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Moonville Tunnel Trail

Moonville Tunnel Trail

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Location: Rt. 278 Near Lake Hope State Park

Contact: Moonville Rail Trail Association

Located deep in Zaleski Forest in Ohio near Lake Hope State Park, the Moonville Tunnel is all that remains from a small mining town that existed in the late 1850s. The Moonville Tunnel lies just across Raccoon Creek.

Directions to Moonville:

From Nelsonville: From US Rt. 33 turn south onto Rt. 278 towards Lake Hope State Park. After passing Lake Hope, turn left on Wheelabout Road. Stay straight on this road. This becomes a gravel path, and eventually crosses a one-lane bridge. Park near the old rail bed and cross Raccoon Creek to pick up the trail.  Moonville Tunnel is about 100 yards from this point.

From Rt. 50/32 from Athens: Follow Rt. 50 as it separates from Rt. 32. Turn right on Rt. 278 towards Zaleski. Turn right onto Wheelabout Road. Stay straight on this road. This becomes a gravel path, and eventually crosses a one-lane bridge. Park near the old rail bed and cross Raccoon Creek to pick up the trail. Moonville Tunnel is about 100 yards from this point.

Map of Moonville Trail

Moonville Rail Trail Association

The Moonville Rail Trail Association, a non-profit organization, was established in April of 2001 in order to build and maintain the muscle-powered Moonville Rail Trail system. The Moonville Rail Trail will extend from Red Diamond, which is near the Village of Zaleski, through the hills of Vinton County and end in scenic Athens County near Grosvener. They hope to establish a trail system that will connect to the Athens County Hockhocking Adena Bike Path.