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Leaf-changing season could be economic shot in the arm for eastern Kentucky counties recovering from 2022 floods

Jenny Wiley State Park is one of the major tourism attractions in Floyd County.
Mark Wohlander
Floyd County Tourism
Jenny Wiley State Park is one of the major tourism attractions in Floyd County.

Fall has arrived and leaves are about to get colorful and that’s good news for eastern Kentucky counties still recovering from last year’s floods. Misha Curnutte is the tourism director for Floyd County. She said plenty of folks visit this time of year, driving through or stopping for a spell.

“Absolutely. Especially motorcycle riders, we get a lot of those through here to see the leaves. So we're kind of in the early stages of that right now. I don't think they've quite started to change yet.”

Curnutte said the Wayland Museum, a major Floyd County tourism attraction, is still being repaired after last year’s floods, but overall, tourism’s rebounding quite well. She said some visitors came during the early days of COVID, when outdoor activities were safest.

“We're a prime example of the greatest place to come to do those sorts of things. So we're still getting those people who visited during COVID that enjoyed it, and now they're coming back.”

Curnutte said a new boat ramp on one of Floyd County’s river trails at Banner/Allen isn’t officially open – but it’s usable.

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John McGary is a Lexington native and Navy veteran with three decades of radio, television and newspaper experience.
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