City of Pike County begins work on new trail system

ByShannon J. Cortes

May 7, 2022

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PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) – Officials in Pikeville recently began work on a new hiking trail as well as necessary maintenance of existing trails in town.

Pikeville City Tourism executive director Paul Bowles said it’s important to keep the town’s existing trails ready for use at all times, and it’s exciting to start work on the newest addition with assistance from the Pikeville Fire Department.

“The fire department has been a great partner,” Bowles said. “These guys, they’re very active, they love being outdoors, so when they heard that, you know, we were going to get up there on the trails, they volunteered, they jumped on it and said that they wanted to be up there too and could help us with anything we needed, so it’s been a great partnership.”

Officials said the new trail, which has yet to be named, will be one of the best Pikeville has to offer.

“The trail we’re working on right now will be a six-mile loop,” Bowles said. “It’s going to challenge you if you’re a beginner to an expert, there will be some elevation change, but there will be some easy parts as well.”

Officials also said there may be even more trails planned in the near future.

“We’ll eventually work on a bike path and other walking trails that exist, maybe even Pikeville Pond, maybe we’ll institute trails there,” Bowles said. “We even talk about downtown, how can we make downtown a trail that people can walk, know how far they walk, and get healthy doing it.”

Bowles said it’s all an effort to get locals out of the house and into fitness, while bringing in more people from out of town to participate and enjoy the beauty and trail systems of the region.

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