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Trail Would Create Opportunities For Outdoor Activities

Julie McDonald and The Gleaner

Leaders in five Kentucky counties are gauging public support for an 80-mile trail that could be used for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.

The proposed trail would begin in Audobon State Park in Henderson County, and run through Daviess, Ohio, and Grayson counties before ending at Rough River Dam State Resort Park in Breckinridge County.

Daviess County Judge-Executive Al Mattingly says local leaders are taking the idea to the public.

"All the county judges and mayors are going back to their communities to set up meetings where they can gauge the support in their communities. We've kinda formed a loose coalition of the counties involved, so that we can apply for a federal grant," said Mattingly.

Mattingly says the federal grant would fund a study that would look at the direction the trail would follow. The Daviess County Judge-Executive cautions that it would take decades to plan and create an 80-mile trail.

Mattingly says it took 25 years to finish the 15-mile greenbelt that rings Owensboro. 

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