Boone’s Ridge offers potential economic growth for EKY

MIRACLE, Ky. (WYMT) — Boone’s Ridge was created with a mission to bring economic growth to the region, and construction looks brighter every day.

“It will be one of the biggest tourist attractions in the state, one of the biggest in the region, capitalizing on the beauty, wildlife, history and culture of this region,” said the president of the Appalachian Wildlife Foundation, David Ledford.

All kinds of wildlife lurk in the area, making Boone’s Ridge a great location for anyone who enjoys outdoor adventure.

“In over a year, including migration, someone could see over 200 species of birds here,” David Ledford said.

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The Appalachian Wildlife Foundation is also preparing indoor educational exhibits, as well as a restaurant and a chance to take home a piece of Appalachian culture.

“We’re going to have a 14-unit mall that will look like an old town, but with local, regional, and national artists featured in this mall,” Ledford said.

The expected number of visitors is impressive.

“With one million visitors per year, the annual impact in the region will be over $200 million per year. When all four phases are complete and we are operational, we will have approximately 360 employees,” said Ledford.

Due to supply chain issues, Ledford said Boone’s Ridge will not open to the public until spring 2024. It was originally scheduled to open in summer 2023.

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