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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 4:56 pm    Post subject: Kentucky Railtrails with Completed Sections Reply with quote

Kentucky has 36 miles of railtrails in short trails and sections of longer useable multi-user trails. The longest RT section/trail is still the Muhlenberg Co. Trail that is 6 miles long. Please send in corrections and updates to dixie@kyrailtrail.org 10/08.

Trail Name: Adkinson Greenbelt Park
County: Daviess
Start pt: Brookhill Subdivision (Yewell-Heritage Park)
End Pt: Joe Ford Nature Center
Entire length of trail: 12 miles are completed ; 2.5 miles extension with under construction to completion date 12/15/08
Length of trail on RR corridor: 15 miles
Official Open date: pre 2008.
Any part that is rail with trail: no
Identify current owner of trail: local government
Owner type: local government
What railroad owns or formerly owned the corridor: Illinois Central Gulf RR
Status of the corridor: abandoned, 2.5 miles is RT
Surface Type: 10’ wide asphalt
Uses allowed: walking, biking and skating
Contact name: Lelan Hancock, 2516 Lancaster Ave
Owensboro KY 42301 , 270.687.8726
Email or phone: hancockld@ownebsoro.org
Website: http://www.owensboro.org/Greenbelt/map.html
Comments : 10/08


Trail Name: Benham RT
County: Harlan
Start pt: City of Benham
End pt:
Entire length of trail: currently 2-3 miles.
Length of trail on RR corridor: 2-3 miles.
Official Open date: 2004 approximately
Any part that is rail with trail: no
Identify current owner of trail: City of Benham
Owner type: local government
What railroad owns or formerly owned the corridor: CSX
Status of the corridor: remainder of corridor is abandoned
Surface Type: gravel
Uses allowed: pedestrian
Contact name: Christie Yercin, Main St. Coordinator
506 West Main St, Cumberland KY 40823, tcmainstreet@windstream.net
Mayor John Dodd, PO Box E, Benham KY 40807
Email or phone: 606-589-5151
Website:
Comments: Plans are to extend it over ROW toward Cumberland and toward Lynch; parts of the ROW still owned by a coal company and multiple property owners. Is used daily by walkers, has concrete barriers to keep off ATV.

Trail Name: Bernheim Forest Hike and Bike Pike
County: Bullitt
Start pt: St. Rt. 245 across from Clermont Post Office. Runs along Long Lick Creek and the railway.
Entire length of trail: 3.2 mile
Length of trail on RR corridor: 3.2 mile
Official Open date: 2004 approx
Any part that is rail with trail: yes. My Old Kentucky Home Dinner Train runs along the track for a 37 mile round trip from Bardstown.
Identify current owner of trail: Berheim Park
Owner type: agency
What railroad owns or formerly owned the corridor: R.J. Corman
Status of the corridor: active
Surface Type: asphalt and packed gravel
Uses allowed: walking, cycling
Contact name:
Email or phone: nature@bernheim.org, (502) 955-8512
Website: http://www.bernheim.org/trails.htm
Comments: Several short but steep hills, and the gravel sections, may challenge young or inexperienced riders. It is not a loop. 10/07

Trail Name: Blackford Pedestrian Bridge
County: Crittenden and Webster
Start pt: Uses an abandoned railroad bridge across the Tradewater River in Blackford. Approximate 0.9 miles is completed in Crittenden County.
Entire length of trail: .9 mile
Length of trail on RR corridor¨- .9 mile
Official Open date: August, 2005
Any part that is rail with trail: no
Identify current owner of trail: Crittenden County
Owner type: local government
What railroad owns or formerly owned the corridor: Western Kentucky
Status of the corridor: active
Surface Type: asphalt
Uses allowed: pedestrian
Contact name: Brenton Wintherspoon
Email or phone: dspoon@vci.net or 270-965-3878.
Website: www.blackfordky.com.
Comments : recently 4.5 acres donated for parking lot and trail head. Has a pavilion and a Walk of Honor. Original funding for bridge and trail completion obtained by Webster County. Funding through the Transportation Enhancements Program. Crittenden Judge Executive Fred Brown, 270-965-5251. 9/07

Trail Name: Brighton East Rail Trail
County: Fayette
Start pt Bryant Road
End pt: Pleasant Ridge Drive
Entire length of trail: 1 mile
Length of trail on RR corridor: 1 mile
Official Open date: 4/22/2007
Any part that is rail with trail: no
Identify current owner of trail: Lexington Urban County Government
Owner type: agency
What railroad owns or formerly owned the corridor: CSX
Status of the corridor: abandoned
Surface Type: asphalt
Uses allowed: pedestrian , bikes, skating
Contact name: Keith Lovan
Email or phone: klovanx@yahoo.com
Website:
Comments: the first rail trail in Lexington and part of the proposed Lexington Big Sandy Rail Trail. Plans to extend the section. 10/07

