BREATHITT COUNTY INVENTORY AND ACTION PLAN FOR ADVENTURE TOURISM INITIATIVE
EXPERIENCING THE RIVERS FIRSTHAND
On the weekend of August 16th, a river trip was taken on one of the existing canoe trails. Notes were taken and this blueways route was added to the adventure tourism inventory. The boat ramp at Douthitt Park served as an excellent put-in with plenty of parking and easy river access.
The canoe trip is an annual event in which all Breathitt Countians are invited to attend. They have had over 100 attend in years past. Ten canoes were purchased by the county park board and paid for by individual businesses throughout the county who then put their logo on the canoe they purchased.
During the event special markers were set up along the route the coordinated with a brochure handed out that talked about the historical significance of that particular site or subject.
Temporary markers along the route (right).
RECOMMENDATION: Permanent signs should replace the temporary paper signs and more brochures printed that tell about each of the sites. Additional sites along the way can point out other features such as unique formations, plant life, etc.
RECOMMENDATION: The Jackson Parks & Recreation Department offers canoe livery service on a limited basis due to time constraints and conflicts with other programs. It is suggested that an entrepreneur be encouraged to take over the livery service