Mohican Valley Trail
Latest Update: 3/30/16 by OB - New Pavement Concerns Some Trail Users
From mountvernonnews.com, "...Recent calls reporting a white powder on the trail were investigated by Lori Totman, director of the Knox County Park District, only to be determined that the current condition of what looks like a white powder is completely normal.
"...Recent buggy activity on the trail has caused the small limestone material in the chip-and-seal mix to grind off, making it look like a white powder.
Trail Specs & Facts:
Location: Knox County, OH
Length: 4.4 miles / asphalt
Condition: Very good
Facilities: A portable toilet at the Hunter Road parking area. No water source on the trail.
Parking: Hunter Rd Trailhead near Bridge of Dreams. Please note: the parking area in the linked image is obscured by tree cover. From Rt. 62 take Hunter Rd under the bridge. Then make an immediate left and proceed uphill to the trailhead area. (See trail map for more options.)
Worth Noting: This trail allows horse & buggies and is part of the cross-state Ohio-to-Erie Trail.
Map: Mohican Valley Trail
Elevation: Though mostly flat, there is a short climb at Tiger Valley Road where a railway bridge was removed, forcing riders to descend to street level and then climb back up.
More Trails in this Region: NE OH Trails List
The three trails follow the same former rail corridor and comprise a significant part of the larger Ohio-to-Erie Trail, a cross-state bikeway. The Mohican Valley's southwestern endpoint is in Danville, while the northeastern end lies just west of the Rt. 62 tunnel, near Brinkhaven.
Where the trail crosses the Mohican River you pass over the 370' long Bridge of Dreams that has been constructed atop an old railroad bridge. This covered bridge is reported to be the 2nd longest in Ohio and the 3rd longest in the nation!
The Mohican Valley Trail is horse friendly and had offered an unusual configuration, when first constructed. It was built as two trails placed side-by-side -- one earthen path for horses & buggies alongside a gravel trail for bikers and hikers.
In 2015, the trail received a 10' wide asphalt pavement with a chip-n-seal topcoat, to accommodate horse travel. The stone topcoat has since been ground off by hoof and buggy wheel, leaving a smooth asphalt surface.
However, since a protective topcoat is preferred where horses travel, it could be reapplied sometime in the future.
The grade is consistent with a slight descent while traveling eastward. The trail does briefly drop down at one road crossing, due to a missing railway bridge. So you enjoy a nice little coast before you cross the road to climb back up to trail level.
As the trail approaches the Mohican River from the west, it begins to ride the crest of a ridge toward the Bridge of Dreams. Passing well above the waterline, the bridge provides great views along its lengthy span.
Leaving the bridge and continuing eastward, you pass the Hunter Road Trailhead as you make your way toward the Rt. 62 tunnel and the Holmes County Line. The asphalt has some pock marks here where horses hooves have worn through the surface.
The tunnel is in Holmes County and marks the change in jurisdiction along the corridor.
The original railroad tunnel was filled in, only to be dug out later and replaced with a new structure for the trail at the same location. The new structure is quite nice, but no doubt the old one would have provided more character.
This next trail section, from the tunnel east to Glenmont, is a portion of the Holmes County Trail that's currently under construction in 2017. The asphalt has been applied, but fencing and other finishing treatments have yet to be completed on this new section before it opens this fall.
Completion will connect another 7.4 miles of finished trail to the Mohican Valley Trail.
Cyclists should expect to encounter horses and buggies here, as well as the rest of the Mohican Valley Trail. Be sure to take time to check out the posted trail rules.