Muskingum Recreational Trail
Located near the Village of Dresden

Muskingum Recreational Trail Muskingum Recreational Trail is approximately six miles of asphalt trail connecting the Village of Dresden in Jefferson Township to Rock Cut Road in Muskingum Township. Much of the trail follows the Muskingum River and offers exceptional views of huge rock formations and myriad wildlife watching opportunities for bald eagles, turkey, beaver, and more. Funding for the construction of the first four miles of trail came from the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Transportation Enhancement Program. In December 2011 new trail was opened through the Village of Dresden. The new trail was built with a grant from the Clean Ohio Trails Fund which is administered by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The next phase of trail development will be a section located between Rock Cut Road and Ellis Dam Road. This piece will connect to a short section south of Ellis Dam Road and includes a restored railroad bridge which overlooks the Muskingum River and historic Lock 11 at Ellis Dam State Park.

Trail Use: Cycling - Hiking

Below are a few question and answers to some common queries about
Muskingum Recreational Trail. For additional help call 740.455.8237

What are the hours of Muskingum Recreational Trail?
The trail is open seven days a week, dawn to dusk, for walking, jogging, hiking, wildlife watching, in-line skating, and cross country skiing weather permitting. Motorized vehicles, except for wheelchairs and emergency vehicles, are NOT permitted.
How much is admission?
Admission is free.
Is the park wheelchair compliant?
Where is the trail located?
The trail extends from the north end of the Village of Dresden to Rock Cut Road in Muskingum Township. Please access the trail map pdf on this website.
Are there restrooms available?
Public restrooms are available in the Village of Dresden.
Are pets welcome?
Pets are welcome provided they are on a leash. To insure that everyone experiences a safe and beautiful visit, please keep pet droppings off of the trail surface.
Where is parking?
Public parking areas are located in the Village of Dresden. Trail access and parking are available from the Jefferson Township property, 1595 Main Street, Dresden, Ohio. A small parking lot is located at 55 Rock Cut Road in Muskingum Township.

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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