18 miles currently open, plans to construct additional 18 miles,
unimproved trailheads located in Royalton and just outside of Riceville in Swamp Branch, hiking, cycling and horseback riding allowed on trail, 24 trestles, 662 ft. Gun Creek Tunnel
Kentucky's newest Rails to Trails project is now open to the public! The Dawkins Line Rail Trail in eastern Kentucky now has 18 miles open to hikers, cyclists and horseback riders. The Dawkins Line Rail Trail will not only be the newest Rails to Trail project in Kentucky, but will also be the longest. Once completed, the Dawkins Line will nearly double to total amount of Rails to Trails mileage in the Commonwealth. A very unique trail, there are 24 trestles on the first stretch of 18 miles alone. In addition, there is Gun Tunnel, which is 662 feet long. Starting at the Royalton Trailhead, trail users will be pleased with the gradual downhill slope of the trail along this stretch. The more adventurous can attempt to tackle the trail heading towards Royalton for a more intense workout. The Dawkins Line Rail Trail is a great way to experience a good quality trail, and see some of the best scenery and natural settings in eastern Kentucky.