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