Tuesday, 06 25, 2013
LIVINGSTON, Ky. - First Lady Jane Beshear today announced that the community of Livingston is now a Kentucky “Trail Town,” and is part of the effort to promote and develop adventure tourism opportunities across the state.
“Livingston is a great example of a Trail Town with its proximity to the Daniel Boone National Forest and the Sheltowee Trace,” Mrs. Beshear said. “The combination of hiking trails, horseback riding and the Rockcastle River make Livingston a perfect place for those seeking outdoor adventure.”
The Kentucky Trail Town Program is designed to help connect communities to trail systems and develop the locations as tourist destinations. It will guide travelers to trails, food, lodging, campgrounds, museums, entertainment and other services. The designation will help communities improve their local tourism economies and add more jobs.
More than 30 communities have started the application process to become a Trail Town and are working with the Office of Adventure Tourism in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.
Livingston is near several outdoor attractions – the Rockcastle River, Red Hill Horse Camp, several historic hiking trails and the Sheltowee Trace, as well as the Daniel Boone National Forest. The town has a trailhead with a visitor center that provides information about trails, attractions and local businesses related to outdoor adventure.
Joining the First Lady for the announcement were Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Bob Stewart, Office of Adventure Tourism Director Elaine Wilson, Rockcastle County Judge Buzz Carloftis, and Livingston Mayor Jason Medley.
Wilson noted that the most important part of the Trail Town program is that each community decides what approaches it wants to take to tie in the trail system and other services that trail users need.
The Office of Adventure Tourism will provide guidance to interested communities on issues such as trail development and signage, information and resources from other state agencies and how other communities have been successful by linking trails and services.
“Our work toward receiving a Trail Town designation has brought our community together,” Livingston Mayor Medley said. “This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase what nature has given us and what we can share with visitors to Livingston and Rockcastle County.”
Once a community receives the Trail Town certification, the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Department of Travel and Tourism and Office of Adventure Tourism promotes and markets the communities and the services they offer. Each Trail Town will be highlighted on maps, websites, visitor’s guides and other state promotional material.
For more information about Trail Towns and adventure tourism in Kentucky, visit www.kentuckytourism.com.