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Marion County Park District

Marion Tallgrass Trail

The Marion Tallgrass Trail is completed for 7.3 miles, from the trailhead site at 2093 Holland Road West, just west of Marion, to Osbun Road. The trail follows the former Erie-Lackawanna railroad, which was abandoned in 1976.


In the first mile, visitors can find trumpeter swans, bald eagles, and a beaver lodge as the trail follows the shore of a 53 acre lake. The trail then crosses an open area before crossing SR 203 and entering the beautiful Big Island Wildlife area. After the small village of Espyville the trail travels west through a peaceful wooded corridor, passing one mile north of the village of New Bloomington.


A paved parking area is available at the trailhead, and there is also a grassy ODNR parking lot just south of the trail on SR 203. The members of the Espyville Baptist allow trail users to park in their lot as long as church is not in session, reminding visitors that they are not responsible for vehicles left there.


Well-behaved dogs are permitted, but must be on leashes and you must pick up and carry out their waste. The park closes at dusk (30 minutes after sunset). Horses and motor vehicles (except motorized wheelchairs) are not permitted on the trail.


The nature center (see calendar for hours) hosts many interesting programs, and includes an outdoor pavilion with 6 picnic tables. The outdoor pavilion is available for rental for a $50 donation to the Prairie Parks Foundation when the park district does not have programming.


An observation deck overlooks 53 acre Foundation Lake near the midpoint of the first mile, and a playground is available at the trailhead.


Construction of additional trail in 2016 will take the trail to the area of SR 37.


We are now raising local matching funds to continue the trail westward.  Donations are very much needed.


We're excited about this trail, and we hope that you enjoy it as much as we do!

Above: Location of eastern terminus of Marion Tallgrass Trail.

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Marion County Park District
222 West Center St, Marion, OH 43302


Phone: (740) 223-4161

Below: Blue line shows the eventual route of the Marion Tallgrass Trail, which will initially be developed at eastern end (near Marion).

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Above: A beaver swims near the lakeshore along the Tallgrass Trail.

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