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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2019 3:14 pm | Updated: 9:56 am, Fri Sep 13, 2019.

Morehead may soon have another trail blazing its way into existence.

The Triplett Valley Trail Project is a multi-phase project headed by Daniel Boone Rails to Trails which will connect downtown Morehead to KY 519. 

Dr. Scott Davison is the president of Daniel Boone Rails to Trails, a local nonprofit organization who has been working on establishing a rail trail for 25 years, 5 of which Davison has been a part of. 

“We don’t really have a dedicated trail like this that doesn’t compete with other users,” said Davison, who is also a professor of philosophy at Morehead State University.

Until about 7 years ago, the group’s goal was to convert the old railroad into a trail, however, once the train stopped running and the property returned to private ownership, it became difficult to gain access.

Recently, the group has gained significant support from the Morehead community and are awaiting the approval of a Recreational Trails Program grant for $250,000. It would cover a majority of the $419,000 projected cost for phase 1 of the project. 

Phase 1 of the trail will stretch from the Memorial Tree Walk to behind KFC

Davison said he hopes that it will change the way that Morehead residents get around and wants the trail to open new possibilities for transportation from one side of town to the other. 

 “We have sidewalk trails, we have trails up in the woods, but this would be accessible to everyone and people of all ages and abilities,” he said.

Davison said he wants downtown Morehead to become a more walkable area, where getting around doesn’t always have to involve driving. He added that it is something that has been missing from the community for a long time.

“It’s one of things that employers look at when they relocate, or people deciding where to live want to know about," he said.

If Daniel Boone Rails to Trails is awarded the $250,000 grant, Phase 1 is expected to be underway around Fall 2020.