Little Sandy River Trail
Grayson to Olive Hill
via Big Sinking Creek Rd. & Corey Rd.
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The trail linking Tygarts Creek and the
Little Sandy is no doubt a very ancient
one, and was used by one band of the
Morgan's Station raiders and their hostages.
While there is no known precisely
described routing of this trail, we can
reasonably guess that it followed the
east-west route of Little Sinking Creek.
From the west, Corey Road (via Route 3298)
links Olive Hill with Grahn. From the east,
Fultz road follows the old CSX Railroad
right-of-way to Fultz Fork, but dead ends
there. Although many maps indicate that there
is a road between Fultz Fork, through Aden
to Grahn, none actually exists. The old CSX
right-of-way follows this routing, but it is
now privately owned and is not accessible
by bicycle or on foot.
The foregoing serves to explain why our
driving/biking route diverts away from Fultz
Road about half way to Fultz Fork and uses
Big Sinkng Creek Road to bring us into the
Grahn area, where we link up with Corey Road.
About 60 percent of Big Sinking Road is unpaved,
but it is well maintained and the natural beauty
of the surrounding area justifies the detour
and the slow driving required. One can proceed
on this road at 20-25 mph with little fear of
damage by the loose material of the road surface.
Similarly, the road leading into Leon, Ky.
from the east is unpaved for less than two miles.
More interestingly, the road passes over three
narrow railroad tressel bridges. Little has been
done to the bridges to adapt them to automobile
or bicycle use, other than to secure wide planks
to the bed of the bridges where railroad tracks
once laid. One has to drive slowly over the
bridges, but it has been safely managed by local
traffic for the past 30+ years. For the less
adventurous, there are several alternative routes
between Grayson and Leon which bypass the bridges,
but personally, I would consider that a lost opportunity.