- Associated Press - Monday, October 12, 2015

SALYERSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The eastern Kentucky community of Royalton in Magoffin County is Kentucky’s newest “Trail Town.”

Gov. Steve Beshear and first lady Jane Beshear announced Royalton as the 10th trail town. The governor said Royalton played an important role in development of the Dawkins Line Rail Trail.

The Beshears said last week the Dawkins Line Rail Trail is nearing completion with 24 miles soon to be available for use.

An 18-mile stretch opened to hikers, cyclists and horseback riders in 2013 and work is underway on the remaining 18 miles. The trail runs through Johnson, Magoffin and Breathitt counties and is managed by the Department of Parks.

The Kentucky Trail Town Program works to help connect communities to trail systems and develop them as tourist destinations.

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