Dawkins Line Rail Trail

EASY 17 reviews

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.

DISTANCE
17.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1712 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

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.

mountain biking
9 days ago

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

hiking
22 days ago

mountain biking
29 days ago

Nice ride!

1 month ago

Love it turned out to be a great trail

geocaching
1 month ago

3 months ago

6 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

mountain biking
10 months ago

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

mountain biking
10 months ago

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

Saturday, April 30, 2016

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

Saturday, August 24, 2013

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.