Our family stopped by Pine Mountain on the way to Cincinnati. It was the first time in over ten years that we had been here. Our past experiences here had been good, and I was looking forward to taking my children there for their first time.
As I had remembered, the lodge and surrounding facilities were very well kept. Extremely clean! The staff was friendly and helpful.
Our room- we had a double. The beds are small- not your double queen. We spoke to another guest at dinner and this was their only complaint as well. Our room was very clean as well. The bathroom was a bit small, especially for a big family. I loved having a deck to overlook the mountains.
Facilities- We used the swimming pool the most. It's great for a family. Spotless as well! The pool is rather large, in an L shape. This pool has a rubbery coating on the bottom of the pool, making it very easy on bare feet. Another thing that I like is that one section of the pool is zero entry. This is great for toddlers and little kids. The other end of the pool goes to about 4 1/2 or five feet deep for the bigger kids. There are plenty of seats, bathrooms just outside the gate, and towels provided by the lodge. Be aware that you do have to walk across the parking lot to get to the pool.
Basketball court- My boys took advantage of this. Although we didn't know about it, the front desk allowed them to borrow a ball.
Dining Room- One disappointment from our stay was dinner. In the past, I've really enjoyed the buffet dinners at the restaurant. On this night, there was not a buffet, so we had to order off of the menu. The food was fine, but it was quite expensive. The kids menu only went up to age five so a couple of our boys were ordering off of the regular menu. The meal for our family of five cost almost fifty dollars, and this was with ordering water for everyone. I would appreciate a more kid friendly menu.
I will add that we ate breakfast at the lodge the next morning, and we were very pleased with our meal(both quality and price).
Location- There are several neat things to do within a few miles of Pineville. Just up the mountain past the lodge is the overlook of Pineville and a 1/2 mile hike to Chained Rock. The hike to the rock is quite a pull coming back up. I was a little anxious with our kids on the rock itself. Make sure you supervise kids carefully here. For those who don't want to hike, there is an overlook about 50 yards off the parking lot.
About 10 miles back down the road in Middlesboro is Cumberland Gap. It's well worth the drive to see the views from the Pinnacle Overlook.
Through the Cumberland Gap Tunnel in Harrogate is the Abraham Lincoln Museum at Lincoln Memorial University. This took about 40 minutes and was really neat.
Final thoughts- very quiet and relaxing. Well kept and clean. Excellent service. I do wish the rooms were a little bigger. I would certainly visit here again.
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- Also Known As:
- Pine Mountain State Park Hotel Pineville
- Pine Mountain State Park Lodge