FLEMINGSBURG, Ky. (Oct. 1, 2016) – A sign unveiling of the Kentucky Covered Wooden Bridge Trail was held Saturday by state and local officials along with the Buffalo Trace Covered Wooden Bridge Authority.
The planning phases of the development of the trail is underway and once complete will be marketed through the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism.
The Kentucky Covered Wooden Bridge Trail showcases the 13 remaining covered bridges in Kentucky. Built in the 1700 and 1800s, these elaborate timber-framed structures once covered Kentucky’s landscape until many were burned during the Civil War. Now, all of Kentucky’s covered bridges are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
“Eight of the thirteen timber tunnels are located within the Buffalo Trace District with twelve of them within a one hour drive of each other,” said Steve Donovan, Chair of the Buffalo Trace Wooden Covered Bridge Authority. “The newly formed covered bridge trail, through its planning, will provide a unique opportunity to investigate several beautiful architectural methods employed to cross a stream. Kentucky’s story book past and natural beauty offers something for everyone, from hiking, bourbon, wine, horse farms and now we will be adding the covered bridge trail.”
“Kentucky’s historic covered bridges present a unique opportunity for visitors to experience our history and culture,” said Kristen Branscum, Commissioner of Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism. “These timbered structures played a vital role in transporting our ancestors and we are excited to celebrate that heritage.”
“The Kentucky Covered Wooden Bridge Trail has a great deal of promise,” said Representative Mike Denham. “The covered bridge trail will ensure that these historic assets are preserved and protected for generations to come.”