Prestonsburg, KY Trails and Maps

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Explore the best rated trails in Prestonsburg, KY. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Dawkins Line Rail Trail and Phillips Creek Loop Trail. With more than 5 trails covering 31 miles you’re bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

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Benham Rail Trail

2.25 mi
State: KY
Crushed Stone

Bull Creek Pedestrian and Bike Trail

1.5 mi
State: VA
Crushed Stone

Dawkins Line Rail Trail

18 mi
State: KY
Crushed Stone

Phillips Creek Loop Trail

1 mi
State: VA
Dirt

Prestonsburg Passage Rail Trail

8.6 mi
State: KY
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Benham Rail Trail—also known as the Benham Walking Trail and Coal Miners Walking Trail—runs east to west across the small town of Benham on a former railroad corridor. The line, which was...
KY 2.25 mi Crushed Stone
The Bull Creek Pedestrian and Bike Trail, which will one day run 3 miles, lies in the coal-mining country of western Virginia. Following the route of a former Norfolk Southern coal train, the first...
VA 1.5 mi Crushed Stone
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...
KY 18 mi Crushed Stone
The short, relatively easy Phillips Creek Loop (also known as the Pine Mountain Trail) begins in a pleasant recreation area that is open May 15 to September 15 and provides paid parking, swimming,...
VA 1 mi Dirt
Opened in August 2020, Prestonsburg Passage Rail Trail represents more than just a recreation facility. As a worthy recipient of an Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Pilot Program grant, the trail stands as...
KY 8.6 mi Asphalt

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Benham Rail Trail

KY - 2.25 miles

The Benham Rail Trail—also known as the Benham Walking Trail and Coal Miners Walking Trail—runs east to west across the small town of Benham on a former railroad corridor. The line, which was...

Prestonsburg Passage Rail Trail

KY - 8.6 miles

Opened in August 2020, Prestonsburg Passage Rail Trail represents more than just a recreation facility. As a worthy recipient of an Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Pilot Program grant, the trail stands as...

Bull Creek Pedestrian and Bike Trail

VA - 1.5 miles

The Bull Creek Pedestrian and Bike Trail, which will one day run 3 miles, lies in the coal-mining country of western Virginia. Following the route of a former Norfolk Southern coal train, the first...

Benham Rail Trail

KY - 2.25 miles

The Benham Rail Trail—also known as the Benham Walking Trail and Coal Miners Walking Trail—runs east to west across the small town of Benham on a former railroad corridor. The line, which was...

Phillips Creek Loop Trail

VA - 1 miles

The short, relatively easy Phillips Creek Loop (also known as the Pine Mountain Trail) begins in a pleasant recreation area that is open May 15 to September 15 and provides paid parking, swimming,...

Prestonsburg Passage Rail Trail

KY - 8.6 miles

Opened in August 2020, Prestonsburg Passage Rail Trail represents more than just a recreation facility. As a worthy recipient of an Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Pilot Program grant, the trail stands as...

Bull Creek Pedestrian and Bike Trail

VA - 1.5 miles

The Bull Creek Pedestrian and Bike Trail, which will one day run 3 miles, lies in the coal-mining country of western Virginia. Following the route of a former Norfolk Southern coal train, the first...

Accordion

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...

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...

Benham Rail Trail

KY - 2.25 miles

The Benham Rail Trail—also known as the Benham Walking Trail and Coal Miners Walking Trail—runs east to west across the small town of Benham on a former railroad corridor. The line, which was...

Bull Creek Pedestrian and Bike Trail

VA - 1.5 miles

The Bull Creek Pedestrian and Bike Trail, which will one day run 3 miles, lies in the coal-mining country of western Virginia. Following the route of a former Norfolk Southern coal train, the first...

Phillips Creek Loop Trail

VA - 1 miles

The short, relatively easy Phillips Creek Loop (also known as the Pine Mountain Trail) begins in a pleasant recreation area that is open May 15 to September 15 and provides paid parking, swimming,...

Accordion

Prestonsburg Passage Rail Trail

KY - 8.6 miles

Opened in August 2020, Prestonsburg Passage Rail Trail represents more than just a recreation facility. As a worthy recipient of an Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Pilot Program grant, the trail stands as...

Recent Trail Reviews

Prestonsburg Passage Rail Trail

My wife and I broke down in October to ride this trail it was a beautiful trail was definitely go back it was very much worth the drive from Hamlin West Virginia

November, 2021 by meburdchc

My wife and I broke down in October to ride this trail it was a beautiful trail was definitely go back it was very much worth the drive from Hamlin West Virginia

Dawkins Line Rail Trail

Great Trail

October, 2021 by dstinson3

We started at the Jenny's Creek Trailhead and went for about 8 miles. The highlights are the fantastic trailheads (Jenny's Creek had a toilet and plenty of parking) and Griffith Family Farm market at Swamp Branch Trailhead (don't miss the opportunity to stop here for the baked treats and sandwiches). The detractor is the loose gravel in sections of the trail that tired us out very quickly. The owner of Griffith Family Farm market told us the section of trail up to Swamp Branch is scheduled for paving and the rest of the trail will remain crushed stone for horse riding.

Prestonsburg Passage Rail Trail

Excellent Trail with a "Bus Stop"

October, 2021 by dstinson3

This is a must visit trail and we will ride it again the next time we are in the area. Prestonsburg did a great job setting up this trail. They included picnic tables and benches along the trail and several bike repair stations. The best rest stop along the way was the covered bridge crossing Caney Creek at mile marker 6. Someone was very creative in placing the upper section of a school bus as the cover for the covered bridge. At the end of the asphalt, the old rail bed continues into David, KY. A store owner downtown told us they hope to continue the formal trail to David - can't wait.

