Prestonsburg Passage Rail Trail


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Prestonsburg Passage Rail Trail Facts

States: Kentucky
Counties: Floyd
Length: 8.6 miles
Trail end points: Archer Park (Prestonsburg) and David
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 11577506

Prestonsburg Passage Rail Trail Description

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 a part of enhancing tourism. The trail occupies a former CSX railroad bed, beginning in Prestonsburg and winding southwest through the Middle Creek National Battlefield and terminating in the former coal town of David.

The rail-trail meanders a smooth asphalt path through the beautiful landscape. Most of its length, it is shrouded by a canopy of trees and numerous areas where the sky opens to expose the surrounding countryside. The path crosses underneath State Route 114/Mountain Parkway with caution gates at several crossings providing easy access. The trail features six restored bridges along its route, including an unique former school bus with its roof and sides providing a wonderful photo spot. While the path starts about a quarter mile easterly in West Prestonsburg, a convenient starting point is Archer Park, where bikers, walkers and even strollers can find ample space to park and unload.

The trail is flat and is provides an immersive trip through nature & history for visitors of all ages. Only non-motorized uses are allowed.


Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at Archer Park in Prestonsburg (66 Archer Park Rd, Prestonsburg). The parking lot is connected to the trail by short connector trail.

Prestonsburg Passage Rail Trail Reviews

Warm October Day

Easy ride on new asphalt trail. Left from Archer Park and got to school bus trestle at 6.5 miles. Return for 13 mile round trip. Only comment is to watch the cross barriers that are tight to ride through if you are new to trail rides.

Worth the drive from Ashland, KY

What a beautiful ride. This trail is very scenic and enjoyable. We loved the parking, which was at Archer Park where we felt safe leaving our vehicle. We will return (-:

Great ride for all levels!

Coolest school bus bridge ever! Has to be the flattest rail trail in Eastern Kentucky with a good asphalt cover which makes it a joy even for beginning riders! Foliage was just beginning to change when we were there. Going back in 2 weeks and I am sure it will be spectacular! AND there are portapotties along the trail for those that need them!


Such a wonderful trail to walk and also imagine the Union and Confederate troops that traversed this same area over 155 years ago. Great views of a great portion of the Middle Creek National Battlefield.


Absolutely Wonderful!!!

Beautiful scenery ... painted railroad mile markers... each one unique. School Bus Covered Bridge.... Iron Bridge ...6 bridges in all. Deer and wildlife all along the trail. A uniquely wonderful ride or hike!!! Recommend it highly!!!

What a gem!!

I rode this pristine brand new trail this week and was blown away with the beauty, the quality of asphalt and the coolest bridge ever! Worth the drive

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