Ellis Dam Trestle - Member Hike

Hike Name: Ellis Dam Trestle
Country: United States
State: Ohio
Nearby Town: Dresden
Rating: 1 star
Directions: From Zanesville follow N. River Road/Friendly Hills Road to Ellis Dam Road. Turn right onto Ellis Dam Road which will take you directly to the trailhead for a bike path on the right. This is immediately after you cross the railroad tracks (and before you reach the official parking area and campground at the dam).
Total Hike Distance: 1.00 miles
Hike Difficulty: Easy
Permit Required: No
Hike Type: In and Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: Ellis Dam Road
Trails Used: Muskingum River State Parkway Bike/Hike Trail
Backcountry Campsites: No
Backcountry Water Sources: Rivers
Management: State Park Service
Contact Information: CONTACT: Dillon State Park
5265 Dillon Hills Dr., Nashport, OH 43830

PHONE: 740-453-4377
866-644-6727 for camping reservations
Best Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Users: Hikers, Bikers, Dogs
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads
Hike Summary: The Muskingum River Parkway and its 160-year-old navigation system were designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers in July 2001. Along with such majestic institutions as Hoover Dam, The Empire State Building and the Golden Gate Bridge, the Muskingum River's 10 hand-operated locks are now recognized as one of America's great engineering accomplishments.

In its day, the system of locks and dams that extends 112 miles through southeastern Ohio, helped open the state and the entire Midwest to trade and development. Today, it serves the needs of more than 7,000 recreational boaters each year who come to fish, picnic and play in the scenic Muskingum Valley. The area has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and will be recognized as the Muskingum River Navigation Historic District.

This hike starts at the bike trail which is located on Ellis Dam Road about 0.3 miles before you reach the campground and parking area. There is a small pullout suitable for one or two cars where there is a sign that marks the trail. It is about a half mile from Ellis Dam Road to the railroad trestle and back along a paved path that is designed for bikers but also usable by hikers. There are excellent views of the Muskingum River from the trestle.




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