The Cumberland Plateau hosts species found nowhere else in the state. The elevation makes it suitable for many breeding passerines typically found in northerly locations. Specialties of the region include breeding warblers, ruffed grouse, and ravens, among others. In spring, the park witnesses the peak migration of warblers through the mountains near the end of April. A good variety of less commonly observed Neotropical migrant birds are observed nesting in summer.
Small selection of Kentucky-made candies, jellies, and souvenirs are available for purchase in the lobby.
The resort is home of the championship Wasioto Winds 18-hole golf course. The course, nationally ranked by Golf Digest in 2004, is a links-style course in the mountains. The course features spectacular scenery, wide cart paths, practice range, practice putting greens, and an indoor training center. Golf packages are offered year-round. For more information, call the course Pro Shop at 606-337-1066 or 1-800-814-8002.
Pine Mountain is a hiker’s paradise with 12 miles of self-guided trails. Hike to Chained Rock, the Hemlock Garden or various other trails with names like Honeymoon Falls, Rock Hotel, and Timber Ridge. The new Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail, will pass near the park when completed.
The challenging 9-hole miniature golf course provides a great opportunity for whole-family fun! Open April 1 - October 31. ($)
The Laurel Cove Amphitheater, featuring bathrooms and a dressing room, is available for rental. Its lush, peaceful setting is ideal for warm-season weddings, large gatherings, and public performances.
Picnic areas can be found at various scenic locations across the park. Tables, grills, rest rooms, and a covered shelter are located near Laurel Cove and the similarly outfitted Dogwood Shelter, on the park’s east end, is located adjacent to a playground. Shelters are available for rental up to three years in advance.
Cool off with a refreshing dip in our pool (meets ADA standards). The lodge pool is for the exclusive use of overnight park guests. Hours: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm daily, Memorial Day to Labor Day. No lifeguards on duty.