First Lady Jane Beshear's Communications Office
First Lady Beshear Attends Opening of New Horseback Riding Trails at Dewey Lake Wildlife Management Area

Press Release Date:  Friday, September 10, 2010  
Contact Information:  Elizabeth Roach

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. – First Lady Jane Beshear today participated in the opening of approximately 24 miles of new horseback riding trails at the Dewey Lake Wildlife Management Area in Floyd County.

“The new trails will add another exciting activity to our growing list of adventure tourism opportunities for this region,” said Mrs. Beshear. “This project, which is one more example of local, state, federal agencies and trail organizations working together, will boost tourism and achieve our goal of expanding recreational opportunities for Kentuckians and our guests.”

The trails are old logging access roads inside the 9,300-acre wildlife management area, controlled by the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. With this addition, there are more than 200 miles of designated horseback riding trails at 13 wildlife management areas in Kentucky.

Under an agreement between Fish and Wildlife and Floyd County, the county will be responsible for maintaining the trails, which are free and open to the public. The horse trails will be closed during firearms hunting season for deer, turkey and elk. The area is near Jenny Wiley State Resort Park.

Joining Mrs. Beshear for the ceremony was Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Marcheta Sparrow, Adventure Tourism Director Elaine Wilson and local officials.

“This should provide another boost for local tourism and encourage horseback riders to visit the area,” Sec. Sparrow said. “We appreciate the efforts of local government and trail groups to add to the hundreds of miles of trails that are open to the public in Kentucky.”