2,000 acres added to the Pine Mountain Trail in Bell County
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- A scenic trail in Kentucky just got a lot bigger.
The Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund, a program of the Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves, announced Monday it has acquired 2,040 forested acres in Bell County for the Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail.
The state says the property will provide hiking, birding, and other passive recreation opportunities as well as conserve a habitat for rare species, including the federally-listed Northern long-eared bat and several state-listed plants.
The trail is expected to one day connect Breaks Interstate Park with Cumberland Gap National Historic Park over 120 miles away.
The Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund is funded from license plate sales, environmental fines, and other sources.