ESTILL COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — After years of community organizing and fundraising, Estill County has finally been certified as a Trail Town.
Representatives with the state's tourism cabinet will be on hand to recognize the achievement for Ravenna and Irvine on Saturday.
This was a four year process and took volunteers and tourism officials working tirelessly to put Ravenna and Irvine on the map.
The Director of Tourism in Estill County, Jessica Stevens, touts the work they've done to promote the area as a destination for outdoor adventures, offering a scenic river trail and unique historical landmarks.
"We work really hard to put things like this on because we hate hearing there's nothing to do here, which isn't true at all. There's a lot to do, you just have to find short of what you're looking for," said Stevens.
The director said that the twin city Trail Town is not the first one of its kind in the state that offers a river trail. She hopes that this certification is just the beginning of a new chapter in the county.
A press conference celebrating the Trail Town certification will kick off Saturday morning during the county's Weekend on the Water event.
You can expect more visitors to the area Sunday when a historic locomotive arrives in Ravenna, where it will be turned into a tourist attraction.