What’s the story with the RTA Festival?

The Rivers, Trails and Ales Festival (aka RTA Fest) is a grass-roots outdoor enthusiast festival located in the Appalachian foothills of Southeast Ohio. Highlighting Marietta’s easily-accessible outdoor activities and charming downtown commercial district together in one event-filled package, the RTA Festival is designed to appeal to visitors and locals alike.

The RTA Fest is a celebration of our gorgeous natural assets and the community we get to call home. As the first settlement of the Northwest Territory, Marietta is known as the Pioneer City and our festival is nothing short of pioneered—through the dedicated efforts of local businesses, nonprofits, city officials, and volunteers alike, our city welcomes 2,000+ festival-goers to experience why Marietta, Ohio is continually ranked as a Best Small Town in America. Our community cares and this festival is only a success because of the hard work of many.

RTA co-founder Ryan Smith (right) overtakes opponent Ryan Miracle (left) during the 2018 Tortoise and Hare World Championships.

RTA co-founder Ryan Smith (right) overtakes opponent Ryan Miracle (left) during the 2018 Tortoise and Hare World Championships.


We are dedicated to celebrating active lifestyles and showcasing the beauty of our region’s outdoor activities, all while supporting Southeast Ohio’s local economy. Rivers, Trails and Ales Festival is designed to include activities for people of all ages, backgrounds, and fitness levels. It opens up viewpoints on the wealth of activities available locally, and brings people to the area to support our local establishments. Proceeds from the festival benefit Marietta Main Street, the Marietta City Trail Fund, and other funds relevant to the mission of the event.


  • Marietta has been ranked #1 in Outdoor Recreation in the state of Ohio.
  • National Geographic Adventure has named Marietta in their list of Top 100 Adventure Towns.
  • Marietta rests on the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum Rivers.
  • Marietta is central to six different trail systems with over 200 miles of mountain bike & hiking trails in a 45-minute radius of downtown.
  • Over the course of the last decade, local volunteers have built and maintained Marietta City’s own mountain biking trails which now total 30+ miles of single-track.
  • With scenic farms, hilly wooded landscapes, and nicely paved roads, Washington County boasts some of the most scenic road riding in the state.