Dawkins Line Rail Trail

Paintsville Lake State Park

Staffordsville, Kentucky


Located a short drive from the park, directions available at park or online. 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. Visit the website at: http://www.parks.ky.gov/parks/recreationparks/dawkins-line/default.aspx

  • Length: 18 mi
  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Horseback Riding
General Description

Paintsville Lake State Park sits on the shores of one of the most scenic lakes in eastern Kentucky. With steep cliffs and wooded coves along the shoreline, this lake provides 1,140 acres of boating, skiing, and fishing pleasure. The lake has a full service marina where you can rent a fishing, pontoon, or houseboat. After a day on the lake, relax on one of the 32 developed camp sites around the lake. The mountain homeplace sits adjacent to the lake and offers visitors a look at life from the late 19th century. Paintsville Lake State Park is a true mountain gem.


1551 KY 2275
Staffordsville, KY 41256

Region: Eastern
County: Johnson
Phone: 800-255-7275
Website: parks.ky.gov/parks/r...
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