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Best trails in Paintsville

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Looking for a great trail near Paintsville, Kentucky? AllTrails has 5 great views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Grayson Lake State Park or Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Grayson Game Refuge Area or Paint Creek Park, Paintsville KY. Ready for some activity? There are 3 moderate trails in Paintsville ranging from 2.4 to 22.1 miles and from 600 to 1,105 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Paintsville
Top trails (5)
#1 - Dawkins Line Rail Trail
Paintsville, Kentucky
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Length: 17.5 mi • Est. 7 h 45 m
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 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.Show more
#2 - Red Jacket-Concord Trail
Paint Creek Park, Paintsville KY
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 3 h 48 m
An 8.1 mile loop trail along the hilltops and ridges of downtown Paintsville, this trail will take you to Flat Rock and Skull Rock Overlooks. Then, it's all downhill to Thealka where you will join the Concord Connection Trail to Paintsville's Golf Course. Please note that a large portion of this trail is on shared roads with motor vehicles.Show more
#3 - Spice Lick Swimming and Fishing Area
Paintsville Lake State Park
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Length: 0.2 mi • Est. 5 m
Fishing, Swimming & Cliff Jumping! Show more
#4 - Skull Rock Trail
Paintsville, Kentucky
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 29 m
#5 - Levisa Fork: Paintsville to Ulysses
Paintsville, Kentucky
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Length: 22.1 mi