Perry County hosts grand opening of trail system

Published: Aug. 13, 2019 at 11:26 PM EDT
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Perry County hosted a grand opening of the new trail system Tuesday night.

This project is two and a half years in the making. A couple years ago, Perry county received a $100,000 recreational trail grant to create the trails.

Ben Braman with Pathfinders is the mind behind the trail system.

"We have some pretty steep terrain here in Appalachia, and it became quite an art to lay them out in a way they would become sustainable and be here for generations and generations to come," said Braman.

He has not done it alone, many hours were put in by the community.

"Well over 3,000 volunteer hours and we're still about 25 percent to completion," said Braman.

More than 90 percent of those hours were completed by local kids.

"It's been amazing. Absolutely amazing. I can't believe I was able to do this," said Zachary Gayheart, one of the trail workers.

Gayheart was a part of the eight person team that worked all summer. All the hard work led to Hazard being designated a Kentucky Trail Town.

"You have to meet certain standards, a certain amount of trails. Trails that lead to commerce trails that will bring in people into your community for tourism. Once you check all those boxes you become a designated trail town," said Braman.

Perry County Judge Executive Scott Alexander is hoping this will promote county growth.

"It gets us the exposure that we need. We've got an amazing trail system here that we've started. We're not quitting with this one. We're going to develop more, but we're gonna get the attention our trails need to get people to come here," said Alexander.

The trails are located right behind the Perry County pool.

There are about seven miles of trails that range in difficulty and length.