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Pikeville adding new hiking trail

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Volunteers spent the Saturday clearing the path for a new hiking trail at Bob Amos Park in Pikeville. Officials say the project is another piece to the puzzle of their park system.

The City of Pikeville currently has about 25 miles of trial..trails for walking, running, biking, and horseback riding, but not a true hiking trail.

Peter Sheesley says, "I love running and after running on the trails that existed, I sort of said to myself, well it'd be nice to have more."

Sheesley and some other University of Pikeville students brainstormed and contacedt city officials who had the same idea to add about 6 miles of narrow, hiking trail.

"It is unique, and different than the horse trail, which is a wider trail. This is a single track trail, something you can go out and be close to nature with," explains Sheesley.

On Saturday, about 30 volunteers helped clear leaves and deadfall for the new hiking trail that will offer a new challenge to folks at Bob Amos Park.

Sheesley says, "It being in the mountains you can get a lot of ups and downs...really pretty views and you don't have to go far to get it."

Officials say the addition of this trail is another example of the city utilizing their existing resources.

Mayor Pro Tem Jimmy Carter says, "As much as we can add to the park system, the better for the city and tourism in the area as well."

The first section of this new trail will open by December, the full trail will open in the early spring.

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