Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office
Gov. Beshear Announces Nearly $1.1 Million for Recreational Trail Projects in Kentucky

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, December 03, 2014  
Contact Information:  Kerri Richardson
Terry Sebastian

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Steve Beshear today announced nearly $1.1 million in 2014 Recreational Trail Program (RTP) grants to develop and maintain 17 trail projects throughout Kentucky.

“Improving Kentucky’s trails is important to developing our state’s overall adventure tourism efforts,” said Gov. Beshear. “This funding helps our communities to not only open new trail projects, but to also improve on existing ones that will help infuse tourism dollars into local economies and improve residents’ overall quality of life.”

Since 2008, First Lady Jane Beshear has been a leader in improving and promoting adventure tourism across the state. She joins Gov. Beshear as a strong supporter for the RTP.

“We are fortunate to live in a state that offers an array of beautiful, natural resources in around which we can create top quality tourism activities,” said Mrs. Beshear. “The RTP program funding helps Kentucky towns and counties develop premier outdoor recreational destinations that both local residents and visitors from across the state and country can enjoy.”

RTP grants may be used to provide assistance for acquisition of easements; development and/or maintenance of recreational trails; and trailhead facilities for both motorized and non-motorized use. Examples of trail uses include hiking, cycling, inline skating, equestrian use, off-road motorcycling and all-terrain vehicle riding.

The 17 RTP grant recipients for 2014 include:




Grant Amount


AJ Jolly Trailside Enhancement Project

Campbell County Fiscal Court



Central Kentucky Ag Expo Recreational Trail

Casey County Fiscal Court



Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park Horse Trail Improvements

Kentucky Dept. of Parks



Elizabethtown Greenspace 2014 Trail Improvements

City of Elizabethtown



Veteran's Memorial Trail Project

Harlan County Fiscal Court



Mahr Park Trail Project

City of Madisonville



Barnsley Landfill ATV Trail Project

Hopkins County Fiscal Court



McKee/Big Turtle Trails and Trailhead Project

City of McKee



Wetherby Park Upgrades

City of Middletown



Licking River Greenway - Phase 2 and 3

City of Covington



River Front Park Walking Trail

City of Hyden



Livingston County Trail Project - Phase 3

Livingston County Fiscal Court



MCTC Fitness Trail

Mason County Fiscal Court



Buffalo Canyon Bridge and Sheltowee Trace Reconstruction Project

USDA Forest Service - Stearns Ranger District



Central City Lu-Ray Park Trail Project

City of Central City



Clear Creek Greenway FY2014

City of Shelbyville



Taylor County Tebbs Bend Nature Area - Phase 2

Taylor County Fiscal Court




The RTP is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, and Kentucky’s RTP is administered by the Department for Local Government.  It requires that non-motorized trail applicants match the amount of funds requested to receive a 50 percent reimbursement on approved projects, and that motorized trail applicants match the amount of funds requested to receive an 80 percent reimbursement. Those eligible to apply include city and county governments and state and federal agencies.

RTP applicants that also applied to receive Kentucky Trail Town designations received additional points in the RTP selection process. Trail Towns are certified through the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, and are communities near trail systems that help boost local tourism and economic growth through an atmosphere of trail-friendly businesses that cater to trail users. 

For more info on Kentucky recreational trails and other adventure tourism efforts in the state, please visit