Mission of the Trails and Open Space Committee:
To promote, protect and expand Kentucky’s equestrian heritage and trails for current and future generations of riders, and to support the conservation of natural resources needed to achieve these goals.
Importance of Trails:
Brian Bourne, Trail Specialist for the Shawnee National Forest, stated there are 9.2 million horses in the US and approximately 4 million are used for recreation. The horse community is very large in number and basically a silent bunch generating 1 billion dollars to the trail riding industry. Tom Seay, speaker Best of America by Horseback, on RFD TV, stated that's 3 times as many horse owners as they are members of the NRA. United we must become to preserve the future of our trails for the next generation saving our American Heritage and the future for all horses. Secure these values by joining a proactive group at a local level, regional level and the national level.
Trail Education Programs
The Kentucky Trail Summit
Sustainable Trail Design
Trail Grant Programs
Grants to Trail Organizations
Grants to Trail Towns
In Kentucky there are 236 trails and over 1800 miles of horseback riding trails. Follow this convenient link to “Unbridled Ky Adventure”. This link will take you to the Adventure Tourism section of kentuckytourism.com. Click on the Trail Blazing tab to find out everything you need to know about horseback riding trails and horse camps in the state.
If you would like to have a trail or camp added to the state inventory, call the Office for Adventure Tourism at 502-564-4270.