Marion Tallgrass Trail


Marion Tallgrass Trail Facts

States: Ohio
Counties: Marion
Length: 6.9 miles
Trail end points: Holland Rd. (west of Marion-Williamsport Rd.) and Osbun Rd.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Grass
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6017358
Trail activites: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Marion Tallgrass Trail Description

The Marion Tallgrass Trail is a developing rail-trail which will extend from Marion westward on a former Erie Lackawanna Railway corridor. The line was part of the Erie Lackawanna’s main line that once stretched from northern New Jersey to Chicago but was abandoned by Conrail shortly after its acquisition of the distressed railroad.

Currently, the trail is paved for 3.7 miles from the large trailhead on Holland Road west to Espyville Road. This section is wooded and includes two restored railroad bridges. Near Herr Road, a large pond is immediately to the north of the trail, making it an excellent spot for bird watching. Indeed, bald eagles and trumpeter swans can often be found next to or above the trail, and there is a large beaver lodge in the center of the adjacent pond. In the future, the Marion County Park District plans on better incorporating the pond into the trail experience through the construction of an encircling walking path.

From Espyville Road to the trail’s current end at Agosta-Meeker Road, the trail has an unimproved surface best-suited for hiking only. This 3-mile section continues along the rail corridor through the Big Island Wildlife Area, offering even more opportunities to spot local flora and fauna. It’s anticipated that this portion of the trail will be paved during 2015.

As funding allows, the trail will be extended farther west to its ultimate planned terminus at the Marion–Hardin county line.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking can be found at the trailhead just west of Marion at 2093 Holland Road.

Marion Tallgrass Trail Reviews

I really like the tall grass trail. It is a relatively short and quick ride and I've rode it hundreds of times. I have got to watch it grow from nothing. Half of the fun for me is watching it grow so I'll kinda few happy and sad when it is finished.

Recent improvements on the older part of the trail include an observation deck at the pond and many benches. Some benches are covered and a play area has been built at the trailhead shelter. The path now extends over 7 miles nearing the county line at Osbun road.

We had rode the trail in late July and at that time 3.75 miles were paved. We rode the trail again today and 7.4 miles are now completed. There are benches along the trail. There was a lot of activity on the trail today. Putting in a play area at the trailhead and a deck on the pond. This trail is really awesome and it will be great when totally complete.


A well planned trail, rapidly expanding, and soon to feature gardens. Hopefully benches and trash/pet clean up stations are next *hint*. They recently put up "no tobacco on trail" signs.

We had a great visit. The trail is over 3 miles long now, but in the near future, it will be closer to 14

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