DAY RIDE TO PINE MOUNTAIN STATE RESORT PARK

Ready to ride!

Ready to ride!

 

On Wednesday May 13, 2015, our Day Ride destination was Pine Mountain State Resort Park in Pineville, Kentucky.

It was a beautiful day- clear blue skies with the temperature right around 60 degrees.

Jeff kicks off our ride in this short video:

We left our home in North Knoxville at 10:00 am.

We rode north on Broadway to Halls, then took 131 to Luttrell where we then took 61 north to Maynardville. In Maynardville we took 33 north to Tazewell, then took 25E heading north.

25E heading toward Middlesboro, KY.

25E heading toward Middlesboro, KY.

Go through the Cumberland Gap Tunnel into Middlesboro.

Going through the Cumberland Gap Tunnel into Middlesboro.

We rode through Middlesboro and then onto the Pine Mountain State Resort Park in Pineville.

We pulled into the resort, parked our bikes at the Chained Rock overlook, then followed the directions to the trail head of Chained Rock.

Trail head leading to Chained Rock.

Trail head leading to Chained Rock.

Directly from the Kentucky Tourism website, here is information about Chained Rock:

  • In southeastern Kentucky’s Bell County, high on the vaulted slopes of Pine Mountain a large rock outcropping looms menacingly over the small town of Pineville. For years Chained Rock had been a part of area mountain folklore. But, in the 1930’s it became a genuine legend when a feat of the newly formed Chained Rock Club was reported in countless newspapers across the country. As the legend goes, the town’s children had for years been told 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, but events in 1932 changed that forever when the mighty boulder was harnessed by an enormous chain. The hike down to Chained Rock is .3 miles one way and affords majestic views of the surrounding Cumberland Mountains.
We descended the trail.

We descended the trail.

The trail is nicely maintained.

The trail is nicely maintained.

This is beautiful country!

This is beautiful country!

We approached Chained Rock.

We approached Chained Rock.

Mother Nature has beautiful flowers on display.

Mother Nature has beautiful flowers on display.

There's the chain!

There’s the chain!

A closer view of the chain.

A closer view of the chain.

Here's the view from Chained Rock.

Here’s the view from Chained Rock.

Pamo next to the Chained Rock placard.

Pamo next to the Chained Rock placard.

Then we hiked back up to the parking lot and overlook.

Then we hiked back up to the parking lot and overlook.

Here’s a short video from the Chained Rock overlook:

View from the overlook.

View from the overlook.

After gawking awhile, we got back on the bikes and rode back to the Pine Mountain Lodge.

Pine Mountain Lodge. Beautiful!

Herndon J. Evans Lodge. Beautiful!

The lodge is beautifully maintained. It has thirty rooms with a patio or balcony, a large spacious restaurant, community areas, a large outdoor pool and a nine hole putt putt course.

The pool and putt putt course were scheduled to open next week for Memorial Day but we got to play a round of putt putt!

Jeff tees off.

Jeff tees off.

Pamo making her second shot.

Pamo making her second shot.

After playing two rounds, we walked back to the lodge and had lunch in the restaurant.

We're both ready for lunch!

We’re both ready for lunch!

View from the dining room window.

View from the dining room window.

Inside the dining room.

Inside the dining room.

The salad is wonderfully fresh.

The salad is wonderfully fresh.

Lunch was EXCELLENT! The staff at Pine Mountain is awesome too.

Lunch was EXCELLENT! The staff at Pine Mountain is awesome too.

After lunch we visited the lounge. What a great spot to rest!

After lunch we visited the lounge. What a great spot to rest!

We then got back on the bikes and rode to downtown Pineville for a few photos.

Downtown Pineville.

Downtown Pineville.

Downtown Pineville. Chained Rock is in the center of this photo. (See pink arrow.)

Downtown Pineville. Chained Rock is in the center of this photo. (See pink arrow.)

Downtown Pineville.

Downtown Pineville.

We then got back onto 25E north to 92 west. 92 west is a beautiful road that runs along the Cumberland River.

On 92 west.

On 92 west.

92 took us into Williamsburg where we stopped to fill our tanks and get an ice cream.

From Williamsburg we took 25W south into Jellico.

Downtown Jellico.

Downtown Jellico.

We then took 297 south to 63, just east of Huntsville.

On 63 heading into Huntsville.

On 63 heading into Huntsville.

We then took 63 to I-75 south where 63 ends, then rode the interstate to Caryville. At Caryville, we got back on 25W to Rocky Top, then to Clinton, and then Clinton Highway back to Knoxville.

The fur kids are always happy to see us!

The fur kids are always happy to see us!

Dave wants to know when is dinner?

Dave wants to know when is dinner?

We got back home around 7pm and our total ride was 203 miles.

Jeff wraps up the day in this video:

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