Accordion

Prestonsburg Passage Rail Trail

Number 1 in the Bluegrass

September, 2021 by kcatron

I’ve been on just about all of the “Rail to Trails” in Ky. and this is head and shoulders above the rest. Cleanest trail, cleanest restrooms, well maintained, just an absolute gem. Thank you Prestonsburg and Floyd Co..

Prestonsburg Passage Rail Trail

prestonsburg passage trail

September, 2021 by elizadams

This trail is 8.5 miles asphalt. Beautiful area. Several wooden bridges and school bus cover . In the summer there is lots of shade. There are several sheds, picnic tables , bike racks, and port-a potties. Also water access in 3 locations. The trail is flat no hills or incline … we very much enjoy this trail and ride it often - we live near by.

Dawkins Line Rail Trail

Nice trail

July, 2021 by jwyrick550

We went in at Jenny Creek and rode to a little pass Gun Creek tunnel. The path had some fresh limestone down that was hard to ride through at spots. We all have hybrid bikes and were able to handle the path well for the most part. You do go gradually uphill for a few miles and then down hill is nice, its pretty much a straight line. Half sun/half shade. About 6 miles in a dog joined us that we could not shake. She stayed on the side, and didn't get in our way riding, I'm sure we were not her first escort. She was the best part of the trail, her tag said owners name but not hers and turns out her name was Marly, she's brown hound dog mix. All six of us said she was the best part of the trip, she hung with us like a champ. She even posed with our group picture in front of the tunnel which I sent to the owner so they knew where she was. We found out she is known to join bikers and you won't be able to shake her. On the way back we stopped at the Griffith Farmer's Market (well worth the stop) that is where we learned of her name and they held her for us and called the owner. If you are ever by this path, it is worth it, hopefully you'll see Marly. We ended up doing 13 one way (26 total) Marly was with us for about 10-12 of them. Recommended path.

Dawkins Line Rail Trail

Worth a Visit

June, 2021 by jawinner

We rode from the Jenny Creek trailhead (mile 3.8) to the Tip Top Tunnel entrance (mile 25.3?) and back, for about 43 miles total. There were a couple things to mention. The previous reviewer says the tunnel is open, he means the shorter Gun Creek tunnel, not Tip Top which is still a mess inside. FYI near Carver there are a couple miles of actual paved trail that we did not know would be there, kind of an odd section to be paved but it's there! Also the last mile or so to Tip Top is rougher gravel and has had the gates vandalized and people can drive right up to the tunnel, we met a couple side-by-sides on the section.

The gravel is pretty well packed most of the route, but horse tracks have made it rough for bikes in a few sections. Two sections had loose gravel that was hard to ride through with my hybrid bike. The trail station and farm store at the Swamp Branch trailhead is really nice - give them some business and buy something. The only other stores we saw were a dollar general and old gas station convenience store in Royalton. Water fasucets were turned off and bathrooms locked in late June 2021 when we were there. Also one of the neighbors has a dog that routinely follows people for miles as we were told - we couldn't outrun her on our bikes until she got tired after Royalton.

Prestonsburg Passage Rail Trail

Pleasant Summer Day

June, 2021 by dmsgls101020

Very Nice Trail – The pavement is new. There is a lot of upgrading taking place. There are around 10 or poles that stretch across the path with a narrow passage for bikes. The track is 8.5 miles long. Most of the track is shaded. It is basically straight and easy to bike, remarkably close to level.

Prestonsburg Passage Rail Trail

The Prestonsburg Ride

June, 2021 by dmsgls101020

Great! It is a great experience and we recommend it. The track is around 8.5 miles from end to end. The pavement is new. Much of the work is complete. It is an easy ride. There is one very good place to park in Prestonsburg. Don't bother to park anywhere else. If there is a negative it would be the blocking method used to keep motorized vehicles off this trail. Picture a bar across the trail that leaves just enough room to ride your bike through. On the one side is the metal yellow pole about 4 inches in diameter. Most of the poles will be lower than your handlebar, but at least one maybe two the same level. You will enjoy the bridge with a school bus cab place over it. Take time to record your name on the remaining space inside the bridge. Most of the trail is shaded with trees, great for summer riding. It is a very family-friendly place.

Dawkins Line Rail Trail

The Tunnel is Open!!

May, 2021 by trent.eastman

As of May 10, 2021, The Tunnel is Open! I rode 22 miles of the trail (from The North Eastern entry point at Paintsville to Royalton. (Note, the trail goes beyond Royalton another 12 miles). Along the trail, there are two trail heads that provide parking—one at around 6 miles from the Northern trail entry point and the other at Royalton. The most scenic part of the trail is between the 10 miles between these two trailheads. The highlight of the entire trail is the tunnel. It is worth seeing and going through. Note, much of the trail follows a country road and cuts through people’s yards. There are several wonderful bridges along with the trial. The trail is mostly level, smooth, and consists of crushed stone. I give it four stars out of 5 due to the trail being a good condition and easy to ride, but much of it not very scenic. (The middle ten miles I give 5 stars).

Prestonsburg Passage Rail Trail

Well kept!

May, 2021 by 49tsk867jm

Trail looks new, asphalt and no hills. Port-a-potty was clean and had toilet paper! It was a beautiful day and the trail is very pretty! Want to go back and ride bikes one day!!

Prestonsburg Passage Rail Trail

Can’t wait to go back! The Adkins Family from Pikeville, KY

March, 2021 by mmullins0092

This was such a beautiful trail! My husband and bonus son rode 13 miles round trip. It was flat and the asphalt was smooth. Couldn’t have asked for more beautiful scenery! We will be making this an every weekend trip!

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