Designated trails for horse riders, mountain bikers at Daniel Boone National Forest

U.S. Forest Service officials announced a new management direction Wednesday for trails in the Cave Run Lake area of the Daniel Boone National Forest.

Under the new direction, horse riders and mountain bikers will each have their own designated trail system. All the trails will be open to hikers.

The separated use is intended to enhance the quality of experience for all users. Equestrian use will be designated near existing horse camps and trails. Bike use will be zoned where trails, both existing and newly constructed, can access nearby campgrounds.

Forest managers began working with trail users several years ago to look for alternative ways to manage the system. A large portion of the area west and south of Cave Run Lake, including the Caney Loop Trail and Murder Branch, will be designated for horseback riding and hiking only. A portion of the area west of Cave Run Lake will be designated for mountain biking and hiking.

In addition, new mountain bike loop trails are planned for construction north of the lake, and 28 miles of currently closed Forest Service roads will be opened to connect loop trails and expand horseback and mountain bike riding opportunities.