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Dawkins Line Rail Trail

18 mi
State: KY
Crushed Stone

Gallia County Hike & Bike Trail

8.5 mi
State: OH
Crushed Stone

Wellston Bike Path

1.78 mi
State: OH
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
In eastern Kentucky, 18 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 ...
KY 18 mi Crushed Stone
The Gallia County Hike & Bike Trail follows an old railroad right-of-way between Bidwell and Gallipolis, at the Ohio River. Though are plans to develop a total of 28 miles (to include Vinton County and ...
OH 8.5 mi Crushed Stone
From Friends of the Kanawha Trestle Trail website: The Kanawha Trestle Trail is being developed as a multi-use non-motorized trail system to connect the Mound in South Charleston to the State Capitol. ...
WV 6 mi
The Wellston Bike Path is just under 2 miles, but when combined with the path around Lake Alma, you can make it a 5-mile round-trip. North of town, the path parallels State Route 349, making for a pleasant ...
OH 1.78 mi Asphalt

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Gallia County Hike & Bike Trail

OH - 8.5 miles

The Gallia County Hike & Bike Trail follows an old railroad right-of-way between Bidwell and Gallipolis, at the Ohio River. Though are plans to develop a total of 28 miles (to include Vinton County and ...

Wellston Bike Path

OH - 1.78 miles

The Wellston Bike Path is just under 2 miles, but when combined with the path around Lake Alma, you can make it a 5-mile round-trip. North of town, the path parallels State Route 349, making for a pleasant ...

Dawkins Line Rail Trail

KY - 18 miles

In eastern Kentucky, 18 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 ...

Gallia County Hike & Bike Trail

OH - 8.5 miles

The Gallia County Hike & Bike Trail follows an old railroad right-of-way between Bidwell and Gallipolis, at the Ohio River. Though are plans to develop a total of 28 miles (to include Vinton County and ...

Wellston Bike Path

OH - 1.78 miles

The Wellston Bike Path is just under 2 miles, but when combined with the path around Lake Alma, you can make it a 5-mile round-trip. North of town, the path parallels State Route 349, making for a pleasant ...

Dawkins Line Rail Trail

KY - 18 miles

In eastern Kentucky, 18 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 ...

Gallia County Hike & Bike Trail

OH - 8.5 miles

The Gallia County Hike & Bike Trail follows an old railroad right-of-way between Bidwell and Gallipolis, at the Ohio River. Though are plans to develop a total of 28 miles (to include Vinton County and ...

Kanawha Trestle Rail-Trail

WV - 6 miles

From Friends of the Kanawha Trestle Trail website: The Kanawha Trestle Trail is being developed as a multi-use non-motorized trail system to connect the Mound in South Charleston to the State Capitol. ...

Wellston Bike Path

OH - 1.78 miles

The Wellston Bike Path is just under 2 miles, but when combined with the path around Lake Alma, you can make it a 5-mile round-trip. North of town, the path parallels State Route 349, making for a pleasant ...

Recent Trail Reviews

Dawkins Line Rail Trail

Awesome trail!!!!

November, 2016 by garypreece

My first time mountain biking the Dawkins trail and it is a beautiful and fun trail. I passed several walkers, biking groups and a few horse back riders. The scenery is breath taking! I can't say enough good things about this trail or the people I met! I started at the marathon station at Hager hill and rode the entire length 24+ miles and back. Forty nine miles of fun and adventure. There is nothing boring about this trail. The locals have to be very proud of having such a wonderful state trail right in their own backyard.

Dawkins Line Rail Trail

Very pleased with this one

June, 2016 by nom nom the explorer

First time riding a rail trail. I was impressed with the obvious efforts that it must have taken to convert all the various number of bridges to become bicycle friendly. The crushed rock base of the trail wasn't bad at all. We started at midway the trail and headed west to the tunnel. Totally worth seeing!!

Dawkins Line Rail Trail

pleasantly surprised

May, 2016 by shep053

just recently rode from royalton to mile 3 in johnson co. the trail is in great shape all the rain has it really smooth dissapointing to see so few riders taking advantage of this trail. really a great place to ride

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Gallia County Hike & Bike Trail

Nice trail but only 4.1 miles long

May, 2016 by hart3man

May 2016 - Wanted to give this trail a try because it is fairly close to home. Was disappointed in the fact it is only 4.1 miles long starting at the Hastings Park. The trail is paved and recently had the edges mowed. You do cross several busy roads so I wouldn't recommend for families with small kids. We rode to the end at Holzer Hospital and turned around and rode back to town, was able to get 13 miles in fairly easy. I would give it a 3.5-4 stars

Dawkins Line Rail Trail

Update of my previous review

April, 2016 by cwburke

We have taken portions of this trail on numerous occasions since it first opened. The trail has grown in length on the SW end. Although I don't think the new section it is officially open, you can ride it.

Unfortunately the trail is not maintained well enough for anything but mountain bikes, unless you enjoy giggling your brains out on your hybrids (don't even consider a road bike). The main problem is the horses and the thousands of mini-potholes created by hoof indentations. Don't get me wrong, I don't personally mind the horses on this trail. I have had no issues with horses and their riders, and I don't mind sharing the trail with them, but horses do tear up the trail. Maybe if the maintenance people would drag the trail once a month that would help. But as I understand it, there are only two maintenance people plus some volunteers, so they probably don't have time for this.

