Encouraged by the progress being made on proposed horse trails extending from Harlan County into Letcher County, members of the Tri-City Trail Town Task Force recently held their first meeting of the new year.
The primary focus of the meeting was a positive report from the Horse Trail Committee where member Lonnie Riley reported the committee has been working with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, private property owners and Harlan and Letcher county judge-executives to further extend the horse trail that is already in existence.
“The horse trails will begin at the Putney Ranger Station Trail Head or from the Partridge Trail Head at the stables at Creek Side Glen,” said Cumberland Tourist Commission Executive Director and task force co-chair Tracy Bailey. “The Putney side extends through Goss Park, which includes a beautiful small lake that includes primitive camping and fishing. The trail will also extend through Kingdom Come State Park along Little Shepherd Trail into Partridge and connect into Scuttle Hole Gap on the top of Pine Mountain (Pioneer Trail) and eventually the hope is to extend it into Jenkins and back through Kingdom Come State Park.”
Bailey said another proposed trail that can be made available to horseback riders will extend from Partridge into the city of Lynch and be assessable to local tourist attractions such as Portal 31 and extend even further to the highest point in the state, Black Mountain. She said the estimated mileage would be approximately 60 miles or more of “beautiful horse trails.”
Also discussed during the meeting was a possible fishing tournament that could be held at the Kingdom Come State Park or a fly fishing tournament that could be hosted in parts of the Cumberland River. It was also suggested that a representative from Kentucky Fish and Wildlife be invited to their next meeting so appropriate questions can be asked.
“This would help in determining what kind of tournament and what regulations there are in hosting such an event,” said Bailey.
Tri-City Heritage Development Executive Director Bobbie Gothard ended by asking anyone interested in joining the Merchant Committee, Bicycle Committee, Fishing/Water Sports Committee, Walking/Hiking Committee, Motorcycle Trail/Tours and Public Relations Committee or anyone interested in opening a business pertaining to any of these committees to attend the next meeting of the Tri-City Trail Town Task Force which is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Feb. 5 at the senior citizens building in Cumberland.
For more information, you may contact Bailey or Gothard at 606-589-5812 or 606-589-5151.
Nola Sizemore may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 115, or on Twitter @nola_hde