Author Archives: Stacey Blanton

January Meeting Scheduled

NOTE:  Due to inclement weather, the January Meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, January 28th
The Friends of Dawkins Line Rail Trail will meet Thursday, January 21, 2016 beginning at  6:00 pm  
at Salyersville City Hall.  Please make plans to attend.

Portion Of Dawkins Line Closed Oct. 24 For Special Event

carriageROYALTON, Ky. – An 8-mile section of the Dawkins Line Rail Trail will be temporarily closed on Oct. 24 for a special event.
The trail will be closed to the public from Royalton to Swamp Branch from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for an equestrian event involving horses and buggies. The closure is for safety purposes.

To view all of the ruled and regulations of the carriage ride, please Click Here.
The Dawkins Line Rail Trail is an 18-mile trail running from Johnson County to Magoffin County at Royalton. It will eventually be 36 miles and end in Breathitt County.
The trail is managed by the Kentucky Department of Parks.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges — more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at

Apple Run to be Held on Dawkins Trail

pfynj0rhrtvpygCome enjoy the 48th running of the Kentucky Apple Festivals Apple Run!.   The Course is finding a new home on the Dawkins Rail Trail near Paintsville Kentucky.  The event will start and finish at the Jenny’s Creek Trail Head near Colista, Kentucky (easily findable by signage) and will run 1.55 miles in either direction on the trail.  The trail at this point is very flat and fast, with a composite hard pack limestone top.

For more information, please visit our site

September Meeting

Friends of the Dawkins Line Rail Trail will meet Thursday, September 17th beginning at 6:00 pm at Salyersville City. Everyone is invited and welcomed to attend.

Tee shirts are on sale for $12. Please pm me if interested in purchasing one.

A Note of Warning…

Just a reminder that the section of trail from the Sublett Trailhead to Carver “Tiptop” Tunnel has not been officially turned over to the Kentucky Department of Parks. This section is still under the management of the Kentucky Department of Transportation.

It is advised NOT to use this section until it is officially opened and turned over to the KyPARKS Department. The same applies to the Sublett Trailhead Restrooms and the Jenny’s Creek Restrooms. KyPARKS anticipates those to be turned over to our agency soon; however, a lot depends on the construction of the bridge.

Thank you for your patience.

August Meeting Scheduled

The Friends. Group of Dawkins Line Rail Trail will hold the monthly meeting August 20, 2015 at Salyersville City Hall beginning at 6:00 pm. Everyone is invited and welcomed to attend. Plans are being made to hold a special event for the trail, so attend and be part of a history making event!