Oct 162013
 

An undiscovered gem in Eastern Kentucky

Patty emerges from Dawkins Tunnel. Photo by Dave Cooper.

Patty emerges from Dawkins Tunnel. Photo by Dave Cooper.

By Dave Cooper

The Dawkins Line Rail Trail, in Johnson and Magoffin Counties in eastern Kentucky, officially opened in June – but many Kentuckians still have not heard about it.

This 18-mile-long trail is a little gem in the mountains of eastern Kentucky: it’s our commonwealth’s longest rail trail, it’s in a beautiful and remote area, it’s very peaceful and quiet, and it is in pristine condition.

I first rode this trail solo in late August.  I enjoyed the trail so much that I went back the following weekend with my friend Patty and we rode it on a beautiful late summer day with just a hint of fall in the air: the ironweed and the Joe Pye weed along the trail’s edge were in their full glory, and the wooded sections of the trail were nice and cool and shady.  The trail is quite beautiful in spots, and it’s a low-key and enjoyable ride that is suitable for families and even small children. Continue reading »

Apr 132011
 

Last week, Rick Handshoe of Floyd County talked with Governor Steve Beshear about the acid mine drainage in the settlement pond above his home. Handshoe was one of the Appalachia Rising activists who occupied the governor’s Frankfort offices over Valentine’s Day weekend in an act of civil disobedience. As part of the conditions for leaving his office, the Appalachia Rising activists made Beshear promise to visit Eastern Kentucky in the spring and talk with people living around the region’s coal mining sites.  Continue reading »