Pineville, Kentucky: Chained Rock

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Pine Mountain State Resort Park

Address:
Chained Rock Rd, Pineville, KY
Directions:
Pine Mountain State Resort Park. From Pineville drive south one mile on US Hwy 25E. Turn west at the brown Chained Rock Overlook sign onto Asher Clear Creek Rd. Drive a half-mile. Bear right onto State Park Rd. Drive three miles up the mountain. Make a sharp right onto Chained Rock Rd. Drive one mile to the parking lot. The trail begins at the far end of the parking lot, down a set of steps into the trees.
Phone:
606-337-3066
Admission:
Free
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
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Chained Rock.

Chained Rock
A large chain bolted to an even larger rock at the top of a mountain has spared from destruction the little town below -- or so the story goes. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [05/01/2016]

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Chained Rock.

Chained Rock - Boulders Chained Together

I would put this attraction under experienced hikers only, or bring some water and good boots to hike in! We were not prepared for the walk ahead. Whew!

[Kayla, 08/30/2014]

Chain Rock.

Chain Rock

This park is part of the Pine Mountain State Park just east of Pineville. It requires a mile hike after you drive a long winding road to the top of the mountain. You will find a fantastic view overlooking Pineville and the surrounding hills. There you will find a large chain attached to the mountain and across a span to a large outcrop of rock hanging over the town below.

[Paul Mays, 02/09/2010]

Chained boulders.

Chained Rock - boulders chained together

Above the town of Pineville, on route 25E, there are several very large boulders that are "chained together" to keep them from crashing down on the town and destroying it. You must drive there from Pine Mountain State Park and then hike about one mile to see it. It is worth the walk. It defies all sense of logic, why somebody would haul this very heavy chain up a mountain to foster such a myth.

[Bob Smith, 11/16/1998]

The myth was started in 1933 by the town Kiwanis, who attached the chain -- 3,000 pounds, 101 feet long. July 2005: Tipster Alicia notes "that it was a publicity stunt, to draw traffic to the (then) new state park and hopefully pull some dollars in for the local economy (It worked.)." Jan 2002: Tipster Steve Woodward sent photos and adds: "The chain links are huge and weigh a whopping 7 pounds each, and were carried to the location by pack mule. The boulder does actually loom right above the city and I suppose the chain gave the people a sense of security. I think the site is actually called Chain Rock."

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Kentucky K-9 MemorialKentucky K-9 Memorial, Pineville, KY - < 1 mi.
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The Miner's Circle - Mine Explosion Graves, Rocky Top, TN - 45 mi.

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