Dawkins Line Rail Trail is a 18 mile point-to-point trail located near Paintsville, KY. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, and road biking.
Most recently a coal-hauling line owned by the R.J. Corman Equipment Company, the railroad corridor was originally constructed in the early 1900s by the Dawkins Lumber Companyhence the trail's nameto transport timber. The trail crosses eastern Kentucky's striking Appalachian region, home to the highest biodiversity in North America. The rail-trail passes historical coal structures and traverses a tunnel and 24 scenic trestles. It is also the site of a national forest and state park. Among the most unique features of this area, in fact, is the elk viewing. The trail's first phase from Hagerhill to Royalton in rural Johnson and Magoffin Counties opened in June 2013. The rail-trail will accommodate hikers, horseback riders and cyclists and serve as an adventure tourism attraction. In the future, the trail will extend farther west into Breathitt County.
great for beginners. plenty of scenery. a tunnel to go through about 13 miles in. the views are bland though from the hagerhill trail head though. I recommend starting at the swamp branch trail head. it is at about the 9mile point.
Walked from where the trail begins in Hager Hill to the Denver Post Office. Trail is well maintained, very easy, several nice bridges. Makes for an easy walk or bike ride.
Walked about 4 miles of this trail, follows the railroad tracks, crosses several wooden bridges, also good for bicycles.
good trail lots of nice people I road this trail on a bmx bike
trail is currently only half done at 17 miles as of 8/11/2013. Good ride though. many bridges and plenty of country side to view. Easy enough for beginners to ride yet enjoyable enough for more advance riders. This is also a horse trail for horse riders.