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The Old Town Creek Trail is a short but scenic pathway in Logan, the gateway to the Hocking Hills region of southeast Ohio. The trail links the county fairgrounds not far from Logan’s downtown to Aqueduct Park along Front Street.
Extending south from the fairgrounds along a crushed gravel surface, the trail travels just over 0.3 mile through the Old Town Creek Preserve, 56 acres of woodlands that were protected as part of this trail development. The gravel trail turns into an asphalt trail after crossing Front Street south of the restored Old Town Creek Bridge.
The paved trail segment extends just 0.2 mile along Front Street to the parking lot and entrance to Aqueduct Park. There the trail turns south on a grassy ballast surface as it picks up an old railroad grade. The historic aqueduct arch bridge visible from the pathway makes for an awesome entrance to the final short stretch of trail, which ends abruptly along the creek at an active railroad line.
Parking for the Old Town Creek Trail is available at the Hocking County Fairgrounds in Logan. From US 33, take the exit for County Road 93/Mulberry Street and take a right into town. Then turn right onto E. Hunter Street and left onto N. Homer Avenue. That road turns into California Avenue, which skirts the edge of the fairgrounds property. The parking lot is located next to the county animal shelter.
To reach the Aqueduct Park trailhead from US 33, take the exit for County Road 93/Mulberry Street and take a right into town. Then take a right at the first traffic light onto Front Street. After 0.7 mile (just after the road crosses the creek), look for the parking lot on the right side of the road.
The Old Town Creek Trail is one of those trails where you question why it was included on the TrailLink.com website. It is a short, 1 mile long unimproved trail that doesn’t really go anywhere.
The trail consists of three different connected sections that run from the Hocking County Fairgrounds to Aqueduct Park. Aqueduct Park is a small park that commemorates a stone arch that used to support an Ohio-Erie Canal aqueduct over Old Town Creek. The arch is not marked and you have to go down a residential driveway next to the park’s parking lot to view it. As to the three sections each has its own type of surface. First up is the fairground section. I call it that because it appears to have been an old access road to the Hocking County Fairgrounds that is no longer useful in that capacity. The road surface consists mostly of gravel that is starting to be covered by grass. To reach this section of the trail from the fairgrounds you have to cross an old railroad (?) bridge over Old Town Creek. Once over the bridge you enter Old Town Creek Nature Preserve that apparently was created when the trail was created. The trail here has a few short hills that shouldn’t give any adult difficulties but young biking children might find it a bit challenging. This fairground section ends when you reach Front Street.
The Front Street section of the trail is an asphalt bike path that starts on the other side of Front Street and runs parallel and separate from the road. This .2 mile path takes you to the parking lot for Aqueduct Park. To actually view the remnants of the aqueduct you have to travel down a residential driveway that is adjacent to the park’s parking lot. However, the land around the aqueduct’s remaining stone arch has been graded in such a way that you really don’t know that it is anything other than a culvert that allows Old Town Creek to flow under Front Street. There is no marker right at the arch to indicate its historical significance. A sign is found by the park’s parking lot.
The final section of trail lies within Aqueduct Park and is a grassy ballast surface as it picks up an old railroad grade which heads south through the park and ends abruptly along the creek at an active railroad line.
At present, this trail appears to be primarily a hiking trail that connects Aqueduct Park with the Old Town Nature Preserve. This short trail is not one to go out of your way to visit unless you live near the city of Logan.
Very short but heavily wooded with slight hills and turns….bicycle/hiking
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