- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 7, 2015

MANCHESTER, Ky. (AP) - The community of Manchester in eastern Kentucky has been designated Kentucky’s ninth “Trail Town,” designed to help connect communities to trail systems and develop them as tourist destinations.

The Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet announced the designation Tuesday and said it helps communities improve their tourism economy.

Other Trail Towns in Kentucky are Dawson Springs, Livingston, Morehead, Olive Hill, London, Stearns, Elkhorn City and Jamestown.

Located in the Daniel Boone National Forest, Manchester is near Goose Creek, the Redbird River and the South Fork of the Kentucky River, streams that provide paddling and fishing opportunities.

There are also hiking, camping, ATV trails, horseback trails and cycling routes in the area, as well as swinging bridges.

The state helps promote Trail Towns and services being offered. More than 30 communities have started the application process.

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