This is the next post in the Elkhorn City Trail Town series today I want to talk about the Pine Mountain Traill. If you want to read the first post in the series on the Blue Line Trail and Riverwalk click HERE.
The Pine Mountain Trail is open with contiguous trail from the Breaks Interstate Park to US 119 at Jenkins, Kentucky. It is designated in two sections for a total of 42 miles. When traveling from North to South you begin in Elkhorn City and travel the ridge to Jenkins.
The Birch Knob Section of the Pine Mountain Trail begins at the Russell Fork trailhead in the Breaks Park at Elkhorn City, Kentucky and follows the Pine Mountain ridge line 13 miles to Birch Knob, the highest point on this section of trail. Water and primitive camping is available here with an overnight camp shelter. Continuing southwest for 13 miles is the trailhead at US 23 at Pound Gap at Jenkins, Kentucky.
Elkhorn City sets at the northern most end of the Pine Mountain Trail, the Pine Mountain Trail head is at Carson Island near the Blue Hole pay lake near the border to the Breaks Interstate Park. Numerous people have been enjoying using the trail head for the past four years. I myself have seen hikers from all over the United States near the trail head and in downtown Elkhorn City.
The trail from the trail head into Elkhorn city is Carson Island Road to Patty Loveless drive and into downtown Elkhorn City. It’s at this point that the Pine Mountain Trail also intersects with the Trans-America Bike Trail and that the new Pike Energy Trail which is going to be the connector trail for the Great Eastern Trail leaving Elkhorn city on its way across Pike County to Matewan West Virginia.
Here is a link to the Birch Knob Section of the Pine Mountain Trail. PMT Birch Knob Section Map
Next in the Series will be the new Pike Energy Trail