Moonville Tunnel Rail Trail: Tunnel Section

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Moonville Tunnel Rail Trail: Tunnel Section is a 1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Athens, Ohio that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.0 miles
193 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips


rails trails


wild flowers



3 months ago

Cool tunnel thats about it.

10 months ago

Beautiful area and a fun place to hike and explore.

11 months ago

Nice and simple trail with cool scenery. If you are up from a rock scramble, there is a large hill with a moderate climb. Feeling adventurous? Park on the opposite side of the stream and figure out how to traverse the valleys and water to find your way to the tunnel.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

It’s fun, check it out. A VERY easy trail for sure.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

There isn't actually much of a trail here. It follows a creek so the scenery isn't bad but there's just not really a trail to hike. You don't actually make this hike for the trail. The only reason you go here is for the Moonville Tunnel.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

I would say if you are going in the fall this is not the greatest trail, however the tunnel is something to see and it's a nice little trail walk to do and stop to have lunch or something. The reason it's not great in the fall is that the water levels are too high to cross the creek so the trail ends within a mile of its start. There is a huge log that you can cross "Dirty Dancing" style to keep going but it's slick and if your muddy shoes lose footing you are in some deepish water. So do this in the summer when the water feels nice. I took the alternate horse trail to make my hike longer and this was definitely more difficult and interesting, albeit incredibly muddy. It spits you out onto the road you drive in on and means you have a bit of a jaunt back to the trailhead via the main road.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Has a lot of trash, beer bottles and graffiti, trail was grown over some and if you go in the summer, lots of bugs, we had bugs swarming us almost the entire hike and I sprayed myself with anti-bug spray. Wasn't a lot of signs to give direction, had to ask people where it was located and other had to ask us when we were leaving

Friday, July 08, 2016

Great Hike! We took the short trail, and crossed the river on the rocks! Worth checking out, a lot of history!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Great hike! A lot of history. Get directions at lodge.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

This was a long hike back through the woods. Myself, one of my sons and his girlfriend went here late at night, took no flash lights, had our phones only (lol) and wished otherwise. We all felt we experienced an entity there and definitely do believe that it is haunted. I won't go into the details of our trip, you must go there and experience it for yourself!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Awesome trail with a great tunnel of history. It's said to be haunted. Never been there at night, but I wouldn't go alone if it were at night. It's way out in the sticks. Make sure you bring lots of bug spray.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Great trail. Great winter hike. We were there in December. Ask at Lake Hope lodge if you need directions.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Fun family yrail durring the day. lots of bugs and no see ums at all times. lots of kids partying at night and ghost hunters at the tunnel and ghost town.

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