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By: Ray Barnard

Daniel Boone Trailblazers

A Look at the Daniel Boone Trailblazers ATV Club

Stream crossings are not an uncommon sight on the Daniel Boone Trails.
Stream crossings are not an uncommon sight on the Daniel Boone Trails.

The Daniel Boone Trailblazers ATV Club was formed in the summer of 2006. Based in Leslie County, Kentucky, the membership not only includes local ATVers, but ATVers from several different states. The home riding area is located in the newly-established Daniel Boone Trail System that is also in Leslie County, Kentucky. With the goal of promoting safe, recreational ATV riding as well as contributing to the upkeep of the Daniel Boone Trail system, the Trailblazers also proudly volunteer in the upkeep of the Redbird Crest Trail System of segments 1 through 7, a range of 78 miles. The Trailblazers have proudly blazed a trail for other ATV Clubs by being the 1st ATV Club to partner with the U.S. Forestry Service, Daniel Boone National Forest in efforts of safeguarding safe, recreational OHV riding.

Whether it is taking a group of 2 to 200 on scenic tours of the beautiful landscape or taking a group to view the wonderful, friendly wild elk that graze the trail system, The Trailblazers offer FREE guide services to all tourists as well as playing host to the visitors of the Willie Begley RV Park/Campground which is located at the entrance of Daniel Boone Trails.

The Daniel Boone Trails is open year round, 24 hours a day. The Kenneth R. Witt Trailhead building houses ladies’ and men’s bathrooms and showers with a friendly staff on hand to meet every need, including even the muddy packs of Trailblazers and tourists who go on nigh rides every weekend. The Trailblazers do not want to forget to mention that the motto of the club is “IN MUD WE TRUST.”

Flora and fauna are not the only things you can see on these trails. The elk are plentiful.
Flora and fauna are not the only things you can see on these trails. The elk are plentiful.

There are three levels of riding trails available in this riding area that include easy, intermediate, and extreme. The Trailblazers are there, however, whether they are riding with other club members, taking a group on a tour, or just sitting on the plateau watching the herd of elk graze.

Trailblazer events still on the calendar for 2007 are:

AUGUST 3 - AUGUST 5 – THE ANNUAL OSBORNE BROTHERS HOMETOWN BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL featuring Dean Osborne and other famous Bluegrass groups that are internationally known. Proceeds benefit all Leslie County Fire Departments. Feeway Trail and Jo-Bar Run lead straight to the festivities.

AUGUST 31 - SEPTEMBER 2 – Features a LABOR DAY POKER RUN AND ROAST hosted by the
Trailblazers. Prizes include money/ATV accessories, free food for entrants, RV contests, fireworks, and more.

OCTOBER 5, 6, and 7 is the MARY BRECKINRIDGE FESTIVAL. TRAILS LEAD STRAIGHT TO THE ACTIVITIES.

If it's mud you want, you'll find plenty of it in this locale. Enjoy!
If it's mud you want, you'll find plenty of it in this locale. Enjoy!

OCTOBER 6, 9 A.M.: TRAILBLAZERS CLUB MARY BRECKINRIDGE RIDE: SCHEDULED AT 9 A.M. SHARP. Leaving from the DB Trails EVERYONE WILL BE RIDING IN THE PARADE. From there the club will be checking out the Festival and then riding back through Hyden (YES, ATVS ARE ALLOWED TO RIDE IN TOWN) to the National Historic Landmark, The Home of Mary Breckinridge and trails, trails, trails. Participants can expect a 10-12 hour ride.

OCTOBER 19 - OCTOBER 21 – features the FALL JAMBOREE. This is the Trailblazers’ Annual Fall Jamboree featuring mud bog, drag races, an obstacle course, live music, trail rides, pig roast, and more starting with a bonfire and a night ride Friday night.

OCTOBER 26, 27, 28 - HALLOWEEN AT THE PARK. There will be a Chili Cook-off, RV and Costume Trophies, Kids Games, and more.

DECEMBER 15 - ANNUAL SNOW BALL FIGHT ON THE MOUNTAINS – The Trailblazers Annual “Snow Ball Fight on the Mountain” happens on this date. The one with the most snowballs wins half the money and 100s of dollars of ATV accessories with drawings to be held every 30 minutes for prizes.

Membership dues for the club will be $20 per year that are payable by June 1 of each year.

A person’s $20 membership includes a membership card which grants free riding privileges on Daniel Boone Trails; a 20% discount at the RV Park; a 50% discount off one item each of club merchandise, and a free club sticker.

One’s $25 membership includes all of the above plus an official club t-shirt.

This picture confirms that when you see this entry way fun is just beyond. You've arrived!
This picture confirms that when you see this entry way fun is just beyond. You've arrived!

New members also agree that by joining the Trailblazers Club they will “tread lightly” and keep the forest free from litter. They will also agree to release Leslie County Fiscal Court and its members, any and all landowners, and any and all club members, plus all parties that may benefit from ATV rides from any injury to one’s self and anyone else in his or her party from any damage to their ATV or any vehicles used on the ride.

Sponsors associated with the club include: WWW.THEATVFACTORY.com, Andy’s Cycle Sales, Legend Motorsports, Inc., and KYOutdoors.com.

A map can be accessed at tb.kyoutdoors.com website.

Links to other clubs can also be viewed at the above website.

An extensive amount of information can be accessed at the tb.kyoutdoors.com website.

Check the Trailblazers out. You’ll be glad you did.


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