The heart of the Kingdom Come Scenic Parkway is the pioneer village of Cumberland, and the historic coal camps of Benham and Lynch.
The parkway winds between the rugged Pine and Black Mountains and is officially desingnated a scenic parkway for automoble recreation between Pineville & Whitesburg, Ky on US Hwy 119 (map).
Kentucky is known for coal. Movies have been made about coal mining here in the mountains. Why? The coalfields of Southeastern Kentuckywere once the most productive in the world.
Thousands of families streamed into the shadows of Black Mountain between the World Wars to mine coal. Few spoke english but many made this valley their home. Listen to Joseph Scopa, an Italian who migrated here before WWII, briefly describe his experience.
Today the mines in Benham and Lynch no longer produce coal. Many impressive coal camp buildings are preserved and most are tourist attractions. TheKentucky Coal Musem was once the coal camp commissary for Benham.
Pine Mountain is the outdoor recreationist’s dream.Kingdom Come State Park offers miles of trails and numerous mountian-top views. Visitors can access the Little Shepherd Trail on top of Pine Mountain.
Kingdom Come Scenic Parkway