Hiking Trails

Brownsboro Alliance plans
spring trail walk

The walk to be led by Tavia Cathcart of Creasey Mahan

BROWNSBORO, Ky. – The sun is shinning brightly and fresh breezes blowing, the perfect time for a scenic spring walk in the woods. A great opportunity to trek through the woods while learning about the flora and fauna around you will be offered by Brownsboro Alliance Trail Association the day before Mother’s Day.  
Wildflower expert Tavia Cathcart Brown will lead a Spring Walk on the Brownsboro Trail from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 9. This event will benefit the Brownsboro Alliance Trail Association.
Brown is Executive Director of the Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen, Ky. She is also co-author of the field guide, “Wildflowers of Tennessee, The Ohio Valley and The Southern Appalachians, 2nd Edition.”

Tavia Cathcart

Cost is free for association members. Cost for families is $25, with $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Boxed lunches from Red Pepper Deli can be ordered online or participants can bring their own food and tailgate in the trailhead area.
Even though Brownsboro Alliance has board members “who are great horsewomen and hikers, our knowledge of the various native plants and flowers on the trail is limited,” said Cathy Roberts, executive director of Brownsboro Alliance. “Tavia is the expert in her field and in our area. We will be marking the plants and flowers she identifies for all who experience the trail in the future.”
It will be a day to learn about native plants, enjoy the fresh outdoors, bird watch and have fun with family and friends. The association has a number of scheduled events throughout the year to “get members, their guests and visitors out on the trail to experience it,” said Roberts.
The group held a Winter Tree Walk in January in which a certified arborist helped participants identify trees during the winter season. “The Spring Walk allows us to show off the trail in another season. It is simply providing an opportunity for an individual or family to experience the trail, hike and just enjoy a few hours outside together,” Roberts said.
Proceeds from this event will benefit Brownsboro Alliance’s trail system project. Brownsboro Alliance has worked for the past 15 years to renew and reconnect the economy, environment and people of Brownsboro into a sustainable, innovative, rural community.
In 2013, Brownsboro Alliance proposed to landowners to connect a natural trail system through the scenic farms of Brownsboro for hiking and horseback riding. The first phase of the project consists of an eight-mile trail running through three different landowner properties.
The first phase was completed in fall 2014 at a price of $40,000 after landowner license agreements were secured for the first eight miles. A trailhead was installed at Foxhollow Farm at the intersection of Hwy 329 and 1694 in Crestwood.
Maintenance of trails cost $15,000 annually for the first eight-mile section. Proceeds from this Spring Walk will go toward maintaining the existing trials and expanding them.
The University of Louisville has partnered with Brownsboro Alliance “to expand the trail through their property so we will be adding more miles to hike and horseback ride this summer,” said Roberts. Through this partnership, “there are several directions in which the trail can expand its route.”
Roberts added that Phase II of this project has “many possibilities. We have other landowners just waiting for us to connect through their land.”

The Brownsboro Alliance Trail Association is a not-for-profit 501c(3) that depends heavily on volunteers and donations. For more information please visit: www.BrownsboroAlliance.org.

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