Trail Name: Cadiz Rail Trail
County: Trigg
Start pt Cadiz , begins at the site of the original railroad depot at KY-139N.
End pt
Entire length of trail: 1.5 mi
Length of trail on RR corridor: 1.5 mi
Official Open date: 1990’s
Any part that is rail with trail: N/A
Owner type:
Identify current owner of trail: City of Cadiz
What railroad owns or formerly owned the corridor: Cadiz Railroad.
Status of the corridor: abandoned
Surface Type: asphalt
Uses allowed:
Contact name: City Clerk, City of Cadiz, 207.522.8224, Stan White, Chairman Cadiz Railroad Trail Committee, 502-522-8483.
Email or phone:
Website:
Comments : The 10 mile Cadiz Railroad was built in 1901 to haul tobacco to Gracey in Christian County and connected to the Illinois Central and L & N. No plans to extend. 10/07

Trail Name: Cathy Crocket Trail
County: Pulaski & McCreary
Start pt : Sloans Valley, About 2 miles south of Burnside is trailhead off of Highway 27.
End pt: north of Camp Greenwood in Daniel Boone Nat. Forest
Entire length of trail: 8.5 miles
Length of trail on RR corridor. 5.5 miles, planned 3 miles of new construction to bypass missing trestles. ¨
Official Open date: 8/8/2000
Any part that is rail with trail: no
Identify current owner of trail: Lake Cumberland Trail Foundation (nonprofit) is owner of the established two miles; plan is to transfer ownership to the Forestry Service. The southern section (6 miles) which is undeveloped is the property of the Forestry Service, Daniel Boone National Forest, and is not currently open or maintained.
Owner type: nonprofit
What railroad owns or formerly owned the corridor: Cincinnati-Southern. The rail bed was relocated in the 1950's when Lake Cumberland was formed
Status of the corridor: 2 miles completed with minimal upkeep and limited access. The remainder is abandoned
Surface Type: gravel, most is subsurface of old rail bed.
Uses allowed: walking, mountain biking
Contact name: Alex Godsey P.E., Engineer, City of Somerset
Contact Phone or Email: (606) 677-4017. agodsey@cityofsomerset.com; Lake Cumberland Trail Foundation, % Alex Godsey, 484 Ridge Hill Trail, Somerset, KY 42503
Website: N/A
Comments: Two trailheads are in the plans. One to be located at approximately the midpoint of the trail near the Alpine Recreation Area and the second to be constructed north of Camp Greenwood at the southern terminus of the trail. The Forest Service is concerned about having enough funds to properly build and maintain the trail if it is opened. The trail has numerous historical features including three tunnels on the south end built by Italian and Irish brick masons, the Alpine Coal Camp and Camp Greenwood, a CCC camp occupied from 1934-1936.
In 2006 The Pulaski County Fiscal Court retained the services of John L. Carman and Associates to provide a Scoping - Feasibility Study for the project. John L. Carman and Associates, Inc.,310 Old Vine Street, Suite 200, Lexington, Kentucky 40507, (859) 254-9803 telephone, (859) 255-8625 fax, www.jlcsite.com.
updated: 10/08

Trail Name: Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge Rail Trail
County: Marshall
Start pt: within the refuge near Benton, KY
End pt
Entire length of trail: 1 mile
Length of trail on RR corridor: 1 mile
Official Open date: pre 2006
Any part that is rail with trail: no
Owner type: agency
Identify current owner of trail: Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge
What railroad owns or formerly owned the corridor: Nashville Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway was the original railway owner. The railway was later purchased by CSX.
Status of the corridor: abandoned, between Hardin and Paducah
Surface Type: gravel
Uses allowed: walking. The trail is used for environmental education
Contact name: Michael Johnson ,
Refuge Manager , P.O. Box 89 , Benton, KY 42025
(270) 527-5770, E-mail: fw4rwclarksriver@fws.gov
Website: http://www.fws.gov/southeast/clarksriver/
Comments: The abandoned railroad right-of-way runs along the refuge’s southern boundary. The right-of-way has a lengthy history that includes original ownership by the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway (chartered in Tennessee in 1845), a merger with the Louisville & Nashville Railroad in 1957, and a merger with the CSX Corporation in 1980. The right-of-way was abandoned by CSX Transportation, Incorporated in 1995.