Also, we noticed a lot more dogs this last visit. None offered to bite us but came onto the trail and barked at us. My wife is afraid of getting bit, so she was not a happy rider!

Last of all, why don't they open the two bathrooms on the trail? What are they for? They have been there a long time but are never open. Mystery bathrooms... They look good... I guess they must be for the governor or the president when they visit! The maintenance people don't seem to know either.

Dawkins Line Rail Trail

great trail

August, 2015 by trexcycles

Great trail i ride it regularly.I have ridden other trails and this is one of the best.After reading other reviews,I see that people have bad reviews.We need to understand this is not a blacktop trail it,s going to have bumps,gravels. snakes mud etc. this is nature,enjoy it If you can't ride well enough to ride around horse poop you need to ask yourself if bikeing is really for you .If your bike is too rough to ride on the trail maybe you have the wrong type of bike. If you want a smooth ride free of trail obstructions ride on the road.It never fails someone will complain every time.and if all the complaints were fixed people would find something else to complain about.Oh before i forget you who complain I have a solution to all your problems with the trail.Buy an indoor exercise bike so you have control of your environment ,but don't forget to get batteries for your tv changer so you won't have to get off,the bike to change channels

Dawkins Line Rail Trail

For the runner

July, 2015 by stephsargent

The trail is spectacular!! It's very well maintained and runs through a variety of different areas from fields, forest, and backyards. I have ran 11 miles of the trail begining at the Marathon at Hager Hill and ending 3 miles past the Swamp Branch trail head. I have not found a better place to run or couldn't imagine a better place. Surpised it isn't more well known. I can't wait to explore the rest of the trail. Thank you to anyone and everyone that has made this trail what it is.

Dawkins Line Rail Trail

June 23rd 2015 ride

June, 2015 by snake225

We just did a part of the trail ride from the trailhead in Royalton to the 114 trestle. The ride was a little bumpy but other then that it was a great ride. Not a seasoned rider here but it was a fun trip and was very sceneful this time of the year. Many people were out working on yards, gardens and such. Everyone was nice and we enjoyed it as a family. We will be returning for more trips. As for dogs, we never seen any that chased us at any point, but then again we did not ride the entire length of this trail, but we did see many dogs. If you go this time of the year, take plenty of water with you.

Dawkins Line Rail Trail

Great trail for walking or horses but leave everything home but mountain bikes.

June, 2015 by r1031

For this area this was one I was looking forward to riding, a hours drive from home and I'd planned on the trail becoming a regular trip. Very nice people and well maintained but a full time crew couldn't keep up with the hoof prints on the trail, I'm not against people enjoying horse riding but from what I've understood RT's are meant for exercise for cycling and walking. Horses should fall in the same category as ATV's and there are tails for them like the Hatfield and Mccoy system. The trail I give the 3 stars for the view and attempt to maintain, but the horse traffic takes the other two stars away. Pot holes from hoof's and poop, it was unrideable for the daughter on her hybrid bike with the bumps and holes. The horses we passed crowded the trail and were a bit scary to meet a rider at full gallop, I'm sure I'll read of a accident sometime involving a horse here. As far as cycling, I don't plan on returning and unless it is paved and something to enforce horse riding to be safer for all. I fould riding on my mountain bike a good ride where there was a lack of horses. I agree with billybob357's earlier post, this is not the best for cycling which is what RT's are all about but more of the local horse riders club. A real loss for the cycling community and I hope more people comment with other reviews.

Dawkins Line Rail Trail

Really enjoying this one!

June, 2015 by powerglide

Had a great ride today, my second time riding the complete trail and it just keeps getting better. The residents who border the trail are very friendly and keep the edges mowed.
Nice bike rental shop at the Royalton trail head, had a chance to visit with the owner and he is a seasoned rider and advocate of responsible trail use.
The trail is in fantastic shape and very well maintained.
Out and back ride on a very well graded limestone gravel base. I think I will ride my cross bike next trip.
There is another 8 miles of trail listed as undeveloped, will have to add that on the next trip.
I pray they never pave it, truly the nicest gravel trail I have ever rode.

Dawkins Line Rail Trail

More than just a little bumpy

May, 2015 by crimefighter560

I am an eastern Kentucky resident, so I was excited when I learned of the Dawkins Line Rail Trail only about an hours drive from my house. This was my first opportunity to ride the trail and was somewhat disappointed in the condition of the trail surface. It was heavily pitted with hoof prints and more than just a little bit bumpy. It's a wonderful trail with beautiful scenery. I can only imagine how enjoyable the ride would have been on a smoother surface.

Dawkins Line Rail Trail

Great new trail

May, 2015 by jonathan.d.rickman

My wife and I are both casual riders, both 44 years old. We rode from Royalton, through the Gun Creek Tunnel and back. I rode a hybrid with front suspension and she rode a hybrid without front suspension. She didn't really have any problems, but she did say it was a little bumpy for her. The trail appeared to have many fresh repairs. We met some volunteers on a clean-up crew who were very nice and informative. There is a little horse poop, but no so much that it's hard to dodge. The tunnel is great, many neat bridges, beautiful scenery.

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