Kentucky’s adventure tourism effort is traveling down a new trail. Ground was broken Tuesday on the Dawkins Line project in eastern Kentucky. The trail, which runs along a former railroad line, is expected to attract hikers, horseback riders, and cyclists. It’s a 36 mile trek that travels through Johnson, Magoffin, and Breathitt counties. Work is underway for the first phase of the project. It spans 18 miles from Hagerhill in Johnson County to Royalton in Magoffin County.
Once completed, the Dawkins Line will be the longest rails to trails project in the state. Governor Beshear says developing these types of trails not only boost tourism dollars, but spurs other new business and economic development in nearby communities. The Kentucky State Parks received a multi county coal severance grant of half a million dollars to help support trail development.