The Pine Mountain Trail Conference will hold a dedication of the Black Bear Shelter, the newest overnight shelter on the Pine Mountain Trail, at 1 p.m. on May 20. The Black Bear Shelter is located at Kingdom Come State Park in Cumberland and will accommodate up to 20 hikers that use the Pine Mountain Trail. The Black Bear Shelter sits on the ridge above “The Ballfield” or across the road from the 12 O’clock Overlook at Kingdom Come State Park. There is a newly expanded parking area with kiosk near the shelter and visitors may park there or along the road and take the short hike up the Saltess Trail to the shelter location.
The Pine Mountain Trail runs from the Breaks Interstate Park near Elkhorn City to Kingdom Come State Park near Cumberland, about 60 miles. Once completed, the trail will run from the Breaks Interstate Park to the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park composing 120 miles of hiking trail. The Pine Mountain Trail is also part of a larger trail system, the Great Eastern Trail, that runs parallel to the Appalachian Trail.
For more information, contact Shad Baker at (606) 633-2362 or Jeremy Williams at (606) 573-4464.