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Marietta’s River Trail runs for more than 4 miles along the Muskingum River through the city situated just across the Ohio River from West Virginia. The paved trail passes through Marietta’s quaint downtown, connecting residents with shops, restaurants and parks. A series of extensions have brought the trail farther east to the city’s strip of big-box stores and hotels near the interstate.
In the heart of downtown, the River Trail passes the eastern access point for the Harmar Railroad Bridge. The trestle was converted for pedestrian and bicycle use in 1987 and rehabbed in 2007, allowing trail users to continue across the Muskingum River to Harmar Village and the Historic Harmar Bridge Transportation Museum on Maple Street. The unique bridge’s span turns by hand to allow for the passage of large boats. Be sure to stop safely on the bridge to take in sweeping views of the Muskingum River, Ohio River and West Virginia on the opposite shore.
The most recent addition to the trail was completed in 2020; known as the Ohio River Access Trail, this segment gives trail users a convenient off-road means of navigating across the busy interstate and Duck Creek, connecting the grocery stores and hotels on the city's east end with the rest of the trail network.
Parking for Marietta’s River Trail can be found at the path’s northern trailhead in Indian Acres Park on Linwood Avenue; in East Muskingum Park on Front Street; and at Ohio Riverfront Park on Ohio Street.
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