Marietta River Trail

Ohio

Marietta River Trail Facts

States: Ohio
Counties: Washington
Length: 3.4 miles
Trail end points: Indian Acres Park off Linwood Ave. and Jefferson St. and E. 8th St.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6121547
Trail activites: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Marietta River Trail Description

Marietta’s River Trail runs for more than 3 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. Recent extensions have brought the trail farther east to the city’s strip of big-box stores along Pike Street/State Route 7.

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.

Parking and Trail Access

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.

Marietta River Trail Reviews

I ride here alot very nice path easy for all ages. my only complaint I wish it was longer down and back on my bike spedo 7.22 miles

I had read the reviews about this path and had to try it. We ride recumbent trikes and had our ankle biting furry friend with us. We found it was a nice path albeit a little muddy by the fairgrounds. The scenery was great and the other users were very courteous. We were there in June 2014 and hopefully will return fall 2015.


Really like biking and walking around Marietta. But this is the worst bike trail. It's nicely maintained and picturesque, but it is NOT a BIKE trail. It is a baby stroller path and dog-leash path.

1st couple times I tried to actually ride bike on it I almost wrecked. After that I just stick to the streets.

Athens and Lancaster people seem to "get" it but none of the Marietta locals seem to know the common rules that you follow when walking on a bike trail.

1- No side-by-side strollers (heck, you are just endangering your kid)

2- No long-leash dog-walking. You'll trip a biker and/or injure your dog.

3- Don’t walk two or three people wide when there is traffic.

4- Know what a biker means when you hear “on your left”. (It means stay on the right side of the path, so you don’t cause an accident.

If there is an accident, and a biker or a child is badly hurt, I wonder if it opens the city up to a claim? After all, they call it a BIKE trail.

So, don't call it a bike trail if it isn't.

Accordion

"I live in this area and have biked and walked this trail many times. It is a lovely trail with great scenery and nice people. However, in no stretch of the imagination is this trail 6 miles long. To be specific it is 2.8 miles. "

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