Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

November 16, 2012

Bike-hike paths connected

By GINA KINSLOW
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Hikers, runners and those who just enjoy a walk through the countryside were invited to join a celebration Saturday morning in Park City to commemorate the connection of two bike-hike paths — the 9-mile Mammoth Cave Railroad Bike and Hike Trail and the 1-mile Park City Bicycle and Walking Path.

The celebration began at 10:45 a.m. at the historic Mentz Hotel, which is the new home of the Barren River Imaginative Museum of Science or BRIMS, on Ky. 255 in Park City with brief remarks followed by a ribbon cutting and the release of runners and riders at 11 a.m.

According to a Mammoth Cave National Park press release, the Kentucky Department of Transportation provided the connection by including a lane for bicycles and hikers in its reconstruction of the Interstate 65 underpass at Exit No. 48.

“The trail has been about 10 years in the making and we truly appreciate and applaud the Kentucky Department of Transportation for providing the connection link,” said Mayor David Lyons in the press release. “Hikers and bicyclists can now travel the route of the old Mammoth Cave Railroad all the way from Bell’s Tavern and the Mentz Hotel in Park City to the resting place of Engine No. 4 and its combine car near the Mammoth Cave Visitor Center.”

Park City resident Charlie Hogan came up with the idea to create a bicycle and walking trail in Park City.

For the full story, read the Nov. 17 print or e-Edition of the Glasgow Daily Times.