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Marion County Park District

Marion Tallgrass Trail

The Marion Tallgrass Trail is completed for 3.7 miles, from the trailhead site at 2093 Holland Road West, just west of Marion, to Espyville 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.


In 2015 we will be paving 3.62 additional miles of trail, taking the trail to Osbun Road, one mile north 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. Volunteers are working to extend a primitive hiking trail, which now goes to Agosta-Meeker Road.


Well-behaved dogs are permitted if on leashes, but we ask that you pick up their waste. The park closes at dusk (30 minutes after sunset). Horses and motor vehicles are not permitted on the trail.


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


We also have received a Clean Ohio Green Space Fund grant to purchase an 83 acre parcel containing a 53 acre lake that abuts the Tallgrass Trail. We have completed this purchase, and will work to create a walking trail along the lake shore.


We're excited about this trail, and are looking forward to being great neighbors to those who live near the trail.

Above: Location of eastern terminus of Marion Tallgrass Trail.

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Naturally wild, naturally fun!

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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