An April 26, 2000, solicitor’s opinion states that Kentucky law prohibits ownership of the right-of-way by the railroad company. The easement right-of-way may be owned in whole or in part depending on whether it passes through the landowner’s property or along a property boundary. The refuge is interested in using the right-of-way for access and is trying to ascertain ownership and determine a fair market value for partial right-of-way ownership by landowners whose adjoining land does not fall within the acquisition boundary.
Updated: 10/08

Trail Name: Clear Creek Hollow Trail
County: Bell
Start pt: Fence at Asher Property Boundary
End pt: Hwy 190
Entire length of trail: 1.4 mi
Length of trail on RR corridor: 1.4 mi
Official Open date: 2001
Any part that is rail with trail: no
Owner type: agency
Identify current owner of trail: Clear Creek Baptist Bible College and Kentucky Division of Forestry, managed by Pine Mountain State Resort Park
What railroad owns or formerly owned the corridor: L&N; CSX
Status of the remainder of the corridor: abandoned
Surface Type: crushed stone
Uses allowed: walking, running, and biking (non-motorized)
Contact name: Dean Henson, Pine Mountain State Resort Park
Email or phone: Dean.Henson@ky.gov
Website: http://parks.ky.gov/
Comments : Following the route of an abandoned railroad grade, Clear Creek Hollow Trail parallels Clear Creek stream throughout its length. This old railway route, formerly a spur off the L&N (Louisville & Nashville) once serviced coal-mining operations in the area many years ago. In the mid 1980's, the rails were taken up and the route was soon adapted for foot travel and other recreational uses. Today, it is regarded as an ideal fitness trail and is utilized by hikers, walkers, runners, mountain biker's, and fisherman. The trail is flat, level, and decidedly easy walking and boasts a number of interesting features. Those venturing along this path will encounter beautiful creek/woodland scenery, as many as 4 trestle bridges and a railroad tunnel that's short enough for natural light to illuminate the way through. The official trailhead actually begins in the middle of its length, on the parking lot side of the main park road with the trail extending to either side. When walking the section on the parking lot side, users will eventually encounter a sign that marks the end of park's maintenance responsibility, but one of the trestle bridges and the tunnel lie just beyond this point. On the other section, on the other side of the main park road, the trail passes through the campus of the Clear Creek Baptist Bible College and ends at a pair of log blockhouse towers that mark the official entrance to the Kentucky Ridge State Forest. It is recommended that you keep small children close at hand when approaching and crossing the trestle bridges. 10/08

Trail Name: Louisville Riverwalk/Ohio River Levee Trail
County: Jefferson County
Start pt: downtown Belvedere river wharf
End pt: Farnsley/Moorman Landing (some sections not completed.
See http://www.louisvilleky.gov/BikeLouisville/IWantTo/existingbikelanes.htm. )
Entire length of trail: 12 miles plus
Length of trail on RR corridor: .4 mile
Official Open date: 1990’s
Any part that is rail with trail: approximately .5 mile
Identify current owner of trail: Louisville Jefferson Metro Government
Owner type: local government
What railroad owns or formerly owned the corridor: ???
Status of the corridor: abandoned
Surface Type: asphalt
Uses allowed: walking, biking
Contact name: Jon Villines, Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator
Planning & Design Services, Louisville Metro Government, 444 S. Fifth Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Email or phone: (502) 574-0104
Website: http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroParks/outdoors/exercisepaths.htm.
Comments: 10/07

Trail Name: Lynch Trail
County: Harlan
Start pt: Near Church St. and close to Gap Branch in Lynch, adjacent to Highway 160
Entire length of Trail Name: .5 mile
Length of trail on RR corridor: .5 mile
Official Open date: approx 2005
Any part that is rail with trail: no
Identify current owner of trail: City of Lynch
Owner type: local government
What railroad owns or formerly owned the corridor: CSX
Status of the corridor: abandoned
Surface Type: gravel
Uses allowed: pedestrian
Contact name: Christie Yercin, Main St. Coordinator
506 West Main St, Cumberland KY 40823
tcmainstreet@windstream.net

