Moonville Tunnel 


Directions to Moonville and Moonville Tunnel

Meet at: Moonville Tunnel Parking
Moonville Rail Trail, New Marshfield, OH 45766
39.308336, -82.324526



Haunted Hikes and Ghost Hunts: Check here for Upcoming Hikes

Hikes will typically run on Fridays or Saturdays throughout the spring, summer, and fall.



There will be signups for the hike-the hikes will be posted each week on ttps://


Moonville Ghost Hike and Ghost Hunt


I am offering a night hike at Moonville Tunnel, telling local ghost stories, followed by a ghost hunt at the famous and haunted tunnel. The hike and ghost hunt will take about 2 hours. I will be walking an out-and-back section of the Moonville Rail Trail, and those interested can hike with me from Moonville town proper to Ingham Station/Bear Hollow.
The hike is free. It is a little over 1.5 miles one-way, a total of 3.0 miles on an easy, flat gravel railroad bed. It takes about 30-40 minutes to hike one way at a leisurely pace. However, we move steadily with a few short stops to hear the local ghost stories, so it may be too challenging for those with health issues, walking difficulties, or who are out of shape. It will be dark on the return. Bring a flashlight. No pets.

After, I’ll bring some ghost-hunting equipment so you can try a little ghost-hunting in the tunnel. And if you wish to download some of the online “ghost hunting” apps like Ghost Tube, we can test to see if they mirror some of the tried-and-true tools used over time.
Bring water and a flashlight or cell phone for light. There are no restrooms. The closest are a few miles away at Lake Hope State Park just past the beach parking lot.
Please check on FB before coming for weather/flooding or other updates.
I will have some of my Ohio, West Virginia, and Appalachian hikes books available (including the Moonville book, Haunted Hocking Hills, and the Vinton County haunts) for purchase for ten bucks a piece, but bring cash. There are no ATMs and the cell phone services are sketchy.
Under 18 must have a parent/guardian. (Parent/Legal Guardian of hikers under 18 must sign the waiver! A responsible adult/parent/guardian must hike with underage children).

1) Complete the Waiver Form the evening before the hike by 5:00 p.m. for EACH and every person attending (both adults and children). Every person must sign a separate waiver.

Hike Waiver Form Click Here

2) Request to be part of the hike/sign up the evening before by 5:00 pm at or private message me on FB. You will receive a reply. If you do not receive a reply, you are not registered.

Registration is not complete until BOTH of the following are received:

1) Waiver is completed and accepted by staff (you will receive a welcoming e-mail along with detailed hike information/directions)

2) Registration request has been approved/received by me or my staff and you have received an e-mail or message from me.

You will get a reply for both. If you do not get a reply for each, you are not registered or did not sign the waiver and you will not be able to attend the hike. I must require this to continue doing the hikes for low cost or free, and cannot allow "drop ins" during the hike. Hikers will receive an event wristband.





Buy the little book of Moonville Ghosts by Jannette Quackenbush

Or come take a hike and ghost hunt with me along the old trails of Appalachia, like those in Moonville, with ghost stories and legends attached.


A couple Haunted Hikes: Occasionally the roar of wheels to rail and the mournful cry of a train horn fill the air on the old Baltimore and Ohio tracks between Zaleski and Athens, Ohio. Yet, locomotives have not run the nearby rails in over thirty years. Trainmen dreaded taking the late night runs through this isolated section because the ghost of one of their own, engineer Theodore Lawhead, was killed here when his train collided with another near this tunnel on a cold November night in 1880. After, newspapers reported his ghost was seen floating down the embankment dressed in white with a lantern in hand and eyes glowing red. Perhaps you will see and hear these ghosts too during a special night hike with author Jannette Quackenbush on a night with a full moon. Find out more here-

The Book of Moonville Tunnel and Moonville. Its Past. Its Ghosts.

Click here to buy the book!


Take a walk with Lucy and Jannette and see Moonville through the eyes of the Lucy Cam!

A video I took many years ago that was on "My Ghost Story" when few people ventured because you had to hike through Forestry to get there or cross the risky waters of Raccoon Creek. And no, no other people were around. . .

The Moonville Rail Trail is maintained by Moonville Rail Trail Association, established in April of 2001 in order to build and maintain the muscle-powered Moonville Rail Trail system.

Zaleski State Forest

Moonville Rail Trail

Moonville Tunnel



...and much more