Kentucky Tourism

Dawkins Line Rail Trail Swamp Branch, KY


Dawkins Line Rail Trail
HWY 825
Swamp Branch, KY 41240
BikingHikingHorseback Riding
Phase 1 - 18 mi

Currently, the Dawkins Line Rail Trail is 18 miles long. An additional 18 miles will be added in the second phase of the trail work — when completed, the path will be 36 miles. This trail, built on top of rails from an out-of-use rail bed, is a major attraction for walkers, bicyclists and horseback riders from all over Kentucky and beyond. Many come to ride or walk with friends and others incorporate it into their daily active routines.

The first 18-mile leg of the trail, from Hagerhill in Johnson County to Royalton in Magoffin County, was opened to hikers, cyclists and horseback riders on June 15, 2013. This 18-mile section features 24 trestles and the Gun Creek Tunnel, which is 662 feet long. The trail follows the old Dawkins Line railroad bed that runs from Hagerhill to Evanston, KY. The Dawkins Line Rail Trail is the largest rail-to-trail in the state. Check back for updates about trail construction and make plans to visit this excellent hike and bike trail.

The restroom facilities on the Dawkins Line Rail Trail are closed. They are still under contract and controlled by the Kentucky Department of Transportation with the PHASE II construction along the Dawkins Line Rail Trail. Once work has been completed, the Kentucky Department of Parks will take ownership. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please call Paintsville Lake State Park at 606-297-8486 if you need to report maintenance issues.
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