As one of the nation’s best adventure towns, Marietta is home to six of the most popular hiking trails in Ohio- more than any other place. Whether you prefer a route long or short, easy-going or challenging, the Pioneer City has a path to meet your pace.
The River Trail: Is a 3.5 mile, fully accessible, paved, multi-use path on mostly level ground wrapping around Marietta’s historic district along the Ohio and Muskingum Rivers, leading from the Lafayette Shopping Center to Indian Acres Park and the Marietta Aquatic Center.
The Marietta Trail Network: is an 18+ mile long system of rugged terrain perfect for hiking or mountain biking. These off-road trails located near Marietta High School are maintained by the River Valley Mountain Bike Association. The Network is open to bicycle and foot traffic only and use during wet or muddy conditions is discouraged.
There are other ways to get your boots dirty without leaving town. The trails of Kris Mar Woods, North Hills and the North Country Trail are full of adventure. The Kroger Wetlands Trail, one of the shortest and simplest in town, leads to a nature preserve bursting with activity.
Explore the wilderness of Washington County on one of six marked hiking trails at the 500-acre Broughton Nature and Wildlife Education Area. Or, go further into the woods at the Wayne National Forest. Situated in the hills of southeast Ohio, the forest includes more than 300 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding.