BREATHITT COUNTY INVENTORY AND ACTION PLAN FOR ADVENTURE TOURISM INITIATIVE
HORSEBACK RIDING TRAILS
There is strong interest by the general public to horseback ride in East Kentucky as indicated by the increasing number of people who are attending the Knott County Trail Ride each year which exceeded 4,000 this Fall from 12 states. Breathitt County needs to capitalize on this.
Breathitt County is home to hundreds of horses, many of which are free ranging on property near the elk view station. There is also an excellent riding ring located in the northwest quadrant of the county on Highway 3193. Summit Engineering has also identified private landowners in the southern portion of the county near Highway 315 who are interested in developing horse trails for public access.
Breathitt County needs to develop public horseback riding trails within the county that are GPS mapped and signage installed to mark the trail.
One suggestion is to develop a trailhead on the private property noted above then establish a second trailhead at Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park with a trail connecting the two.
It has also been suggested to develop trails near the elk view station in the eastern quadrant of the county, connecting with trails already developed in the adjacent county.