About KRTA (Kentucky Recreational Trails Authority)

The 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.

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