Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Athens with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great trail
Started by dairy road. Went to the right to start.
After coming to the second cemetery and up on the road never did find any more marks for the trail.
So I missed a portion of the trail but will go back and do it again in the fall, and start at the other side, maybe I’ll figure out what I did wrong.
but love my time out on the trail would do it again definitely!!

Cool tunnel thats about it.

trail running
8 months ago

Awesome trail that has great views of the lake from all different angles. I didn’t see it mentioned but there is also allot of mountain bike and hiking trails on the other side of the lake. They keep the trails clear and well maintained. One of my favorite places. They also rent kayaks and water boards.

Beautiful area and a fun place to hike and explore.

Nice hike.... worth a stop!

9 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.

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

Sunday, August 06, 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.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

My happy place.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

It's a bland trail. It does pass an abandoned and dried up beaver pond which is kind of cool. If you walk towards the feeder stream there is a cool little waterfall. My GSD really likes this trail. I let him off his leash so he can explore and frolic in the creek. This is a wet trail so expect a little mud if it's rained recently. Especially if you bring your dog. As a bonus there is a deep water hole under the foot bridge before the last hill at the parking spot to rinse off your muddy dog. It was plenty big enough for my just under 100 pound GSD. I essentially like this trail because it's great for an active dog.

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.

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

It was a great outing with the family. I hadn't been there for 20 plus years. Beautiful nature with facilities for just about anyone.

trail running
Monday, July 11, 2016


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!

Monday, January 11, 2016

There is so much more to this trail than this map outlines. You can pick the trail up from multiple places ( Dairy Ln, SR 682, and the Ridges hospital. Lots of wildlife, great year round! Not to strenuous, although there are some ups and downs along what it call the nature walk.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Nice trail and well maintained. Take time to educate yourself about the hospital and graveyard. Supposedly in the top ten haunted places in the US. Spend some time reading the headstones in the graveyard, many only have a number, no name. Sad.

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

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.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

The first hiking experience on this loop is spooky if you take the time to learn the history of the area. After that, you learn it's a pretty good trail that is very well maintained. Spots like Radar Hill, the cemeteries, and the campus area makes this a fun hike.

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

Nice trail around the grounds of an old mental hospital that was built to treat shell shocked civil war veterans. The trail is not very long and windes through hills, graveyards, hospital buildings, and ponds.

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.

This is the best bike path of my life. Winds through rural southeast Ohio into the campus of Ohio University. Beautiful, well-maintained, absolutely a must!!

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