Trail Name: Mammoth Cave Hike & Bike Trail
County: Barren & Edmonson
Start pt Park City
End pt: Mammoth Cave National Park
Entire length of trail: 5 mi
Length of trail on RR corridor: 3 mile
Official Open date: 9/05
Any part that is rail with trail: no
Owner type: Agency
Identify current owner of trail: Mammoth Cave National Park Service
What railroad owns or formerly owned the corridor: Mammoth Cave RR
Status of the corridor: abandoned
Surface Type: crushed gravel
Uses allowed: bike, walkers, and runners
Contact name:
Email or phone:
Website: http://www.nps.gov/maca/
Comments : When completed the four segments will follow the old Mammoth Cave Railroad track from I-65 at Park City, KY, to the Mammoth Cave Hotel, a distance of approximately 10 miles. 10/07

Trail Name: Marion Rail Trail
County: Crittenden
Start pt Marion
End pt: Fredonia
Entire length of trail: 1 mile completed in a park
Length of trail on RR corridor: 1 mile completed.
Official Open date: pre 2006
Any part that is rail with trail: no
Corridor Owner type: various
Identify current owner of trail: city
What railroad owns or formerly owned the corridor: Western Kentucky Railway
Status of the corridor: abandoned, section was 22 miles in length;
Surface Type:
Uses allowed:
Contact name: Judge Fred Brown
Email or phone: 270-965-5251
Website:
Comments: no longer community interest in lengthening trail. 10/07,

Trail Name: Muhlenberg County Rail Trail
County: Muhlenberg
Start pt: Central City
End pt: Greenville
Entire length of trail: 6 miles
Length of trail on RR corridor: 6 miles
Official Open date: approx 2003.
Any part that is rail with trail: no
Identify current owner of trail: Muhlenberg County
Owner type: local government
What railroad owns or formerly owned the corridor: Paducah and Louisville Railroad
Status of the corridor: abandoned
Surface Type: asphalt
Uses allowed: walkers, cyclists
Contact name: Becky Keith
Email or phone: Muhlenberg County Judge Executive, P. O. Box 137
Greenville, KY 42345, 270) 338-2520, rnewman@muhlon.com
Website:
Comments: ,at one time an additional 3 miles had been railbanked from CSX, possibly an extension into McLean Co. 10/07

Trail Name: Purple People Bridge Rail Trail (aka Newport–Southbank Bridge)
County: Campbell
Start pt : Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, OH.
End pt: Newport, KY at the Levee Commercial Center & Aquarium., Third and Saratoga Sts.
Entire length of trail: .05 mile
Length of trail on RR corridor: .05 mi
Official Open date: 04/2003
Any part that is rail with trail: no
Owner type: City
Identify current owner of trail: City of Newport
What railroad owns or formerly owned the corridor: Newport and Cincinnati Bridge Co.
Status of the corridor: used as RT
Surface Type: concrete
Uses allowed: walkers, runners, cyclists, skaters
Contact name: Wally Pagan, Southbank Partners, 421 Monmouth St., Newport, Ky. 41071, 859-655-7700, wjpagan@aol.com. Or Don Burrell, Senior Planner, Bicycle / Pedestrian Coordinator, OKI Regional Council of Governments, 801-B West Eighth St. Suite 400, Cincinnati, OH 45203-1607, 513-621-6300, dburrell@oki.org
email or phone:
Website:
Comments : It is a double bridge with a rail span. Will connect proposed Ohio River Trail in Cincinnati and proposed trails in KY. 10/2007

Trail Name: Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail (multiple uses)
County: section in McCreary County KY
Start pt US 460 at Ohio River
End pt: Pickett State Park, TN
Entire length of trail: 269 miles
Length of trail on RR corridor: 3.6 miles near Whitley City in McCreary Co. along Railroad Fork and Barren Fork (Section 30 of trail).
Official Open date: pre 2000
Any part that is rail with trail: no
Owner type: agency
Identify current owner of trail: national park
What railroad owns or formerly owned the corridor: Barren Fork Coal Camp
Status of the corridor: abandoned other than trail
Surface Type: unimproved
Uses allowed: on the RT section non motorized uses, walking, biking, and horses
Contact name: Jon Walker, USDA Forest Service, Daniel Boone
National Forest, 1700 Bypass Road , Winchester, KY 40391, Phone: 859-745-3100
Email or phone:
Website: http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/boone/recreation/shel_trl.shtml
Comments :

Trail Name: Stanford L & N Depot Railroad Trail
County: Lincoln
Start pt downtown Stanford.
Entire length of trail: 2 city blocks, has the historic restored L & N Depot
Length of trail on RR corridor: 2 city blocks
Official Open date: pre 2005
Any part that is rail with trail: no
Owner type: city
Identify current owner of trail: city of Stanford
What railroad owns or formerly owned the corridor: L & N
Status of the corridor: abandoned
Surface Type: asphalt.
Uses allowed: walking
Contact name: . Luzia Foster, Director, Lincoln County Tourism,
Email or phone: luzia.foster@gmail.com, 606-365-4547
Website:
Updated: 11/08

