KNOTT COUNTY HORSEBACK SPRING & FALL TRAIL RIDES
May 3-5 and October 4-6, 2013.
Admission will be $20.00 for all three days. 12 and under get in FREE.
Many come early and stay all week which is fine. No additional cost to come early.
BUT REMEMBER, the gate to campground will not open until 4pm the Sunday before the rides are scheduled.
The cost: $20 per person for the entire event, no matter if you come in at the first of the week or just for one day. Children 12 or under are admitted free.
No electricity on site although many people bring generators. Please Note: In the early morning and at dusk, one can hear the elk bugle this time of year which is amazing to hear. But loud generators block out the sound so, if you bring a generator, please try to bring a quiet one.
The local fire departments bring water up to the camping area and do an amazing job keeping the water troughs full.
Port-a-Johns are located throughout the camping area. A septic service for RV's will be available. The County also brings in a large trailer that sets up Thursday and offers hot showers for $5 each Friday - Sunday. Boy does it feel good after a full day of riding. Do bring your own towels.
Campfires are fine at your campsite. There are pickets to tie up your horses by the stage area which is also a great place to “park your horses” when grabbing a bite to eat at the concessions area.
Ice is for sale on site as is firewood.
The Mine Made Adventure Park is made up of hundreds of miles of trails on 43,000 acres of reclaimed coal land located just outside the towns of Leburn and Hindman in the Appalachian mountains of East Kentucky AND best of all - they are open YEAR ROUND!Hot showers are available for $5 (contact Tim Cody at (606) 233-0080). Click here for more information on the year-round campground.
The address to plug into your Navigation System is :
14 Clydean Road, Leburn KY 41831 This will actually take you to the BP Station at the intersection of Hwy 80 & Hwy 1098 where you will take Hwy 1098 North. Go exactly 2 miles to top of mountain and turn left onto Elk View Drive and follow the signs to the campground.
Exact GPS coordinates for the two locations:
Knott County ATV Safety Training Center/Campground 37 24 32 68n 82 59 39 80w
The cost for the entire weekend is $20 per person, children 12 and under are admitted for free. For more information contact (270) 782-8699, or (270) 792-5300 Cell or keep visiting us online for more information on the Trail Rides as well as other trails being developed in Knott County.
Knott County 2011 Spring Trail Ride was the biggest Spring Ride ever! Thousands of people from 15 different states attended this year’s event. Riders came from Mississippi , Indiana, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Florida , Michigan, Georgia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Alabama. We even had riders from Bethleham & Morris Connecticut, Kapolei Hawaii and Clipper Mills California.
Last Year's Spring Ride - May 4-6, 2012
The Knott County Spring Trail Ride was once again a huge success! Within 2 hours of the gates opening Sunday at 4:00, there were over 200 campers on-site even though the event would not officially start until the following Friday. Click here for photos.
Trail Riders and Campers came from sixteen states including Florida, Indiana, West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, Tennessee, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, Montana, Missouri, Texas and, of course, Kentucky. The average person stayed 4 ½ days and spent on average $558 while in the area. $152 was spent on food, $116 on gas, $112 on ice, firewood, camp fuel and showers, $285 spent on horses and tack and another $56 on T-shirts, photos and other memorabilia.
76% of those in attendance find out about the rides through the internet with 12% specifically mentioning Facebook and YouTube. 14% of those surveyed have attended all of the Knott County Trail Rides (both in May and October) since they started in the Fall of 2006. 8% have attended all but the first one; 5% have attended 7 of the rides; 8% have attended 5 rides; 9% have attended 3 rides with 15% having attended for the first time last Fall and a whopping 31% were attending for the very first time this Spring which means this event is continuing to grow!
Big group from Greenup this year! We also had first time visitors from Clarksville OH, Honaker VA, Edmonton KY, Dwale KY, Garner KY, Henderson NC, Kimper KY, Lee City KY, Lucasville OH, New Richmond OH, Pumpkintown SC, Sonora KY, Taylorsville KY, Washburn TN, Printer KY, Mt. Eden KY and Bee VA, just to name a few.
All who completed a survey had a chance to win an official Knott County Spring Trail Ride T-Shirt plus FREE Admission to the Fall Ride. Winners were: Summer Maynard (Chesapeake OH), Laurie Nowlin (Haysi VA), Bill Hurst (Greenup KY), James Coleman (Salyersville KY) and Rhett Leonard (Pumpkintown, SC).
Event planners are already looking at what they can do to make the Ride even better! This year they added a new portable shower house, more port-a-johns (some even had mirrors and hand sanitizers), firewood vendors, septic service for RV’s and a few more tie lines around the stage and food area. A water pump truck was purchased to help water the roads although by Friday morning, no water was necessary.
The 2012 Knott County Trail Ride Sponsors were Wayne's Supply of Hazard KY, Pine Branch Coal Company, Producer Feeds (producerfeeds.com), Childers Oil and FA Graphics. Thank you to each and every one for helping make the Spring Ride the best ever!
From Lexington: Take I-75 to I-64 east, exit onto the Mountain Parkway and follow to Highway 15 exit at Campton. Follow Highway 15 to Highway 80 east. Follow Hwy 80 east to the Highway 1098 intersection at Soft Shell. Follow Hwy 1098 to Elk View Drive. Follow Elk View Drive to Sutton Memorial Drive. This will lead you directly to the Trail Ride.
From London: Take the Daniel Boone Parkway east (this turns into Hwy 80 east at Hazard); follow Hwy 80 to the Highway 1098 intersection at Soft Shell; follow Hwy 1098 north to Elk View Drive; follow Elk View Drive to Sutton Memorial Drive to the Trail Ride.