KINGDOM COME STATE PARK
With an elevation of 2,700 feet, Kingdom Come is Kentucky¿s highest state park. Resting near the Kentucky-Virginia border on the crest of Pine Mountain, the park offers scenic vistas second to none.
The park¿s name is from John Fox Jr.¿s novel "The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come," a book about an orphaned youth and his journey through the hills and into the furor of the Civil War. Extraordinary rock formations are featured at this park, including Log Rock, a natural sandstone bridge, and Raven Rock, a giant monolith that soars 290-feet into the air at a 45-degree angle.
Located in the Appalachian Mountains of southeastern Kentucky, Kingdom Come State Park was established in 1961. The area's history is deeply intertwined with coal mining; prior to its designation as a park, much of the land was subject to extensive logging and coal extraction.
The name "Kingdom Come" originates from John Fox Jr.'s novel "The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come," set during the Civil War era. This literary connection highlights cultural significance beyond natural beauty.
Within its boundaries are historical features such as log cabins that reflect early settler life and remnants from past mining operations. These artifacts serve as reminders of human impact on this landscape over centuries.
Efforts have been made to restore ecosystems damaged by previous land uses. Recreational facilities were added including hiking trails, picnic areas, and scenic overlooks showcasing panoramic views like Raven Rock.
As conservation awareness grew throughout late 20th century into the 21st century so did initiatives for habitat preservation within these public lands ensuring protection for diverse flora and fauna native to Appalachia.