Zane's Landing Trail

Ohio

Zane's Landing Trail Facts

States: Ohio
Counties: Muskingum
Length: 2.9 miles
Trail end points: Riverside Park at Washington St. and SR 666 and Zane's Landing Park at Market St.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016851
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Zane's Landing Trail Description

The Zane's Landing Trail—also known as the Zanesville Riverfront Bike Path—extends north from downtown Zanesville on a former railroad corridor wedged between the Muskingum River and an active rail line. The southern terminus is in Zane's Landing Park, with the northern terminus in Riverside Park.

In downtown Zanesville, the paved trail lies near the docking port of the Lorena, a sternwheeler that navigates the Muskingum River, as well as a restored trail depot and the unique Y-Bridge just three blocks away.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking and trail access can be found in Riverside Park along State Route 666 and in Zane’s Landing Park on Market Street.

Zane's Landing Trail Reviews

Saw this trail on traiillink. Wife and I ran it from start to finish and back. Very nice trail to run of bike. There is shade and some open sunny spots. Very short for biking but great for walk or run.

We parked north of the Lorena across from the water plant. We then road south past the Lorena (Sunday and little traffic) on to West Main and on to the Y bridge. I am originally from that area so we did not ride across , instead we turned in to the canal parking area and proceeded to ride to the RxR bridge. After that we got back on the path and rode to the North end where the path ends. We rode through the park on are way back to our vehicle. We ended up with 8 miles and it was a pleasant ride on our recumbents.

The Zane's Landing Trail is a nice and level ride from the dock of the sternwheeler Lorena on the eastern side of the Muskingum River in downtown Zanesville north between the river and the Ohio Central railroad tracks to Riverview Drive near Riverside Park. Parking at the southern end is paved and plentiful and is found near the trailhead at 39-56.634N and 082-00.602W. There is also parking in Riverside Park just a bit south of the northern terminus at 39-58.565N and 081-59.040W. The entire 2.9-mile trail is paved and relatively smooth enough for road bikes. I consider this only a "fair" trail due to the short length, lack of shade, and mediocre riverside scenery.

However, I would encourage riders to park near the Lorena mooring and, after riding the 5.8-mile round trip, leave your car where it's at, and continue south one more block to Zanesville's historic Y-Bridge that was originally built in 1902 over the confluence of the Muskingum and Rocky Fork Rivers. The center of the bridge can be found at 39-56.420N and 082-00.862W. The view looking south along the Muskingum River is quite scenic. Looking north, one can see beyond a railroad bridge to the Lorena in her mooring.

If you would like to see more of the Muskingum River scenery, drive north along OH-666 into Dresden and ride the Muskingum Recreational Trail. Parking is in a private lot (that the owner has approved) near the northern trailhead at 40-06.552N and 082-00.707W. From there you can ride 4.0 miles south and southeast along the western side of the river to the southern terminus at 40-04.129N and 081-58.623W for an 8-mile round trip. This trail is 100% shaded the entire distance as it meanders through the woods. There is parking at the southern terminus although it is really in the middle of nowhere. Parking at the northern end is in the jurisdiction of Dresden Police and appears to be the better choice. Because this trail runs entirely through the woods there are numerous surface irregularities that are fun for mountain bikers but that might annoy road bikers.

Accordion

This is a heavily used trail by bikers and walkers. It is well maintained, and kept clear during winter months. Several caches are placed along this trail in and near Riverside park, and plans to place more along its route this year.

Zane's Landing bike trail runs from downtown Zanesville to a large recreation area a couple miles north of town (Riverside park). The trail itself is paved, and parallels an active railroad line for its entire length. The trail also parallels the Muskingum river, but because the river is hidden behind thick vegetation, you don't get a good view of the river.

The trail is nice enough, but not very long (2.9 miles, according to this website). I look forward to a time in the far future when it is linked to the Muskingum Recreation Trail, further to the north.

"You have a view of the Muskingum River on this all flat, all concrete trail. The end of the trail is often muddy/dusty/icy from runoff from a bank, for about 50 feet. One water fountain, restrooms, ballparks on the way, and parking at 3 different points. Wildlife--deer, squirrel, and bees. Honeysuckle smell in summer."

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