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June 6, 2014

Gobblers Arch hike set to celebrate trails day

CORBIN — By Kristina Smith / Staff Writer

A tradition continues Saturday when Cumberland Falls State Park acts as a guide for a National Trails Day hike.

For the past four years, Cumberland Falls State Park has celebrated National Trails Day with either a service project or a hike, and this year the park is offering a hike to Gobbler’s Arch – a natural rock arch located in the Daniel Boone National Forest.

“The trail to Gobbler’s Arch is very nice.  It’s five and a half miles and is considered a moderate to difficult trail,” said Trails Maintenance Supervisor Pamela Gibson.

Gibson encourages hikers to bring their cameras and fully take in the scenery.  The purpose behind National Trails Day is for people to appreciate the national parks and trails and become more educated on how they can give back to the parks.

“When people spend time on the trails, and invest in the trails, they’re more likely to take care of it,” Gibson said.  “We’re just trying to make people aware of conservation efforts.”

Gibson stresses that all hikers wear closed-toe shoes and bring an extra pair of socks.  Hikers are also asked to bring water and snacks, as the hike will last most of the day.

Hikers will leave from the Cumberland Falls State Park visitor’s center at 8:30 a.m. for McCreary County and return around 4 p.m.

For more information contact Cumberland Falls State Park at 1-800-325-0063 or Gibson at 606-516-1750.

 

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