Edmonson County earns “Trail Town” status

BROWNSVILLE, Ky. – After a nearly three-and-a-half year process, Edmonson County has officially been recognized by the Department of Kentucky Tourism as a “Trail Town.”

Representatives from the county were awarded with the newfound status during their annual Trail Town and community cookout over the weekend.

In order to be recognized as a trail town, a designated area must feature a variety of outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy.

Trail towns are also areas that connect a system of trails and waterways that promote economic development in the community.

Edmonson County was awarded trail town status because it features hiking, biking, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking and ATVing.

According to state officials, Edmonson County submitted a 14-inch book as their application, the largest the state has ever received.

The hope is that with its new status as a trail town, more people will visit the area and increase the amount of funding brought in through tourism.

“It’s thrilling because so many people would say, when are you gonna get that,” said Rhonda Clemmons, Edmonson County tourism director. “Now we can say we are an official Kentucky trail town. We hope that it will be an economic stimulus for our community We welcome all those people who are outdoor enthusiasts to come enjoy our community and come into our towns.”

It will take a $30,000 investment to install new signage designating Edmonson County as a trail town, a project Clemmons hopes can be accomplished within the next two years.