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 Cumerbland Mountains.
Pine Mountain State Resort is located south of Pineville, KY on US 25E and 10 miles north of Middlesboro, KY. The park is 13 miles north of the Cumberland Gap Tunnel.
From I-75 South or North, take exit 29 at Corbin onto US 25E, then travel south on 25E, approximately 34 miles to Pineville, KY. Continuing on 25E south, the park entrances that are located about 1.5 miles south of Pineville. Buses and larger vehicles should use the south entrance, just past Wasioto Winds Golf Course. The Herndon J. Evans lodge is located 4.5 miles from the official park entrance; park signs mark the route.