Dawkins Line Rail Trail is a 17.5 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Paintsville, Kentucky that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
17.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,059 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

bird watching

views

wild flowers

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.

hiking
1 month ago

I used to ride this trail on my road bike. Today my daughter and I hiked it. we did two and a half mile out and then came back to for a total of 5 miles. It is a great trail for introducing kids to trails, now it is an old railroad route, so you never get that in the woods feeling, but again its a great trail for covering the basics for new hikers or if you want to test new shoes or gear. Really no elevation gain. I will hike the entire trail at some point this year. So if you are new to hiking or introducing someone new to hiking, there are worse places you could go. Trail is very distinct and marked well.

6 months ago

beautiful bike trail

mountain biking
Saturday, September 09, 2017

I have biked the entire trail but mainly stay on the Johnson County/Hager Hill side. Great, relaxing place for a bike ride.

mountain biking
Sunday, August 20, 2017

Nice ride!

Friday, August 04, 2017

Love it turned out to be a great trail

Sunday, March 12, 2017

First bike ride since I was a kid. First bike ride intended for 'cycling' or exercise. the uphills were somewhat difficult for a first time rider but someone with moderate experience would have no trouble. beautiful views.

mountain biking
Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Nice ride. There was a lot to see from scenery to man made things like the tunnel.

mountain biking
Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Beautiful bike ride through interesting country. I loved the tunnel.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

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.

walking
Wednesday, June 04, 2014

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.

walking
Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Walked about 4 miles of this trail, follows the railroad tracks, crosses several wooden bridges, also good for bicycles.

road biking
Monday, February 03, 2014

good trail lots of nice people I road this trail on a bmx bike

mountain biking
Sunday, August 11, 2013

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.

recorded Dawkins Line Rail Trail

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11 months ago

mountain biking
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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