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UK researchers track genetic trail of ALS; one form found most common around Cumberland Gap

Two University of Kentucky researchers are on the genetic trail of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Their detective story has not reached its end, but it is told in fascinating fashion by Eric Boodman of Stat, the medicine-and-science publication of The Boston Globe. The story is based around the Cumberland Gap, where Kentucky meets Tennessee and Virginia....

Kentucky by Heart: A close encounter of the bear kind will put a little pep back into your step

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist In the summer of 2002, I decided to indulge my hiking interest in a big way. Some might call it a crazy way. I drove down from Lexington to Cumberland Gap, stayed overnight in the adjacent town of Middlesboro at the Holiday Inn Express, then set out the next morning on a long hike from Pinnacle Overlook to Hensley Settlement. The details, admittedly, are a little...

Historic Boone Trace project promotes tourism in region while providing recreational opportunities

Boone Trace was the historic road that Daniel Boone was contracted to construct into the new western frontier from Virginia through Cumberland Gap. The Boone Trace project is a long-term, multi-county plan that will encourage both tourism in the area and promote recreational opportunities for outdoors enthusiasts. Boone trace is distinct from the Warrior’s Path and the later constructed Wilderness...

See KY: Just as Daniel Boone did, adventurers flock to state’s eastern highlands south region

Cumberland Falls is just one of the highlights found in Daniel Boone’s former stomping grounds in Kentucky’s Eastern Highlands South region (Stateparks.com Photo)   Mountains, forests, ancient stone arches, raw beauty.   This is exactly the place one would expect to find pioneer and coal-mining history alongside outdoor adventures like whitewater rafting, rock climbing, zip lining, hiking,...

Nearly 2 million visitors to Kentucky’s four national parks spent $114.7 million in 2014

  A new National Park Service report shows that 1.82 million visitors to Kentucky’s four national parks spent $114.7 million in the state in 2014. That spending resulted in 1,816 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of $146 million.   “This new report shows that national park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy – returning $10 for every...

Everyday Heroes: Shad Baker closer to dream of creating hiking route along Pine Mountains

(Photo provided)   This story about Shad Baker and the Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail is taken from Steve Flairty’s 2008 book, “Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes.” Baker is hopeful of completing the project within about five years. Go to www.pinemountaintrail.com for up-to-date information.   By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   In 1996, Jenkins resident Shad Baker and...

Lewis Donohew: Family pilgrimage through Cumberland Gap definitely worth the wait

In my college years, I traveled by car through Cumberland Gap—the route to the west for hundreds of thousands of pioneers—a few times as a member of a baseball team heading to Harrogate, Tennessee, to play Lincoln Memorial University. After the gap was restored to its previous condition as a trail, I started thinking about a pilgrimage in which I would go through it on foot.   Early in America’s...

Everyday Heroes: Shad Baker blazing trails, quite literally, along Pine Mountain range

This story about Shad Baker and the Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail is taken from Steve Flairty’s 2008 book, Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes. As of July, the trail has 58 miles of marked trails. Baker is hopeful of completing the project within five years. Go to the Facebook page, Pine Mountain Trail Conference, for more information.   By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   In 1996,...