Trails for hiking, biking, riding horses to be highlighted in new plan for Kentucky

Gov. Steve Beshear, first lady Jane Beshear and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray announced a Kentucky statewide trail master plan.

The master plan would connect Kentucky’s existing 12,000 miles of trails and would allow people to hike, cycle or ride horses across the state, Jane Beshear said. The plan was put together by the Office of Adventure Tourism and will be an outline for cities and groups interested in developing trails.

In the plan, there would be webs of trails across the state, with continuous paths from east to west and north to south.

The next step will be for towns and cities to receive “trail town” designations so they can be trailheads, the governor said. Nine communities are designated as trail towns, and 30 more are applying, he said.

The plan will help local governments highlight assets, such as canoeing creeks or ATV trails, and help market the trails once they are done.

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