Appalachian Wildlife Foundation announces addition of open-air petting zoo

PINEVILLE, Ky. – The Appalachian Wildlife Foundation, a Blueprint Partner of SOAR, announced an addition to the planned wildlife reserve that will include an open-air petting zoo.

The 12,000-acre site in Bell County is home to an abundant wildlife community, including, bear, elk, and bobcats.  A visitor’s center is under construction and will feature a restaurant gift shop, artisan hall, and artisan center.

The center plans to open in 2021 and will attract 850,000 people a year and an estimated $175 million economic impact.  The project aligns with SOAR’s Regional Blueprint goals of establishing Appalachia Kentucky as a tourism destination and small business.  

Read more about the expansion HERE.

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