Help preservationists buy part of the original Boone Trace

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ROCKCASTLE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Friends of Boone Trace, Inc. is purchasing two acre in Rockcastle County containing a short segment of the actual Boone Trace, the first trail ever into the land that was to become Kentucky blazed by Daniel Boone and his axemen in 1775.

The purchase price is $25,000, and organizers have six donors who have committed to $20,000. Another $5,000 is needed to complete the deal and Friends of Boone Trace have set up a GoFundMe account to raise the remaining money.

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As of Tuesday, the group had raised $1,500 of the $5,000 goal.

Any excess funds collected will go to improvements to the trace. All donations are tax deductible.

The site has been named the “Windy Gap Basecamp” and is located very near the junction of Trace Branch Road and Red Hill Road (Hwy 1955) near Livingston. It joins 88 acres of the Daniel Boone National Forest to the south and 400 acres of privately owned forest to the north, both of which contain segments of Boone Trace.

It is to be made available to hikers and equestrian.

It is quite remote and will serve as an excellent “basecamp” for those wishing to venture down either side of the trace. For now, the property will not be open to the public, but those interested may visit the site after a personal phone call to:

John M. Fox, President of the Friends of Boone Trace

859-533-6433        boonetrace1775@gmail.com

Learn more about the Windy Gap Basecamp  property.