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.

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