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Multi-use trails & RT's in KY 5 miles or more 1//08

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 11:11 pm    Post subject: Multi-use trails & RT's in KY 5 miles or more 1//08 Reply with quote

KRTC gets many requests for trails where people can bike and walk in safety. Following is a list of railtrails and other multi use trails that are 5 miles or longer. Mulit use trails that are Greenways are not built on an abandoned railroad corridors but are also multi use paths for biking, hiking and in some cases for horseback riding.

Louisville Riverwalk/Ohio River Levee Trail:
Jefferson County: Two separate segments of about 6 miles each connected by city streets. From the downtown Belvedere river wharf along the Ohio River to Chickasaw Park, Primarily a greenway path with 0.4 miles of rail with trail. asphalt. Contact: Jon Villines, Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator
Louisville Metro Government, 444 S. Fifth Street, Louisville, KY 40202
Email or phone: (502) 574-0104

Muhlenberg County Rail Trail: Central City to Greenville,
6 miles, asphalt, completed in 2002. Located on ROW owned previously by the Paducah and Louisville Railroad. Muhlenberg County Rails to Trails Committee has railbanked an additional 3 miles from CSX, possibly an extension into McLean County. Contact: Judge/Exec. Rodney Kirtley, Muhlenberg Courthouse, Greenville, KY 42345,

The Mammoth Cave Railroad Bike and Hike Trail. Barren and Edmonson Counties. Official opening 12/8/07. The nine mile trail runs from the park headquarters to the park boundary over much of the old Mammoth Cave Railroad and then connects to the one mile Park City bike trail and ends at historic Bell's Tavern. Surface is crushed gravel.

The Mammoth Cave Railroad carried passengers and freight between the main L&N line at Park City, Kentucky and Mammoth Cave from the 1880s until about 1930. About 40% of the grade was obliterated by highway construction in the 1960s. Engine #4 and a combination coach are displayed at the original terminus.

Mark Rich was the project manager for construction. (270)758-2180.Funding provided by the National Park Service and a grant from the National park Concessions. Photos on the KRTC website. 12/07


Pine Mountain Trail:
Harlan, Letcher & Pike Counties, and eventually Bell County. Breaks Interstate Park to the Cumberland Gap National Park. Open to non-motorized traffic, the trail is currently under construction with approximately 38 miles already on the ground. The Birch Knob Section (Elkhorn City to US 23 at Jenkins) is the northeast end, is 28 miles long and is open to hikers, cyclists and horses. The Highlands Section is under construction with 10 miles on the ground; it goes from US 23 to US 119 and has foot traffic only. Ultimately, the trail will be nearly 110 mi. Details of the trails can be found at It is a greenway, not a rail trail. Pine Mt. Trail Conference, Inc. P.O. Box 784, Whitesburg, KY 41858, 606.633.0369.

Adkisson Greenbelt Park, Owensboro. The proposed 15-mile long Adkisson Greenbelt Park is designed to encircle the city, linking neighborhoods, business districts, parks and schools. Approixmately 10 miles of the greenbelt are in use; some street connections. The trails that make up the Greenbelt Park offer a 10-foot wide asphalt surface that will easily accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists and meets the American with Disabilities Act standards. Whether you enjoy walking, running, skating or bicycling for recreation or to reach a destination, the Adkisson Greenbelt Park is an enjoyable and healthy place to be.

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