Country cooking at a great price! Only open M-F, closed weekends!
Corbin, Kentucky (North on 25 E about 25 miles)
Harlan Sanders Café and Museum
Birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken! 688 US Highway 25W, Corbin, KY. Quaint first restaurant operated by the Colonel from 1940-1956 and location where the “secret recipe” was developed! On the National Register of Historic Places since 1990, the “Sander’s Café” along with a motel was rebuilt in 1940 after being destroyed by fire in 1939. Eat at the modern KFC adjacent to the original 1940 building which houses the museum. Hours, 10a – 10p. You’re so close, go see it!
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