The mission of the KRTA is to enhance Kentucky's economy by expanding tourism opportunities for motorized and non-motorized off-road trail activities, including hiking, cycling, horseback riding and off-highway vehicle riding.

KRTAThe birth of the Kentucky Recreational Trails Authority (KRTA) came from the demand of Kentuckians and visitors alike for a place to ride, hike and recreate in the Bluegrass State. To meet these demands, the Executive Branch of the Kentucky State Government created the KRTA, attached to the Kentucky Department of Tourism, through Executive Order in December, 2005. KRTA was charged with the task of planning and implementing programs to expand tourism opportnities for these off-road trail activities.

After the Executive Order was ratified in the 2006 legislative session under KRS 148.795, 13 board members representing a wide array of state agencies, community leaders and user groups were appointed to serve on the KRTA board. In 2008, this board was expanded and clarification of its responsibilities and capabilities were added. (See current legislation KRS 148.795)

The KRTA boards works diligently to fulfill its charge by focusing on: increasing land access for recreational trails, promoting trail education, and promoting the trail opportunities that Kentucky offers. The KRTA board has developed an ever-evolving strategic plan to help implement these goals and objectives.


On May 19, 2011, First Lady Jane Beshear officially unveiled the new equine campsites at a grand opening ceremony at the Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park today.

The eight wooded sites will allow campers with horses to spend the night and enjoy the more than 40 miles of horse trails in the adjacent Pennyrile State Forest.

“This addition to Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park will make the grounds and surrounding area more attractive to horse owners,” Mrs. Beshear said. “The park will be a welcome addition to our list of adventure tourism opportunities in this part of Kentucky.”

The eight sites have electric, water and sewer hookups as well as hitching posts. The project also added an energy saving bathhouse and upgrades to four existing sites used by RV campers.

Joining Mrs. Beshear for the opening ceremony was Parks Commissioner Gerry van der Meer, Executive Director for Kentucky’s Office for Adventure Tourism Elaine H. Wilson, and Jenny Sewell, Kentucky Recreational Trails Authority Board Member and president of the Friends of Pennyrile Forest.

The Kentucky State Parks now have four campgrounds with equestrian campsites: Pennyrile Forest, Carter Caves, Dale Hollow Lake and Taylorsville Lake. The Kentucky State Parks operate 31 campgrounds across the state. For information and reservations, visit parks.ky.gov

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