Little Shepherd Trail

Little Shepherd Trail
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Kentenia is the oldest state-owned forest, acquired by the Kentuck Division of Forestry in 1919 as a gift from the Kentenia-Cantron Corporation. It is located along the south side of Pine Mountain in seven scattered tracts totaling 4,277 acres. The largest of these tracts is accessible by Little Shepherd Trail on the crest of Pine Mountain.

The forest is open to the public for hunting and fishing and subject to state fish and game regulations. Primitive camping, hiking, picnicking and horseback riding are also permitted. ATVs are prohibited.

Little Shepherd Trail

Kentucky Highway 1679, “Little Shepherd Trail”, is a 38-mile narrow road on the crest of Pine Mountain from US 421 east of Harlan to US 119 south of Whitesburg. This serpetine route twists though numerous refreshing overlooks and massive, spine-like rock out-croppings, termed “Hogbacks.” Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel bloom profusely in craggy exposures.

Paved sections are easily traversed, while mountain bikers and hikers greatly enjoy the more remote sections of this route. If you drive, a 4×4 vehicle is recommended. Current paved sections are: US 421 to KY 2010 and KY 160 to Creech Overlook.

Little Shepherd Trail also passes through Kingdom Come State Park

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