On March 11th, Livingston Trail Town Committe and the STA hosted the first of its kind Trail Summit with representatives from the trail towns along the Trace. Participants from London, Livingston, Morehead, McKee, and Stearns along with reps from Stanton came together to share the status of their trail town applications, plans or on-going events planned by certified towns.
STA executive director, Steve Barbour briefed participants on the status of the Trace, plans for future trail development and other projects.
Each trail town rep had the chance to share upcoming plans for activities and thoughts on how the STA and the Trail Towns along the Trace can work together to achieve common goals for the Sheltowee Trace and other trails along the Trace corridor.
Thanks again to Livingston for hosting the summit. Plans call for this summit to be a quarterly event and rotate from town to town. .
What is the trail town certification program all about? Interested towns and communitiy leaders, using the guidelines provided by state tourism, complete an assessment of the current trail situation in and near their community. The assessment looks at;
• Inventoring current trail assets
•calling together leading trail user groups in the area
•forming a committee to see the certification process through from local and community leaders
Why should a town get involved? Two reasons! One is the health and happiness of the local community. The certication process will awaken the local population and leadership to the resources they have right in their front yard and hopefully encourage more local families to get out and enjoy the trails. Taking a hike, riding a bike, going on a trail ride are all activities that will help us all get healthy as individuals and as a community. The second reason is economic. Towns that can capture the economic benefits of the leisure-adventure tourism market could potentially earn $51 to $240 per person per night spent in the community.
In the end, how does this benefit my town?
• Planning documents for economic growth from local natural assets
• Tourism based development
• Visitors start and end their experience in your town
• They spend money before they go and after they return in your businesses
• People who come spread the word
• You become the destination to visit in the DBNF.
•Opportunity for young entrepreneurs to enter the business world and HEY YOU GET A COOL SIGN!!!! For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2011, the Kentucky Office of Tourism began to look at the towns along the Sheltowee Trace and the Daniel Boone NF as potential locations as Trail Towns where they could potentially gain some economic benefits from visits by users of the DBNF. The program is modeled after successful trail towns along the Appalachian Trail like Damascus, Va., and Hot Springs, NC. The STA worked with Tourism to encourage the towns of Morehead, Frenchburg, McKee, Livingston, London-Corbin, Stearns-Whitley City, to look at the potential by participating in the state developed Trail Town Assessment". The STA when possible visits these communities with the leadership of the Office of Tourism to share our experiences and encourage local and county leadership to see if there is some opportunity for their participation. For the latest on the trail town status of the towns along the Sheltowee click on Trail Town Status page.
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