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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Wilder Bluegrass Festival Planned as Stop for Licking River Canoe and Kayak Trail

A canoe/kayak trail is planned for the Licking River. (photo by Rdikeman, Creative Commons license)

By Robin Gee, City Council Beat Editor 

At the city's November council meeting, Wilder City Administrator Terry Vance announced he would provide a presentation on planned improvements to the Frederick's Landing Boat Launch at a meeting of the coalition working to bring a canoeing and kayaking trial experience to the Licking River.

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The Licking River Jacob Spears Trail would be a water-based trail that would span Kentucky on the Licking River from Paris all the way to the Ohio River in Cincinnati. Like the Appalachian trail for hikers, participants would be able to do parts or all of the trail, coming in and out as desired.

Paris, Kentucky, is said to be where bourbon got its start. It was home to farmer and distiller Jacob Spears, who brought bourbon up the Licking River on flatboats to the Ohio and beyond. Wilder, Newport, Taylor Mill and Covington are among the Northern Kentucky cities who would benefit from being a part of the trail and the state's rich bourbon history.

Cities are exploring ideas to tie events into the trail in different ways. For Wilder, plans are starting for the annual September bluegrass festival to be promoted as one of the tie-in attractions along the trail. Coalition members have penciled in the third Saturday of September to be included in planning for the trail activities, said Vance.

For more on the trail, check out the Licking Water Trail Alliance on Facebook or see the drone video produced by Covington’s Planning and Development Services (PDS) Department that shows Frederick's Landing and the Licking.

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