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  Moonville Rail Trail Tunnel © Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Project Information

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Midwest Regional Office


Moonville Rail-Trail
Year: 2001

Athens and Vinton Counties, Ohio

Prepared for
Moonville Rail Trail Association

Moonville Rail Trail Association

Trail Description
The Moonville Rail Trail is a planned, 16-mile trail on the former Marietta and Cincinnati Railroad corridor, which began service in the 1850s. When completed, the trail will take visitors through beautiful southeast Ohio including Zaleski State Forest, the communities of Zaleski and Mineral, and the Lake Hope wetlands. Additional points of interest on the trail include the King Switch Tunnel, a 120-foot structure carved through rock and lined by 12-foot square beams; the brick-lined Moonville Tunnel, thought by some to be haunted; and the New Marshfield School, which ceased operation in 2004 after more than 100 years of use. The trail opened in October 2007, with some sections needing completion.

Project Description
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's (RTC) involvement in the project began at Ohio University. RTC played a critical role in early meetings and has been involved in steering committee organization, community outreach initiatives including town meetings for stakeholders and adjacent land owners, ongoing technical assistance, identification of funding sources, and marketing support, such as inclusion of the project in the Ohio Trails and Greenways Guidebook.

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