The Bluegrass Rails to Trails Foundation (BRTF) has as its mission the development of the portion of the trail that covers portions of Fayette and all of Clark and Montgomery counties. This project is also called the Lexington Big Sandy Rail Trail.
BRTF is a non-profit "grass roots" foundation organized to serve as a catalyst to transform abandoned rail corridors in Fayette, Clark and Montgomery counties into useful recreational, non-motorized trails. Through our efforts, we hope to secure support from city and county officials, local organizations, community leaders, members of the communities, landowners and the state to build an approximately 39 mile continuous trail through Fayette, Clark and Montgomery counties on abandoned rail corridors. We realize some areas will have to be re-routed due to structures on the corridor, however, in most areas, the corridor is not being used for any purpose at this time.
Meetings are currently held quarterly in Jan., April, July and Oct. Meeting location alternates between Fayette and Clark counties. Meeting notices are sent via the KRTC list serve. Follow this link to view BRTF meeting minutes. For further meeting or chapter information, contact Robin Reams. Send Robin e-mail or call 859-986-0692. A membership application is available here for your convenience.
The C & O Railroad completed 109 miles of rail line connecting Lexington and Coalton Kentucky in 1881. It was not until 1985 that the C & O Railroad abandoned this line.
The Kentucky Rails to Trails Council was organized in 1994 and incorporated in 1995. In 1996 the KRTC put together a strategy for the development of the Lexington Big Sandy Rail Trail.
In 1997, the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government purchased for $30,000 the ROW to nearly one mile privately owned rail bed between Man O'War Blvd. and I-75 in Fayette county. In the same year the Bluegrass Rails to Trails Foundation (BRTF) was organized. BRTF was incorporated in 1998. The foundation has been working toward trail development since that time.