McGraw Edison Recreation Area

McGraw Edison Recreation Area
6165 Park Lane Zanesville, OH 43701

McGraw Edison Recreation AreaMcGraw Edison is an 80 acre park located nine miles east of Zanesville on Park Lane in Perry Township. The property was purchased with a grant from the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund and in-kind services from the City of Zanesville and the Muskingum County Engineer. Metro Funds from the Ohio Department of Transportation were used for the gravel and geotextile fabric to widen the driveway through the park.

The site is a pleasing mixture of gently rolling grasslands and steeper wooded hillsides. Water features include Little Salt Creek and an unnamed tributary, a wetland, and a small pond. An exceptional feature of the park is a hemlock grove located near the confluence of the unnamed tributary and Little Salt Creek. This microcosm of rock outcrops and tall graceful hemlocks provides a stark contrast to the rest of the park’s rolling fields and hardwood forests.

Through a cost share grant with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, much of the open area has been planted to warm season grasses to provide excellent bird habitat. NRCS cost share also provided funding for the planting of a wide variety of hardwood trees and trees have also been donated by the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Thanks to the volunteer efforts of the Appalachia Outdoor Adventures, five miles of beginner/intermediate mountain bike trails wind through the outer edges of the park. AOA members built and maintain the trails.

A master plan was completed in 2011 through the dedicated efforts of a volunteer committee.

Below are a few question and answers to some common queries about McGraw Edison Recreational Area. For additional help call 740.455.8237

What are the hours of McGraw Edison Recreation Area?
Motorized vehicles, except for wheelchairs and emergency vehicles, are permitted only on the main driveway and in designated parking areas. ATV type vehicles are NOT permitted in the park.
How much is admission?
Admission is free.
Is the park wheelchair compliant?
The driveway is wheelchair compliant.
Where is the park located?
6165 Park Lane, Zanesville, Ohio Take 70 East of Zanesville to the Airport Exit. Turn right onto Airport Road, then left at the 4 way stop. Turn right onto Spry Road. Turn right onto Park Lane. Park is located at the bottom of the long hill on the right. Due to staff shortages the gate may be locked. Use the pedestrian entrance to the east of the gate which can accommodate mountain bikes.
Are there restrooms available?
Are pets welcome?
Pets are welcome provided they are on a leash. To insure that everyone experiences a safe and beautiful visit, please pick up after your pet!
Are hunting and fishing permitted?
At this time, the only hunting that is permitted is with a camera. Fishing is allowed provided the angler has a current Ohio fishing license. Catch and release only please!
Where is parking available?
Due to staff shortages the entrance gate may be locked. Please use the pedestrian entrance to the east of the gate. The pedestrian entrance can safely accommodate mountain bikes. If the entrance gate is locked, there is parking available outside the gate.

Inside the park a large gravel parking lot is located on the right approximately 1/4 of a mile from Park Lane. In addition there is a small lot for a few cars located at north end of the wetland.

imageMuskingum Valley Park District

Enriching the quality of life of Muskingum County residents by conserving natural areas, providing passive and active recreational opportunities, and developing an appreciation of the natural, historical, and cultural heritage of the area.

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