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Paducah/McCracken Co. honored at 2020 Tennessee RiverLine Summit; Harris receives special award

Paducah Main Street Director Katie Axt, McCracken County Judge Executive Craig Clymer and River Discovery Center Executive Director Julie Harris represented Paducah/McCracken County at the 2020 Tennessee RiverLine Summit held in Knoxville. Paducah/McCracken County is one of five Tennessee RiverLine pilot communities working to develop a continuous system of multi-modal trail experiences such as paddling,...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Explore Kentucky’s wildlife management areas during Christmas holiday

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward The Christmas holiday provides most of us some much-needed days off and time with family and friends, but sometimes, it is nice to escape from all of the food and festivities and stretch your legs. For those who need to relax and get away for a bit, Kentucky’s wildlife management areas (WMAs) offer a place to go wander. “We have 89 public wildlife management...

National nonprofit organization ‘Erin’s Hope for Friends’ to open new club location in Lexington

Erin’s Hope for Friends, a national nonprofit organization, announced at the annual fundraiser gala on Saturday that it will open the doors to two new e’s Club locations, one in Lexington and another in Savannah, Ga. Erin’s Hope for Friends was inspired by Erin Horst, a gentle and talented 17-year-old with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who experienced challenges, bullying and tragically passed...

Traditional music from the hills of Eastern Kentucky — Fraley Mountain Music Gatherin’ set for Sept. 4-7

The annual Fraley Mountain Music Gatherin’ is slated for Sept. 4-7 at Carter Caves State Resort Park. The event will feature traditional music from the hills of Eastern Kentucky. Named for J.P. Fraley, a Kentucky native well-known throughout Appalachia for collecting fiddle titles at various festivals in Kentucky, West Virginia, and North Carolina, the festival began as a family reunion in the early...

Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund adds 2,000 acres to Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail

The Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund (KHLCF), a program of the Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves, has acquired 2,040 forested acres in Bell County for the Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail. This property will provide hiking, birding, and other passive recreation opportunities as well as conserve a habitat for rare species, including the federally-listed Northern long-eared bat and several...

More than 1,000 acres conserved in Hancock and Bullitt counties by KHLCF program

The Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves’ Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund (KHLCF) program conserved more than 1,000 acres of forest in October for both habitat and hiking. The Jeffrey’s Cliff Natural Area was created in Hancock County, along with additions to both Knobs State Forest and the neighboring Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Bullitt County. The 494-acre addition to...

Fraley Mountain Music Gatherin’ set for Sept. 5-8 at Carter Caves State Resort Park in Olive Hill

The annual Fraley Mountain Music Gatherin’ is set for Sept. 5-8 at the Carter Caves State Resort Park. The festival that began as a family reunion honors old-time music and Eastern Kentucky traditions as well as the late master fiddler J.P. Fraley. Musicians will be jamming in parking lots and sharing music around the campfires of Carter Caves State Resort Park. Musical instruments such as dulcimer,...

Life Adventure Center hosts Camp Kesem for a week of adventure for kids in families impacted by cancer

The heart of the Bluegrass is a special place for anyone looking for their own piece of tranquility and escape from a world that can oftentimes feel overwhelming. Nestled within the natural beauty of central Kentucky, Life Adventure Center is no stranger to being the place that offers this escape in nature to those who need it most. That may be underserved kids, grieving kids, corporate employees...

Winter Adventure Weekend set for Carter Caves; hiking series scheduled for Pennyrile Forest Park

Carter Caves State Resort Park will present a weekend of outdoor adventure with its eighth annual Winter Adventure Weekend Jan. 26-29, 2017. Guests will be able to enjoy hiking, paddling trips, recreational tree climbing, cave tours including wild cave trips, winter survival, rappelling, ice climbing a zip line and other adventures. A list of trips is available for beginners and advanced winter adventurers...

Bluegrass Adventures: Responsible approach can allow hikers, riders to coexist on the trail

All ATV owners should attend a training course. Many manufacturers offer a free course with the purchase of a vehicle (Daniel Leathers Photo)   By Daniel Leathers KyForward columnist   Every year more and more people take to the trail. Not on foot, horse or bike, but instead they climb on board an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) or Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV).   Many outdoor enthusiasts...