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Blazing an Adventure Tourism Trail
Leisure and recreational businesses in Rockcastle County hope to capitalize on a new state adventure tourism program. The aim is to promote tourism businesses near trailheads in communities like Livingston. Already, Rockcastle County Judge Executive Buzz Carloftis says they offer outdoor activities, such as an airboat, canoes, and tubing. He says horse and bike trails also weave their way along the Rockcastle River.. “As this takes hold, and we hope, trust, and pray that it does. If it takes hold, there will be more businesses in operation. Before you know it, you’ve got a thriving community again, based on tourism,” said Carloftis
More than 30 Kentucky communities are seeking the designation. Rockcastle County Judge Executive Buzz Carloftis saw a similar program at work in Damascus, Virginia..
“They rented 100 thousand bicycle trips, about five or six businesses did. Those are at about 30 33 dollars apiece. You’re talking three million dollars. All of that goes into that local economy, to those businesses,” added Carloftis.
Livingston is near the Sheltowee Trace in the Daniel Boone National Forest and is along the Rockcastle River. Carloftis says canoeing, kayaking, and horseback riding are part of the tourism scene around the Rockcastle River region. He says air boating is one of the newer attractions.