County Works To Turn Reclaimed Coal Mines Into Tourist Attraction

By: Amy Walker
By: Amy Walker

Another eastern Kentucky county is working to turn reclaimed coal mines into tourist attractions.

WYMT visited a mountain top that will soon offer breathtaking views and a chance to see all kinds of wildlife, especially elk.
they're digging up the mountain top, but Breathitt County officials are actually rebuilding this land..

"Milliions of tons of coal have been mined right here where we stand today, you know, and I think here's an opportunity for the land to pay back," Judge Executive Lew Warrix said.

Judge Executive Lew Warrix and local coal companies are reclaiming this mining strip.

The ridge will soon hold a viewpoint to watch elk in the valley below.

"They're down here seeding, preparing food plots for these elk, to attract them close by," Judge Warrix said.

Warrix hopes the project will be complete by the end of the year. It's also his last six weeks in office. He says this is his last chance to help bring more people and more money to the county.

"In Kentucky, and in eastern Kentucky especially, we have such a good habitat for wildlife so I think people are going to discover us and come and see us," Warrix said.

Looking out from an old strip mine to a future with a breathtaking view.

Eastern Kentucky has the largest elk herd in the U.S. east of the Mississippi River.


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