Description - Information courtesy of the State of Kentucky
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.
- The 2 picnic shelters on the park are equipped with grills, vending machines and restroom facilities. When not reserved, the shelters may be used by all groups. For large groups wishing to rent a shelter, reservations are accepted up to one year in advance.
April-October. Picnic areas and stone fireplace grills are located throughout the park.
Overlooking the lake, the gift shop features Kentucky handcrafts and souvenirs. April-October.
Located at the base of Raven Rock, the amphitheater is equipped with lighting and seating to accommodate scouting and civic groups seeking a totally natural meeting site. This giant sandstone rockhouse can be reached from a trail at the top of Raven Rock or from the Laurel Trail behind the lake parking area.
Recreation - A campground is available nearby in Lynch, KY. Though a campground is not located in the park, primitive camping is permitted in designated areas not on the park trails. A fee is charged for overnight use of the park. Campers may register at the Gift Shop or with a Park Ranger for park camping and use the restroom facilities at the picnic shelters.
Largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish, and trout are fishing game in the 3.5 acre mountain lake.
Pedal boats are available at the lake.
April - October.
A rental fee is charged.
A nine-hole miniature golf course is near the lake and gift shop. This beautiful course follows the natural contours of the hillside overlooking the lake.
April-October. A fee is charged per round.
The 14 hiking trails that crisscross nearly 5 miles of rugged mountain terrain provide the opportunity to explore the park’s giant rock formations and scenic overlooks. All of the trails are fairly short in length (1/8-7/8 mile) but many trail routes may be combined for hikes of varying lengths and difficulty. A trail guide publication is available at the park. Trails are open year-round.
Little Shepherd Trail
This narrow gravel and blacktop road extends 38 miles along the crest of Pine Mountain from Whitesburg to Harlan. The road traverses the park near the summit of Pine Mountain. This is an excellent scenic route for mountain bikes, cars (remember the gravel), and light trucks.
Climate - This state experiences a temperate climate with nearly 50 inches of rainfall annually. Thirteen inches of snow is an annual average in Kentucky. There are four distinct seasons here with summer temperatures reaching 90 degrees F frequently in July and August. Low summer temperatures dip near 70 degrees F at night. Winter high temperatures often reach 45 degrees with lows dipping below freezing. Spring and fall are particularly pleasant seasons in which to visit Kentucky. Fall months are the driest. The humidity levels in the state average near 54 degrees throughout the year. The humidity during the winter months averages somewhat higher.
Kingdom Come is 65 miles northeast of Middlesboro. From I-75, take US 25E to US 119 to Cumberland. Here is an area map.