Sturgis Rail Trail
County: Union
Start pt near the Sturgis Elementary School. 13th St.
End pt: Washington St.
Entire length of trail: 1 mile
Length of trail on RR corridor: 1 mile
Official Open date: early 2000’s
Any part that is rail with trail: no
Owner type: agency
Identify current owner of trail: city
What railroad owns or formerly owned the corridor: Western KY????
Status of the corridor: rest of corridor abandoned
Surface Type: asphalt
Uses allowed: walking
Contact name: Lisa Jones, Chamber of Commerce
Email or phone: sturginsrally@bellsouth.net, 270-333-9316, cell 270-952-1568
Website:
Comments : provides safe traffic free access for the children. Has a culvert crossing that needs to be bridged to make more user friendly. 10/07

Trail Name: Town Branch Trail
County: Fayette
Start pt Leestown Road
End pt: Chestnut Ridge Drive
Entire length of trail: 2.0
Length of trail on RR corridor: 0
Official Open date: 2006
Any part that is rail with trail: yes
Owner Agency:
Identify current owner of trail: Lexington-Fayette Urban Co. Gov’t
What railroad owns or formerly owned the corridor: CSX
Status of the corridor: active
Surface Type: asphalt
Uses allowed: bike, skates, walkers, runners
Contact name: Van Pettit
Email or phone: vanmeterp@alltel.net
Website:www.townbranch.org
Comments: Another 0.5 miles to be constructed in 2008. Future extension to downtown Lexington is proposed for this project.

Trail Name: Uniontown Rail Trail
County: Union
Start pt
End pt
Entire length of trail: 1825 ft
Length of trail on RR corridor
Official Open date: 1990-2000’s
Any part that is rail with trail: no
Owner type:
Identify current owner of trail:
What railroad owns or formerly owned the corridor:
Status of the corridor:
Surface Type: asphalt.
Uses allowed:
Contact name:
Email or phone:
Website:
Comments :. Mayor Raymond L. Turner, (270)822-4277. no contact made in 2007 to update.

Trail Name: Van Lear RT
County: Johnson
Start & End Pt. Rucker Park, Van Lear
Length of Trail: <1 mile.
Length of trail on RR corridor: <1 mile
Official Open Date: pre 2007
Any part that is rail with trail: no
Owner type: Nonprofit
Identify current owner of trail: Van Lear Historical Society
What railroad owns or formerly owned the corridor: C&O
Surface Type: grass
Uses allowed: Community park and playground / walking/
playground equipment / retired C&O caboose / restrooms
/ picnic shelter
Contact Name: Danny K. Blevins, VLHS President, Tina S. Webb, VLHS Secretary
Email or phone: admin@vanlear.org
or Phone: (606) 789 - 8540
Website: www.vanlear.org
Comments: Looking for funds to repair park since serious erosion problem, due to park is beside a stream. Danny K. Blevins, President / Chairman of the Board, Van Lear Historical Society, Inc., 78 Miller's Creek Road, P.O. Box 369, Van Lear, KY 41265

Trail Name: White Plains RT
County: Hopkins
Start pt White Plains
End pt
Entire length of trail: 1.5 miles
Length of trail on RR corridor: 1/5
Official Open date: late 1990’s
Any part that is rail with trail: no
Owner type:
Identify current owner of trail:
What railroad owns or formerly owned the corridor:
Status of the corridor:
Surface Type: 8 ft. wide, asphalt
Uses allowed:
Contact name:
Email or phone:
Website:
Comments: information not updated in 10/2007.

Trail Name: Wingo Trail
County: Graves Co.
Start pt Wingo
End pt: at the creek
Entire length of trail: 1.2 mi
Length of trail on RR corridor: 1.2 mile
Official Open date: early 2000’s
Any part that is rail with trail: no
Owner type: agency
Identify current owner of trail: city of Wingo
What railroad owns or formerly owned the corridor: Illinois Central
Status of the corridor: remainder of corridor abandoned
Surface Type: paved
Uses allowed: walking
Contact name: City Clerk, Wingo City Hall, 270-376-2186, PO Box 117, Wingo, KY, 42088
Email or phone:
Website:
Comments : has a caboose on it, gazebo and a pavilion and benches. Farmers have reclaimed the rest of the 18 mile corridor; no future plans to expand it. 10/07
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