The state of Kentucky has some seriously breathtaking views. From the Appalachia Mountains in Pikeville to the Kentucky Lake near Paducah, there are so many wonderful sights and sounds to experience within the borders of the Bluegrass state, and many are within just a few hours' drive. Down in the southeastern corner of the state in Harlan County is home to one of those experiences, the Kingdom Come State Park.

The state park, which is one of Kentucky's 24 recreational parks (as well as being one of Kentucky's 44 state parks), is located just outside of Cumberland, Kentucky, was established in 1961, and offers some truly impressive visuals as well as opportunities to experience the great Kentucky outdoors with 14 hiking trails, boating, fishing, birdwatching trails, and more. What separates Kingdom Come State Park from other parks is that it has an elevation of 2,700 feet, making it Kentucky's highest elevated state park. Located on Pine Mountain, that elevation allows for spectacular views from eight overlooks. And no matter what time of year you visit, you're sure to see an amazing display.

Some Fun Facts About Kingdom Come State Park

For those who appreciate a bit of background before you go out exploring a new place, here's some interesting information on the history of the park: The name "Kingdom Come" is derived from the 1903 novel by author John Fox Jr., titled The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come, which takes place in Kentucky during the Civil War era. Also of note: there are many natural formations that have garnered interest from visitors over the years. Favorite spots include Raven Rock, the Cave Amphitheater, and a natural sandstone bridge called "Log Rock."

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If you are someone who enjoys getting outside and exploring all that Kentucky has to offer, make sure to add this fascinating state park to your list of "must-do's."

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I'm sure there can be 50 versions of this concept, but we'll let the other 49 states deal with their own. We're here for the Bluegrass State.

Gallery Credit: Dave Spencer

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