Moonville Tunnel Rail Trail: Tunnel Section

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Moonville Tunnel Rail Trail: Tunnel Section is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Zaleski, Ohio that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.2 miles Elevation Gain: 206 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching

partially paved

rails trails


wild flowers



29 days ago

Been there many times a small but very nice trail. Tunnel is awesome

3 months ago

Quick level out and back. Definitely off the beaten path. Tunnel sadly covered in graffiti.

Went on a midnight hike with a friend. Lots of spooky vibes and possible paranormal activity. Flashlights lost power in the tunnel but were fine otherwise. Saw no other hikers.

3 months ago

Beautiful and fun trail! Been going since I was a kid!

6 months ago

this is an old train tunnel. If you look hard enough, you can’t even feed or power poles for the town. This trail is a very easy in and out, flat, until you cross the creek, which is pretty much where the trail ends. There is NO abandon town on the other side of the tunnel, it was torn down many years ago. Tourism documents still boast the abandoned town. While it was 85° out, with about 50% humidity, we found the tunnel to be very chilly. Hunted? That is the rumor.

7 months ago

Cool tunnel, bridge.

bridge out
9 months ago

Easy trail and cool tunnel. Nice if you want a quick easy hike. Worth checking out just for the tunnel. Trail seems to dead end when you get to an old bridge that is out. Trail looks like an old railroad grade.

Sun Jun 17 2018

Cool tunnel thats about it.

Sat Nov 25 2017

Beautiful area and a fun place to hike and explore.

Sat Oct 28 2017

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.

Sat Oct 07 2017

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

Tue Jul 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.

Sat Oct 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.

Fri Aug 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

Fri Jul 08 2016

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

Sat Nov 28 2015

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

Sun Sep 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

Sat Aug 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.

Sun Jan 11 2015

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

Thu Mar 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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