Instead of an Iron Horse, Converted Trail Serves Four-Legged Variety

Jun 24, 2013

Another 18 miles of eastern Kentucky natural scenery is now open to horseback riders, cyclists, and hikers.  The Dawkins Rail Trail runs through Johnson and Magoffin counties.  Kentucky Tourism Spokesman Gil Lawson says the path was originally used by railroads.

“What’s interesting about the trail is it was once a rail line and that section has 24 tressells and a tunnel that 662 feet long at gun creek.  Those are interesting features for people who are either riding their bikes, or walking, or riding their horses ” said Lawson.

Lawson says the state now operates five campgrounds suitable for campers with horses.  They are located at Carter Caves, Taylorsville Lake, Dale Hollow Lake, Pennyrile Forest, and Greenbo Lake State Parks.

“These are campgrounds that have things to tie your horse up with, water, enough space for your horse trailer.  So, they are specifically for people who are camping with their horses and then using the trails at the state park,” added Lawson.

Lawson says plans are already being made to add another 18 miles to the Dawkins Rail Trail in Breathitt County.