Bell County Adventure Tourism will hop into the equestrian side of tourism with their Bluegrass on the Mountain event on Saturday. The event will take place at the event area on Wilderness Trail Off-Road Park, which is about seven miles up U.S. 119. The event is free of charge.
The event will feature a guided horseback trail ride. The ride will leave at 10 a.m. and will be about 20 to 25 miles long.
“I’m thrilled to finally have our first annual horseback trail riding event. Even though I don’t ride horses anymore, equestrienne trail riding is a very viable form of tourism and one I look to help expand in Bell County in the coming years,” said Bell County Adventure Tourism Director Jon Grace. “We have a lot of big projects planned that center around this form of tourism, and I look forward to watching the growth of it as we watched the progression of ATV tourism here.”
In the afternoon, there will be several local bluegrass bands including Crosspoint, Southern Sun, Overdrive (featuring members of Cumberland River), Pine Mountain Grass and headlined by Bridge to Nowhere. The music will start around 3 p.m. Those in attendance can bring lawn chairs to sit on and a cooler with food and drinks (no alcohol).
The event will include inflatables for children from Big Adventure Inflatables, and there will also be food vendors selling food and drinks. There will be a horseshoe tournament after the ride at approximately 3 p.m. with a trophy and prize for the winner.
“We want to make Bell County a top destination in all forms of Adventure Tourism, and the opportunities we have to make progress on the horseback riding side of things is very exciting,” said Grace.
Grace said for safety concerns, no ATV or motorized off-road vehicles are to be on the park Saturday. The will be signs posted at the park entrances reminding people of this. There will be a guided ATV ride leaving form Marty’s ATV Oasis on KY 188 at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
For more information on the event, you can visit www.wildernesstrailoffroadpark.net.
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