Located on the mountainous border between Kentucky and Virginia, the Pine Mountain Trail will be over 120 miles long with a conservation corridor width of 100 to 1,000 feet traveling from Elkhorn City in Pike County to Cumberland Gap National Military Park in Bell County, eventually connecting to the Cumberland Trail in TN.
To reach the Elkhorn City hiking trailhead from Louisville or Lexington, Take I-64 through Lexington to the I-64 I-75 split. Stay on I-64. Take I-64 out of Lexington to the Bert T Coombs Mountain Parkway. Take the Mountain Parkway 75 miles to Salyersville. Turn Right onto US 460. Travel approximately 2 miles. Turn Right on to SR 114. Travel approximately 15 miles to Prestonsburg. Turn Right on to US 23 (US 460). Travel approximately 30 miles to near Shelbiana, where US23 and US 460 Split. Turn Left on to US 460 (SR 80). Travel approximately 14 miles to Belcher, where US 460 and SR 80 Split.Turn Right on to SR 80. Travel approximately 4 miles to Elkhorn City. Trailhead is at the Police Station (on the right) just before the bridge.
Overall, Pine Mountain Trail State Park is the 7th most popular hiking trail of all 9 hikes in Kentucky.