Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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November 16, 2012

10:42 MORNING UPDATE: Celebration planned for Saturday for hike and bike trail



Hikers, runners and those who just enjoy a walk through the countryside are 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 will begin 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.

I wanted to do something for my little village,” Hogan said. “Actually, it just sort of came to me. Like I could be eating a hamburger, [and I would think] why don't we blacktop all these alleyways for a bicycle path.”

The path has a lot of history tied to it, such as the train tracks that were once used by the Mammoth Cave Railroad and Bell's Tavern.

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