Cave Region group wants to create trail towns


Caves Rivers Trails Initiative

 

Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 3:00 am

BY GINA KINSLOW Glasgow Daily Times

CAVE CITY — A few members of the Cave Region Trails Initiative Steering Committee reviewed on Monday night a rough draft of a grant application the organization will be submitting to the National Park Service next month.

The committee hopes to secure administrative support from NPS to create a master plan it can use as a guide in connecting trails in and around 11 cities in the region.

“The ultimate goal is to make 11 Trail Towns,” said Sharon Tabor, executive director of the Cave City Tourism and Convention Commission.

According to the Kentucky Office of Adventure Tourism, a trail town is a destination along a lengthy trail or is adjacent to a trail.

On Monday night, the steering committee members edited the six-page grant application, making additions and deletions where needed.

Among those who turned out to help with the editing process was Ginny Grulke with Lexington-based Kentucky Back Country Horsemen, which has a local chapter in the Mammoth Cave area called Mammoth Cave Back Country Horsemen.

“I think it’s great,” Grulke said about the initiative, after the meeting. “We’ve found in the last two years (that) the interest in trails has just exploded around the state. Because of our small counties, the more regional you get, the better.”

She continued to explain that a trail doesn’t necessarily stop at a county boundary, and therefore that’s why the regional effort to connect all 11 cities is so important.

Ann Stewart, marketing director for the Glasgow-Barren County Tourist and Convention Commission, also attended the meeting and helped with the editing process.

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