Pineville, Kentucky: Chained Rock - Boulders Chained Together

"To keep them from crashing down on the town and destroying it." An early example of a prank, or viral marketing, we're not sure which.

Pine Mountain State Resort Park

Address:
Chained Rock Rd, Pineville, KY
Directions:
Overlooks Pineville from Pine Mountain State Resort Park. To get to it you have to take many winding roads to get into the Park, then take Chained Rock Rd for a drive up a mountain to its end, then hike about a mile to the Chained Rock.
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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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