Muskingum Recreational Trail


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Muskingum Recreational Trail Facts

States: Ohio
Counties: Muskingum
Length: 4.5 miles
Trail end points: Main St. (Dresden) to Rock Cut Road and Ellis Dam Rd. to river crossing (s of Dresden)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Ballast
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016813

Muskingum Recreational Trail Description

The Muskingum Recreation Trail runs for 4.5 miles along a ballast trail between Main Street in Dresden and Rock Cut Road. The trail offers views of the Muskingum River, with impressive rock formations, through a wooded corridor.

Another 0.5-mile section is open between Ellis Dam Road and the river, which includes impressive views of the trestle. There are plans to link the two segments.

Parking and Trail Access

Park at trail's end on Rock Cut Road.

Muskingum Recreational Trail Reviews

A bit run down and no restrooms at either terminus


The trail looks like it has seen better days, and has not been getting frequent maintenance. Many tree roots caused damage to the asphalt resulting in plenty of bumps along the way. A tree had fallen and was cleared but the wire fence it hit wasn't repaired, and it appears to have happened months ago, or even late last year. Another tree was still down across the trail, but it was high enough to ride or walk under. The views of the river were sparse and even when the trail was close there weren't any views worth noting. There was parking at either end, despite the TrailLink map not indicating that.

Nice little trail


This was our first trip on this trail. We found signage in the town of Dresden to be confusing. We finally found parking and hopped on the trail. The trail is tree lined which keeps you out of the sun. It also left the trail littered with tree debris, including some small trees lying on the trail. The trail does not seem to be heavily used. We encountered only two other cyclists. You can glimpse the Muskingum river through the trees. It's quiet and serene. I would have appreciated restrooms at the end of the 4 mile ride, but there weren't any. Still, we will be returning to this nice little trail.

Update on Muskingum Recreational Trail


The Muskingum Recreational Trail is paved asphalt along the four mile section from Rock Cut Road to Dresden. There is also a parking lot in Dresden with nice signs directing you to it. You can add three miles to the trail by riding through Dresden and back. It is a lovely little town with little traffic and nice wide roads. The Depot Smokehouse is a great place for lunch or supper.

The trail itself is very pretty although short. There are a few rock walls, some views of the Muskingum river, and lots of farmland in the Valley. We were told that there had been plan to extend the trail to meet up with the Dam section, but the man who owned the land refused to let the bike path cross. Too bad - would have been even better.

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