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Talk of a Trail Town

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Speaker from state talks of Campbellsville-Taylor County's future

By Bobby Brockman

 

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Ever thought of Campbellsville-Taylor County becoming like a Gatlinburg?
Maybe not, but the Trail Town Development Project could lead to expanded trails for biking, hiking and horseback riding.
Elaine Wilson, Kentucky’s Executive Director in the Office of Adventure Tourism talked of the state’s program on Friday morning in the Taylor County Extension Office Conference Center.
“This is very encouraging,” Wilson said of the turn-out which had 50 to 75 on hand. “Each of you are doing apart of this now in your own bubble.
“I encourage all of you to have a part.”
Mayor Tony Young and County Judge-Executive Eddie Rogers were there along with Team Taylor County Executive Director Ron McMahan and people supporting local tourism, Green River Lake, Tebbs Bend., the Corp of Engineers, Fish and Wildlife and the state transportation department. Rogers helped form a working committee after  the presentation.
Wilson said statistics show that through trail activity $51-$240 is spent per person on an overnight visit.
She showed how towns like Gatlinburg, Tenn., Moab, Utah and Damascus, Va. were once just normal towns until Trail Town activity began.
“You folks will have to form your own Trail Town Task Force, fill out the application and we will work with you,” Wilson said of the state’s involvement.
“You will need to connect your community to your assets.
“The state will market it and help promote it,” Wilson continued. “But, it has no money to give you.”