Rail trail opens in eastern Kentucky

RICEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The first section of what will be the state's largest rail trail has opened in eastern Kentucky.

A ceremony was held Saturday morning to open the 18-mile leg of the Dawkins Line Rail Trail which stretches from Hagerhill in Johnson County to Royalton in Magoffin County.

Gov. Steve Beshear, who attended the ceremony with his wife, Jane, said in a statement that the aim of the rail is to attract more tourism.

Jane Beshear predicted it would be successful, noting that the "natural beauty and rolling hillsides are perfect for hiking, cycling and horseback riding."

Work on the first phase of the trail, which follows an old railroad line, was finished this month. The trail will be managed by the Kentucky Parks Department and eventually will expand to 36 miles.

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