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Marion County Park District

Marion Tallgrass Trail

The Marion Tallgrass Trail will eventually stretch 12 miles, from the trailhead site at 2093 Holland Road, just west of Marion, to the Hardin County line. The trail follows the former Erie-Lackawanna railroad, which was abandoned in 1976.

 

The first quarter mile of trail was paved in late 2010 as a demonstration stretch, and visitors can walk or mountain bike another 6 miles of primitive trail. In the first mile, visitors can find trumpeter swans, bald eagles, and a beaver lodge.

 

We’ve awarded a bid to Kokosing Construction Company to extend the paved surface of the Tallgrass Trail by about 3 miles in September and October, 2014. This will take the paved surface of the trail beyond Hoch Road (near Hickory Grove Lake Campground).

 

There's also a paved parking lot on Holland Road, and a beautiful trailhead building. Volunteers are working to extend a primitive hiking trail, which now goes to Agosta-Meeker Road, a distance of about 6 miles.

 

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.

 

The trail passes through the Big Island Wildlife area, and the entire trail will have a delightful mix of shade and open areas.

 

We are actively raising matching funds to extend the trail. Phase 2, to be built in 2014, will extend the paved surface of the trail by about 3 miles, thanks to a Clean Ohio Trails Fund grant and our generous donors. We’ve applied for another Clean Ohio Trails Fund grant in the hopes of adding three more miles of pavement in 2015. The Marion Community Foundation’s very generous contribution put us over the top and allowed us to pursue the grant for 2015. 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 plan to complete this purchase in 2014, and will then work to create 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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Marion County Park District
222 West Center St, Marion, OH 43302

 

Phone: (740) 223-4161

Below: Blue line shows the eventual route of the Tall Grass Prairie trail. Trail will initially be developed at eastern end (near Marion).


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