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.

Reviews

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

Royalton Bike Shop

   October, 2014 by multisport1

There is now a small bicycle shop/coffee shop at the Royalton trail head parking lot, at the intersection of Rt 7 and 867. It is only open on weekends for now, they sell and rent both mountain and road bikes, as there are many great road routes (867, ...read more

First time trail rider

   September, 2014 by kkway

I usually ride on roads, so this was my first time on a gravel path. I had read all of the reviews before the ride. The path was smoother than I expected especially since it had suffered extensive flooding in August 2014. Some of the repairs were still ...read more