Laurel Cove Trail
Pine Mountain State Park
Ever since I saw my first photo of Powerhorn Arch in Kentucky's Pine Mountain State Park I've wanted to go see it for myself in person. Keep in mind that was quite some time ago. So this past weekend myself and good friend Bryan Janosick made the journey to visit this beauty after stopping by Chained Rock. The trail it is on is The Laurel Cove Trail which shoots off from the Chained Rock Trail. I was a little worried it was going to be a strenuous hike, based on some information I read, but it was approximately a .75 mile of a hike from the trail intersection so how bad could it be? Worse than I ever imagined. After a summer of bourbon and friends, which included very little hiking, I was and still am really out of shape. About 3 or 4/10's of the hike was straight down a creek runoff with some tricky spots, we both knew going down it was going to hurt coming back up. Was it worth it? Yes! Not only is this one of the most photogenic arches I've shot, it and the scenery around is flat out gorgeous! Bryan and I had a great time hanging out here, but it was not so much a great time making our way back out. By the time we had made it back to the car our legs were sore, our knees were weak and we were quite simply exhausted. It didn't matter though, as they say "no pain, no gain" and in my opinion we had gained a lot!
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