County Line Trail

Mohican Valley Trail

The Mohican Valley Trail is a 4.4-mile span between the Kokosing Gap and the Holmes County Trails in Knox County, Ohio. [Scroll past 'Specs & Facts' to continue reading.]

Bridge of Dreams
Bridge of Dreams over the Mohican River in Brinkhaven, OH

Latest Update: 10/7/19 - Attorney Pounces on Potential Mohican Greenway Corridor Plan

OH - An attorney has posted an 'article' regarding property rights in regards to eminent domain use for recreation trails... regarding a potential trail that is barely in the concept phase.

10/4/19 - Park District to Expand in Brinkhaven

Brinkhaven, OH - "...The Knox County Park District, by taking over Brinkhaven Park, will expand its park offerings near the Mohican Valley Trail and the Bridge of Dreams..." more

8/29/19 - Mohican Greenway Corridor Concept

Millersburg, OH - "Someday there may be a trail connecting the Loudonville Trail with the Holmes County Trail and the Mohican Valley Trail through Ashland, Holmes and Knox counties." more

6/25/19 - Connector Trail Discussed

Loudonville, OH - "...The opportunity here, to connect the Loudonville bike path and Wally Road byway with the Holmes County Trail, Mohican Valley Trail, as well as the exciting spirit of cooperation between the engineers and commissioners of three different counties..." more

10/22/18 - Repaving Progress Report

Brinkhaven, OH - The trail paving from the Bridge of Dreams to the Holmes County line has been completed. However, the trail is not open yet, as there is more work to be done. more...

10/15/18 - Temporary Closures in Brinkhaven

Brinkhaven, OH - "...the Mohican Valley Multi-Use Trail from the Bridge of Dreams to the Holmes County Line will be closed or have periodic closures due to a parking lot renovation to provide handicap accessibility. The driveway to the Trail may also have periodic closures..." more

5/30/18 - Section Paving Coming Soon

From the Knox County Park District, "...The Mohican Valley Trail will soon be resurfaced from the Bridge of Dreams to the Holmes County line.

1/11/18 - Trail Section Upgrade Coming

From, "...A 're-do' [OB: We're assuming 're-do' means repaving] of the Mohican Trail from the Bridge of Dreams to the Holmes County line is also in the budget. Totman said the park district is trying to get some grant money to help fund the work.

"Also related to trail work, Totman said the park district will be buying a large blower that can be used on all three sections of Knox County trail. 'It's so heavy duty that we will be able to take walnuts off the trail,” she said.'"

11/21/17 - Holmes County Trail Connection Made

Though it's not official, the new Holmes County Trail section connecting Glenmont with the Mohican Valley Trail in Brinkhaven, is more or less complete.

Recent reports show trail signage and striping has been completed, and the section is open to the public.

This new asphalt section connects 7.4 miles trail miles to the Mohican Valley Trail.

Trail Specs & Facts:

Location: Knox County, OH

Class: A1+!

Length: 4.4 miles / asphalt

Overall 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 or Sm Screen Version

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.

Mohican Trail
Knox County, OH

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 was condensed into a single 10' wide asphalt trail with a chip-n-seal topcoat, to accommodate horse and buggies (the topcoat helps protect the asphalt from horse hoof wear). 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.

Brinkhaven Trailhead
Brinkhaven, OH Trailhead

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. In 2018, repaving eliminated the pock marks here where horse hooves had worn through the smooth surface.

The tunnel is in Holmes County and marks the change in jurisdiction along the corridor as you ride onto the Holmes County Trail.

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 Rt. 62 tunnel east to Glenmont, is a portion of the Holmes County Trail. This segment is finished and was opened to the public in late 2017.

This new Holmes County segment connects another 7.4 miles of finished trail to the Mohican Valley Trail.

Cyclists should expect to encounter horses and buggies on both the Holmes County and Mohican Valley Trails. Be sure to take time to check out the posted trail rules.

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