Dedicated March 4, 1992, Kingdom Come State Park Nature Preserve consists of 225 acres on the north face of Pine Mountain in Letcher County. This preserve is located within the boundaries of Kingdom Come State Park and also includes part of the Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail. This preserve protects Kentucky's third-largest colony of the federally endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis). Line Fork Cave, located in the preserve, is the winter roost for more than 3,000 bats. Historically, 10,000 Indiana bats inhabited Line Fork Cave. This serious decline in bat population is due to human disturbance and vandalism to the cave.
- Features - cave system, rare bat winter roost
- Access - at your own risk, due to rugged terrain and absence of trail
- Facilities - state park
- Parking - limited
- Hazards - steep cliffs, venomous snakes
- Activities - spelunking, hiking, birding, etc.
- Directions - Harlan and Letcher counties. From junction of KY 160 and U.S. 119 in Cumberland, take U.S. 119 one mile to the east. Turn left at entrance to Kingdom Come State Park and follow signs to the park office.
State nature preserves located within Kentucky state parks are special places with different management priorities. While the parks are there primarily for public recreation, the acreage that has been dedicated as a nature preserve is set aside for the rare, threatened or endangered species and communities that occur there. KNP is focused on management for these species and communities while providing opportunities for scientific research and nonconsumptive recreation. For information concerning use of state park facilities, programs, recreation opportunities and lodging please visit the Kingdom Come State Park website.
Attention: Due to concerns about white-nose syndrome there currently is no visitation to caves. Learn more about white-nose syndrome by visiting USFWS’s White-nose Syndrome page.