Sugarcamp Mountain Trail receives federal grant to expand bike path

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FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - The Sugarcamp Mountain Trail is about 20 miles long and counting.

"The goal of this whole thing is to work completely on grant money and not cost the city anything," said Josh Turner the Sugarcamp Mountain Trail Committee Chairman.

The trail officially opened a year and a half ago.

"We have a grant through an organization in Boulder, Colorado called People for Bikes which is an entity that directs money towards projects just like this," said Turner.

Turner also says he hopes this grant is the first of many, "because the more people this appeals to the more likely you are to get more money in the future so hopefully this a big step in us getting more federal grant money for other projects."

But Turner is also not too worried about this trail being unappealing.

"It's doing a lot already for tourism I mean we're getting people from four states, literally. There's not a day that goes by that I don't talk to somebody on Facebook that's coming to use the trails," said Turner.

This project is specifically for beginners and kids.

"We're just hoping this appeals to a wider audience of people than the extreme kind of serious mountain bikers that it kind of appeals to now. We're trying to just broaden our audience more or less with this," said Turner.

He hopes the new trail will be ready by early spring.

Turner also said they will continue to add onto the trail until they run out of property to work with.

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