Dawkins Line Rail Trail

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In eastern Kentucky, 19 miles of the planned 36-mile Dawkins Line Rail Trail are open for use. Although only half-finished, the trail has already become the state's longest rail-trail.

Most recently a coal-hauling line owned by the R.J. Corman Equipment Company, the railroad corridor was originally constructed in the early 1900s by the Dawkins Lumber Company—hence the trail's name—to transport timber. The trail crosses eastern Kentucky's striking Appalachian region, home to the highest biodiversity in North America. The rail-trail passes historical coal structures and traverses a tunnel and 24 scenic trestles. It is also the site of a national forest and state park. Among the most unique features of this area, in fact, is the elk viewing.

The trail's first phase from Hagerhill to Royalton in rural Johnson and Magoffin Counties opened in June 2013. The rail-trail will accommodate hikers, horseback riders and cyclists and serve as an adventure tourism attraction. In the future, the trail will extend farther west into Breathitt County.

Parking and Trail Access

The Dawkins Line Rail Trail is most easily accessed off State Route 825 approximately 1 mile west of Mill Creek Road in rural Johnson County.


Potential if used correctly

   February, 2015 by biggdawg

Here's how this trail is defined bumpy, lumpy, knobbly, stony, rocky, rugged, rutted, pitted, rutty. I agree with billybob357's earlier post. Not for the cycling people, unless you have a full suspension MTN BIKE & that will make it a little better. ...read more

Lots of potential, Great for horses and walkers

   December, 2014 by billybob357

I had been very excited about the construction of this trail for some time and finally got to go ride it. It's a beautiful trail with lots of potential. It appears to be a great trail for walkers and horses but I couldn't give it five stars because I ...read more

interesting scenery

   October, 2014 by kim.cecil.9

The trail is still in the works, but there is already 19 miles completed, and I'm not sure what some of these previous riders were talking about. I am glad I did not listen to their reviews. The gravel is harder to ride on than pavement (of course) and ...read more