Kingdom Come State Park near Cumberland will be receiving a cleaned-up look on Saturday, with a Spring Cleanup scheduled to take place.
The upkeep of the park has been a concern for many people recently, with a petition to improve the condition of the park going up on change.org. Folks concerned about the state of Kingdom Come State Park now have a chance to help clean it up on Saturday.
Chris Wilson, formerly of Cumberland, placed the petition on change.org after a trip to the park left him saddened about the condition of the area.
“Easter Sunday we always go to the park, and I just noticed it going down,” Wilson said. “It really upset me…we got over 700 signatures over a couple of days.”
According to Wilson, once officials in Frankfort became aware of the problem, conditions began to improve.
“We went there the Monday after (posting) the petition,” Wilson said. “It was amazing what had been done to the park in just a few days.”
The cleanup starts at 9 a.m. and continues until noon. Those who wish to participate should meet at the lower shelter. Participants should bring gloves, buckets and shovels. Participants will be working on trash removal, graffiti removal, brush removal, clearing ditches, planting flowers and other general cleanup work. Snacks and water will be provided.
Kingdom Come State Park, with an elevation of 2,700 feet, was named after the popular Civil War novel, “The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come,” by Kentucky author John Fox Jr. The park stretches over 1,283 acres and includes many natural attractions including Log Rock, a natural sandstone bridge, and Raven Rock, a giant rock exposure that rises 290 feet into the air at a 45-degree angle. A total of four mountain top overlooks provide views of Black Mountain and the Cumberland Plateau.
The Little Shepherd Trail winds through the park, as well as 14 separate hiking trails. Primitive camping is available and a 3.5 acre lake sits in the park for fishing. The lake is stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish, and trout. Kingdom Come’s overlooks are the highest and most numerous in the state park system. The park offers five developed overlooks which can be reached by car. Raven Rock’s overlook requires a hike to this soaring sandstone outcrop.
Black Mountain Gazebo Overlook provides a view of the city of Cumberland, the Poor Fork River valley, and Black Mountain. Creech Overlook located in the northeastern section of the park features a view of the great Cumberland Plateau.
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