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August 30, 2018, 11:32:44 AM
Went on a site survey; got destroyed by chiggers n ticks more than I ever have on any single hike. Land owners were clear cutters. Awful.


May 18, 2018, 09:08:29 PM
This old lady is officially on Vacation!!  Rented a cabin in BSF next week. :)


April 29, 2018, 12:03:39 PM
The red was looking great yesterday. Wish I had time to go to Muir today.


April 12, 2018, 12:34:27 AM
Hang Em High Horse Camp, or White Oak Boat in; north a bit from there near Horse Lick Creek is the S-tree primitive camps, it's actually quite nice.
If you want large, then of course you're back to state park and lake campgrounds.

Pat Curran

April 05, 2018, 05:40:14 PM
I'm looking for info regarding backcountry camping in the DBNF London District, preferably near Buck Creek.  Bee Rock and Rockcastle Campgrounds are both closed and we'd prefer to camp more primitively. Little Lick is small and best suited for horses.

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 on: December 15, 2018, 06:57:15 AM 
Started by sweeper - Last post by Bazinga
Yeah, Luna-pup has been everywhere.  Up to cloud splitter was one of the hardest climbs for those short stubby legs & barrel-like body.  LOL!!

I figured you'd guess correctly.   ;)

 on: December 14, 2018, 08:55:04 PM 
Started by sweeper - Last post by sweeper
Luna-pup is pretty adventurous. Cat's Paw is not the hardest thing to find, but it's probably easier to get to with four-foot-traction.

 on: December 14, 2018, 05:09:39 PM 
Started by sweeper - Last post by Bazinga
It's been awhile so how about a hint.  On the Red DVD's & south of the river.

 on: December 12, 2018, 07:55:06 AM 
Started by RCKT_RCCN - Last post by RCKT_RCCN
Wow wow wow. I asked, you guys delivered! I wish we could count the White Rocks overlook in Cumberland Gap. I'm not sure it's technically in KY, but the view into Virginia is fantastic.

As always, Mark and onemansadventure, your photography is superb. Thanks so much for sharing.

EDIT: I bet there are some great views hiding along some of the OHV trails. I've seen a few out there on the interwebs but I never venture down those paths.

 on: May 29, 2012, 08:54:46 AM 
Started by RCKT_RCCN - Last post by onemansadventure
Mark, Powderhorn is the arch that you are thinking of in Pine Mountain State Park, that is in that area of the park.  Chain Rock is nice.  There is another overlook in the park that is much lower in elevation that overlooks the Narrows and is neat.  Not vast and generally overgrown now.  Is said that is where Dr. Thomas Walker stood and scouted the way through Pine Mountain.

Chain Rock

I'd say the best are from Pine Mountain in the state.  All the parks along the mountain have at least 1 overlook that is just fantastic.  I just don't think you can beat the vastness of them anywhere else in the state. 

If you start up north, you have a slew of overlooks in Breaks Interstate Park.  Towers overlook is really awesome, but of course it is really in Virginia.  State Line Overlook is the only one that looks into Kentucky, and it is a wide open nice overlook.

Towers Overlook

As you go south along the border, Birch Knob Tower is just crazy awesome.  It is just on the Virginia side by not many feet and looks 360 in all directions. 

Birch Knob Tower, looking into Kentucky

There are several great overlooks in Harlan, Pike & Letcher Counties that are along the roads that go over Pine Mountain or into Virginia.  All 3 counties have recently added platforms and/or cleared brush and trees to offer stunning views westward.

Creech Overlook is nice, there are a couple others in that area, as well as along the Little Shepperd Trail that traverses the ridge in that part of the state.  Raven's Rock is not near as sweeping of a view as the top of the mountain is, but it is a special place, especially in fall.

Raven's Rock

Bad Branch, of course, has High Rock, as Mark noted, as well as Mars Rock.  They are really awesome, and some of my favorite I've been to in the state.

High Rock

The Pinnacle at Cumberland Gap has views into Kentucky and is just outside the state.  If you like history, that overlook adds some extra zing for you.  Skip Tri-State Peak though....no overlook there.

Pinncale Overlook, looking in Kentucky

If you like river scenes, there are some great overlooks in Western Kentucky on cliffs and ridges above the Ohio River that are really nice.  They just overlook Indiana farmlands though.  In case you are wanting just wilderness to look out over.

Cemetery west of Louisville that overlooks the Ohio

Buzzard Rock in McCreary County is one of my favorites.  It is a vast 270 view that overlooks the Big South Fork, and nothing but wilderness.

Buzzard Rock

Others to note are at Frankfort's cemetery that overlooks the city and river.  Also, the same in Devou Park in Covington that overlooks Covington, Newport, the river and Cincinnati, if you like city overlooks.

 on: December 11, 2018, 12:07:38 PM 
Started by RCKT_RCCN - Last post by Mark W
Narrowing the several dozen options down to a "Best View in Kentucky" is a really tough choice . . . almost impossibly tough.

Since it seems like you're already familiar with all the RRG viewpoints, I won't spend too much time wtih those, but I do think that the views from the end of Tarr Ridge, Raven Rock, Cloudsplitter, Hanson's Point, Chimney Top Rock, Eagle Point, Auxier Ridge and Courthouse Rock, Indian Staircase area and Adena Arch, and from Gladie Rock are certainly among the best in Kentucky.

Pilot Knob is a great view, too, as are the Berea Pinnacles. But you are already aware of those, although it seems worth repeating them just to encourage anyone else out there reading this to go visit them

The view from the Tater Knob Lookout was great, but as far as I'm aware the lookout is still closed. You can get some decent views from around the base, however.

There are some great views in the Big South Fork, but many of the best are on the Tennessee side. On the Kentucky side, the overlooks at the Yahoo Falls parking area are really nice, especially at sunset. The view of Natural Arch is also pretty terrific. The Three Forks of Beaver overlook in the Beaver Creek Wilderness is worth seeing as well and is similar to RRG overlooks.

The Creech overlook at Kingdom Come State Park is a great view. Chained Rock at Pine Mountain State Park is also a really stunning viewpoint and the trail up there (if you go the "long" way and pass by the small arch, whose name is escaping me) is a really nice hike.

The view from High Rock at the Bad Branch Nature Preserve is phenomenal and the hike up there is delightful as well. Bad Branch Falls is a really pleasant waterfall. Here is one of the views from the top, but this picture doesn't do it justice:

I haven't been, but Breaks Interstate Park is supposed to have some great viewpoints.

 on: December 11, 2018, 09:12:06 AM 
Started by RCKT_RCCN - Last post by RCKT_RCCN
Have ya been to the end of Tarr Ridge?

I sure have. I'm mostly looking for views outside the Gorge. Places like Pilot Knob, Berea Pinnacles, etc. What do you guys and gals recommend? Are there some good views down in SE Kentucky I don't know about? What about out west?

 on: December 10, 2018, 07:46:42 PM 
Started by RCKT_RCCN - Last post by Bazinga
Have ya been to the end of Tarr Ridge?

 on: May 28, 2012, 03:17:16 AM 
Started by RCKT_RCCN - Last post by RCKT_RCCN
So, what is it? Where's the best overlook? I know it's completely subjective but I'm looking for killer views, big air, wide open landscapes. Maximum exposure. Insane drop offs. What ya got? Pictures help. :)

 on: May 23, 2012, 08:22:39 AM 
Started by Bazinga - Last post by Bazinga
Easy Peasy!!!  Observation trail is 1/4 mile. 

Here's a link to map

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