In the Fall 2013, a team was selected by the state of Kentucky to conduct a feasibility study and develop a plan "to create a network of interconnecting hiking/bicycling/equestrian trails that connect Kingdom Come State Park to the Tri-Cities of Cumberland, Benham and Lynch" which, in the end, "will create additional jobs and stimulate economic growth and development through adventure tourism related opportunities".

The Team selected included Vaughn & Melton Consulting Engineers, Inc (V&M), Carol R. Johnson Associates, Inc (CRJA) – an award-winning landscape architectural design and environmental planning firm, We Make Things Happen Corporation (WMTH) – a DBE Economic Development firm that specializes in adventure tourism feasibility studies and creating public/private partnerships, and Managed Adventure Systems (MAS) who have a vast experience of both developing and rehabilitating hundreds of miles of trails plus a strong background in backwoods rescues. Over a six month period the Team worked together to develop the plan to not only connect the Tri-Cities to the State Park but also extends further to include additional communities in both Harlan and Letcher Counties. The study, in its entirety, is provided below.

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  Table of Contents
Introduction Trail Town Potential
Chapter I Situation Analysis and Regional Context
Chapter II Creating Connecting Trails
Chapter III Trailheads and Wayfinding
Chapter IV Trail Design Standards, Specifications, Typicals, Permits & Cost Estimates
Chapter V Emergency Response Readiness
Chapter VI Existing and Potential Trails & Trailheads
Chapter VII Assets, Amenities and Unique Offering
Chapter VIII Economic Impact Potential
Appendix A Trail Class Matrix
Appendix B Trail Typicals
Appendix C Blueways Assessment
Appendix D Existing and Potential Trails in the Area
Appendix E Photo Tour of Little Shepherd Trail
Appendix F Potential Trailhead Sites
Appendix G Enterpreneurial Opportunities
Appendix H Railbanking
Appendix I Emergency Equipment
Appendix J Emergency Pre-Plan
Appendix K Property Owners
Appendix L Trail Events
  Cumberland River Walk Map
  Horse Trail Map
  Little Shepherd & Putney Connector Map
  Little Shepherd to Trail Map
  Motorcycle Trail Map
  Rails to Trails Map
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