Knott County Horse Trail Ride

By: Amanda Price Email
By: Amanda Price Email

If you're looking to do something this weekend besides the Apple Festival, look no further than Knott County. The annual horse trail ride is bringing thousands of people to the mountains.

People have come from all over to spend the weekend riding horses in Knott County.

Debbie Heller, from Connecticut says, “We're from Bethlehem, Connecticut and it took us probably about 12 hours to get down here, a little more than 12 hours and we're here because why not be here? The weather's gorgeous, the people are awesome and the scenery's just fantastic.”

Officials say it's another way to promote adventure tourism in the mountains.

Randy Thompson, Knott County Judge Executive, “It's one of a kind, actually it was recently voted by the tourism people as one of the top ten events in the state. It has grown leaps and bounds.”

Thompson says only a few dollars will get you in for the whole weekend to camp and ride. “Part of the trails are on top of the mountains and part of the trails go down in along the streams and valleys so with the beautiful views, fall colors and the elk bugling and the open spaces up here I think this has become one of the most popular rides in the state.”

Riders say they do it for the thrill of the ride. Heller says, “To ride, basically. To see all the people, a lot of trail riding, a lot of action. The foods awesome, the people are awesome, it's just worth the trip, it's Kentucky.”

Heather Martin, from Knott County says, “Just the atmosphere, and we have fun and its great trails and just hanging out with everyone.”

Officials say there is plenty of land for you to move around on, with more than 100 miles of trails marked through reclaimed mines.


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