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The Dawkins Line Rail Trail is the longest rail-trail in Kentucky, spanning 36 miles from Hagerhill to Evanston in the eastern part of the state. The rail-trail accommodates horseback riders, bicyclists, walkers, and runners, and serves as an adventure tourism attraction. Its primary surface is crushed stone, but there is a 3-mile paved portion from the Royalton trailhead toward Tip Top Tunnel. (Please note that the Tip Top Tunnel is not yet open.)
Most recently a coal-hauling line owned by the R.J. Corman Company, the railroad corridor was originally constructed in the early 1900s by the Dawkins Lumber Company—hence the trail's name.
The rail-trail crosses eastern Kentucky's striking Appalachian region, passes relics from the coal industry, traverses 24 scenic trestles, and heads through Gun Creek Tunnel, which spans nearly 700 feet. Historical sites also line the trail, including the one-room house where a small-town doctor used to serve mountain patients, century-old cemeteries, homesteads that belonged to turn-of-the-century inhabitants, and the remains of a former vault from an old bank building.
The trail's first phase from Hagerhill to Royalton in rural Johnson and Magoffin Counties opened in June 2013. Its second phase extended the route farther west into Breathitt County and included amenities for equestrians such as water fountains for both people and horses, hitching posts, mounting blocks, and corrals near Hagerhill and Royalton.
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