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.


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

Lots of potential but not kept up well and.only one major attraction.

   July, 2014 by Coolbeans4me

We rode this trail today. We parked at the public parking lot next to the Marathon station at the eastern end of the trail because there is no trailhead here. Turn right off of Route 23 onto Route 1428 towards Hagerhill, Ky. And the Marathon is on the ...read more

It will only get better

   July, 2014 by har1982

Drove down from Huntington, WV yesterday and rode 18 miles on the trail. It was one of the nicest trails I have been on in a long time. The scenery is gorgeous, the wild life (including the dogs :)) is cute. Met several riders on the way and had great ...read more