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Bridges Out, No Way to Get Around, No one to contact

By ponygirlgo in October, 2014

We went out to Moonville expecting this to be as high quality as the Athens Rail Trails but were sorely surprised to see nothing has been done. It looked the same as when we visited 15 years ago...actually, much worse. We are avid hikers throughout the Midwest and have hiked the Miami Valley Rail Trail and others throughout the state. Oh my gosh! The Moonville Rail Trail was in horrible shape. There is no way to get to Moonville without crossing a treacherous section of deep Raccoon Creek or walking a poison-ivy ridden trail rutted and unkempt. Trees have fallen on the path and have not been cleared. There were even saplings growing along the trail. The rail trail is shabby at best, thick grass and rutted from horse hooves. It is not recommended for children or anyone who does not usually hike. There is no where to park that is safe and this is certainly one of the most dangerous sections of Rail Trail we had seen across the state. I definitely do not recommend this to anyone on horseback or on foot until something is done to improve the safety of the area. There were several older couples with family groups when we went that came from out of state to see the Moonville Tunnel and it was a great concern that they could travel the route safely. We tried to contact someone about these concerns, but the e-mails do not work. There are also no hours posted or rules and regulations online or posted at the site.

Visited both tunnels

By doulasc in May, 2013

It was a great experience to visit the Moonville and Kings Hollow Tunnel. The website
has no current information.emails are bouncing.Their latest news letter is 2009.
whats going on.

Status of Moonville Rail-Trail

By jaknouse in March, 2009

The Moonville Rail-Trail right-of-way is owned in part by Vinton County, Ohio Commissioners, and by Athens County, Ohio Commissioners. The trail is passable but there are overgrown stretches and many water crossings with no bridges. The governing organization is trying hard to find funding to build new bridges to make the trail continuously usable in all seasons. The website is:

http://www.moonvillerailtrail.com