Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

January 15, 2014

Trail Town group eyes trial run

By Joe Lewis - Staff Writer
Journal-Times

Jan. 15, 2014 — The Olive Hill Trail Town Task Force met last Thursday to schedule upcoming ride events and discuss the next steps for state certification.

The group met at Carter Caves State Resort Park to set trail ride dates for the year and outline its progression toward achieving official Trail Town designation.

“We are looking at a trial run date sometime in late April or early May,” said Debbie Baker Harman, who heads the Task Force.

The trial run would be conducted by representatives from the Kentucky Department of Tourism and is meant to be indicative of an average tourist’s experience attempting to find and navigate local trails.

Harman expressed urgency in attempting to gain certification before the end of Gov. Steve Beshear’s term, as both he and his wife are avid supporters of the initiative.

The committee also agreed to schedule its next trail ride event in conjunction with Carter Caves State Resort Park’s “Horsin’ Around” weekend, May 17 and 18.

Rather than initiate trail rides from downtown Olive Hill, which is the usual practice, all of the rides for this event will begin from trailheads at the park.

The group also plans to hold a Heritage Trail Ride weekend again in September but has yet to set a firm date.

Plans for a field day in April were also discussed. The event would feature demonstrations of historic farming and blacksmithing methods, as well as other vintage practices and customs.

Both April 19 and April 26 were discussed as potential dates for the field day event.

The Olive Hill Trail Town Task Force will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, at Carter Caves State Resort Park.

Joe Lewis can be reached at jlewis@journal-times.com or by telephone at 286-4201.