County Officials Say Horse Park Is Finally In The Works

By: Kimberly Burcham Email
By: Kimberly Burcham Email

After three years of negotiations, Letcher County officials say plans for a new horse park on top of Pine Mountain are finally in the works.

Horse enthusiast Jimmy McIntosh says there's only one way to describe how he feels now that his idea for a horse park on Pine Mountain is being put into action.

“Well it'll be a dream come true,” McIntosh said.

McIntosh says he had the idea three years ago when his old riding trail on Pine Mountain was paved over and even marked a trail for the future horse park.

"We've been needing somewhere to ride for a long time. When they black-topped the Old Shepard's Trail, it made me even more anxious to get it," McIntosh said.

County officials say it's a great idea to improve Letcher County's economy.

"We're looking at adventure tourism in this county as much as we can possibly do. The horse trail will be so unique. It's a one of a kind trail that we will have here in Letcher County like no other,” Letcher County Judge Executive Jim Ward said.

"Once they have the trails here, people will not only come from Letcher County, but all over the state and country,” Derek Barto said.

They say riders will be able to enjoy a view of eastern Kentucky's mountains from the highest point in Letcher County at 2,900ft.

County officials say they're hoping to have around 1600 people each trail ride.

Judge Executive Ward says they hope to have the trails ready by fall, so riders can have a good view of the changing leaves.


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  • by Bob Location: Whitesburg on Jun 27, 2008 at 12:47 PM
    Excuse me Charles, but I believe the land in question belongs to the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife and was purchased so that people could have a place to hunt. F&W doesn't get any general tax fund money, so don't try to say that it's public land and you pay for it so you should get to use it. Hopefully, they will have the good sense to shut down the trail during hunting seeasons.
  • by charles Location: lost creek on Jun 26, 2008 at 06:26 AM
    well jason ill put on my bright orange vest an put a cow bell around my horses neck so u can see an here me i think u need to hunt sum place else
  • by Jason Location: Letcher Co. on Jun 25, 2008 at 07:22 AM
    I think it is stupid to allow horses to ride through a WMA. those lands are there for the hunters, not horse-riders. Are the hunters going to sit back and watch their hunting land be turned into a park? How long will it be before the hunting will be banned because it is too dangerous to shoot around all those horse riders? Can't they find somewhere else to put the horse trail? Whoever thought this up had a half-baked idea!

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