By Kimber Ray
State tourism maps will feature a new destination now that Olive Hill, located in Carter County, is Kentucky’s fourth official Trail Town. The honorary ceremony held this November marked more than two years of collaboration between citizen volunteers and city and state park officials on efforts to enhance the town’s outdoor and downtown assets, including a new 8.3-mile trail that joins Olive Hill to Carter Caves State Resort Park.
The Kentucky Trail Town Program, created in 2012, supports more diverse economies by encouraging towns to connect to state park trail systems. Designated towns qualify for grant assistance and are also promoted in highway signage, visitor guides and online.