The Historic Highlands Trail

January 21, 2006
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The Great Eastern Trail extends 1,800 miles from the Florida Panhandle to the Finger Lakes of New York. The Pine Mountain Trail State Park is a linear Kentucky State Park that passes through Letcher County and makes up a portion of the Great Eastern Trail.

The Head of Three Rivers Project is involved in an initiative to connect that trail to the City of Whitesburg with a trial system that would include four elements:

  • a connector trail along an old wagon route
  • a hiking and biking fitness trail following the old railroad to two outlying communities
  • a historic district walking tour
  • a blue line trail for canoeing, kayaking and wade fishing in the North Fork of the Kentucky River.

The Southern and Eastern Kentucky Tourism Development Association has awarded the project a grant of $5,000 to begin determining property ownership along the length of the proposed trail. Volunteers and the City of Whitesburg have also begun cleaning up the riverbank. The Head of Three Rivers plans to seek money or assist local agencies in seeking money to reduce bacteria counts in the river and improve general water quality.

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