The MOA will host another great MOA Getaway at the Pine Mountain State Resort Park on Sept. 9-11, 2016. This beautiful state park will be the base of operations for all the amazing riding and great exploring to be done in the area.
Pine Mountain is not only one of Kentucky’s most scenic parks, but also a very modern resort with a hint of an historic past. The upper lobby of the Herndon J. Evans Lodge was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The passage of time has not diminished the beauty and workmanship of the original sandstone and chestnut log construction. Each of the 30 guest rooms features full amenities and a private balcony from which to enjoy the mountain view. Pet-friendly rooms are now available. Additionally, there are 11 two-bedroom cottages with porches or decks, plus nine one-bedroom cabins with fireplaces and private decks. There is no tent camping available.
Members arriving on Friday we be welcomed to a reception in the Main Lodge. Hot hors d’ oeuvres and cold drinks will be waiting along with a cash bar. The Welcome Reception is a great opportunity to share stories from the trip with new friends and to catch up with old ones.
Saturday is your day! Adventure and discovery await with local riders available to share some of their favorite roads (including maps and GPS tracks). Suggested rides will vary in length, so you can choose what best fits your schedule. In addition to the amazing roads and scenery, the communities around Pine Mountain allow ample opportunity to find local artisan crafts and historic bourbon distilleries. Don’t miss a side trip to Cumberland Gap, a visit to the original Kentucky Fried Chicken location in Corbin, Ky., and enjoy the scenic mountain views from the overlooks in Pine Mountain State Park. An 18-hole golf course is available for those who want to work on their handicap with tee time reservation service online.
Whatever you plan for the day, make sure you are back at the main lodge for dinner. Be prepared to share details of your day’s adventure with those at your table and we’ll give away some great door prizes too!
The event fee of $89 per person includes the Friday night reception, Saturday night catered dinner, an event t-shirt, a special gift at check-in and your chance at some great MOA merchandise and door prizes that will be given away on Saturday night. Lodging is not included with this fee.
Book your spot at the Pineville Getaway now! Space is limited and we anticipate this Getaway will sell out quickly. Book online starting on 1 April.
The MOA Getaways are designed to provide a smaller more intimate opportunity to meet like- minded riders in fun and exciting locales around the country. As you can see, this one has all those desired elements and is going to be a great time! The total group size is limited to approximately 100 participants so book early to reserve your spot. We look forward to seeing you there!
The phone number for the lodge is (606) 337-3066; be sure to tell them you're with the BMW MOA Get-a-Way. Reservations are not available on line; you won't get the discounted rate and it will look like they are sold out because the rooms/cabins/cottages are blocked for us if you try to register online! Lodging prices are are: Lodge Room: $89.95; One Bedroom Cabin: $116.95; Two Bedroom Cottage (each room with private bath) $134.95. Registration cutoff is September 2. Nancy says, "First register for the event with the MOA, then call the lodge to make your lodging arrangements/reservations!"
Schedule of Events
BMW MOA Get-a-Way Weekend
Pine Mountain State Park, Pineville, Kentucky
September 9-11, 2016
Friday, September 9
3:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Registration
Lobby outside the Mountain View Restaurant
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Welcome Reception, C.V. Whitney Conference Center
Meet & Greet, Hors d’oeuvres, Cash Bar, Ride Maps & local information, Saturday activity options
Saturday, September 10
7 a.m. – 11 a.m. Breakfast Available (not included) in the Mountain View Restaurant in the Main Lodge (enjoy the view!)
8 a.m. – 10 a.m. Late Registration, Lobby outside Mountain View Restaurant
8: 00 a.m. – 5 p.m. Ride and explore the area! Be sure to return in time for Dinner!
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. “Ride Tales” Reception – Cash Bar Available
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Buffet Dinner – C.V. Whitney Conference Center
8:00 p.m. – 10 p.m. Ride Reports, Door Prize Drawings, Social time and FUN!!!
Sunday, September 11
Remember the 15th Anniversary of 9/11
7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Breakfast Available (not included) in the Mountain View Restaurant in the Main Lodge (enjoy the view!)
Depart for Home (unless you’re lucky enough to be staying!)
Ride Safe Everyone!!!!!
Thanks For Supporting Your BMW MOA!
Restaurants AND 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). 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 in Pineville: 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!
Only open M-F, closed weekends! 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!
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!
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 experience 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: 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).
Below is a reprint from the 2015 Pineville Getaway wrap-up article that ran in Owners News:
A beautiful, sunny fall-like day greeted the first MOA Get-a-Way Weekend at Pine Mountain State Park in Pineville, Kentucky, with 73 in attendance for a fun weekend, September 11-13! Hosted by the BMW Riders of Knoxville (ROK), registrants were greeted in one of the original park buildings with its unique vertical American Chestnut log walls and beautiful stone masonry built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933. Participants were given a list of local attractions and restaurants and could chose from a selection of brochures and area routes to ride developed by various ROK club members. Also included in the goody bag were decals, cups and carabiners from the MOA.
We had attendees from as far away as Florida, Illinois, Georgia, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky. Despite a few evening showers, everyone enjoyed the Welcome Reception Friday evening where they were entertained by MOA board member and event MC Vance Harrelson and his charming wife (and pillion), Mari. Events for the weekend were discussed as were potential routes for Saturday adventures.
We awakened to the sound of rain Saturday morning, but many started out on their rides, hoping to escape the precipitation that seemed to be hanging over the mountain. (There were a lot of cell phones checking the radar!) Many chose to wait out the rain and enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the lodge’s Mountain View Restaurant while enjoying the mountain vistas and watching the changing cloud formations. Soon the weather gave way to a beautiful sunny day, and many remaining attendees headed out for mountain rides…some on the “Fried Chicken Ride” to the birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken, others to Cumberland Falls or Cumberland Gap, and the more adventurous to Little Shepherd’s Trail, and everyone enjoyed riding the beautiful scenic roads in the Pine Mountain State Park. A few even took the half mile hike out to “Chained Rock” which was featured on our event shirt. Folklore states the rocks were chained to appease children’s fears that the towering rocks above the town would come crashing down and destroy the town!
Saturday evening found everyone back in the lodge conference center for our delicious Get-a-Way Dinner and Program. The MOA provided some great door prizes along with MOA Foundation entries to “Won of a Kind” and a day at the BMW Rider Performance School.
Sunny skies abounded for departures on Sunday morning, and the only glitch was the loss of Nancy’s bike key. Many attendees graciously searched the parking lot and retraced steps around the lodge. Luggage was unpacked in the parking lot (got a lot a teasing about my “drawers” and more being displayed in the parking lot). Our backup plan for such emergencies is that Bill and I always carry the spare key to each other’s bike, so I could have made it home, but suddenly fellow ROK club member Mike Copenhaver discovered the key…on the bike in the side case lock! It had been covered up by the duffle bag that was now unpacked and strewn across the parking lot. This little exercise did make a number of attendees question what they would do if they lost their key!