Moonville Tunnel 

Directions to Moonville and Moonville Tunnel

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


Oh, No Moon Hike at Moonville

Meet in the parking lot at Moonville.

I am going to do a couple of last-minute hikes at Moonville Tunnel along with the telling of the local ghost stories.
One will be this Saturday, July 23, 2022 at 8:30 p.m. The hike and hunt will take about 1.5 to 2 hours.
I will be walking an out and back section of the Moonville Rail Trail, and those who are interested can hike along with me from Moonville town proper to Ingham Station/Bear Hollow. The hike is free. It is a little over a mile one way, a total of 2 miles on an easy, flat gravel railroad bed. It takes about 30 minutes to hike one way at a leisurely pace. However, we move at a steady pace with a couple short stops to hear the ghost stories so it may be too challenging for those who have health issues, walking issues, or are out of shape.
After, I’ll bring some basic 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.
It may be hot and runs near standing water, so wear insect-protective clothing and/or bug spray, and comfortable shoes or boots. I cannot stress enough that the land around Moonville is full of marshy areas with tons of mosquitos! Bring water and a flashlight or cell phone for light. There are no restrooms.
Please check on FB before coming for weather/flooding or other updates.
I will have some of my legends and haunts of Moonville books available for purchase for ten bucks a piece but bring cash. There is no ATM or cell phone service.
If you are hungry for a bite to eat before you come, just about five minutes from the tunnel is the Lady Buck Saloon, open with food from 11:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. on this Saturday.


Moonville Tunnel Parking Lot: Meeting Area
Moonville Rail Trail, New Marshfield, OH 45766
39.308336, -82.324526

Please contact me at or message me here on FB if coming if you plan on coming. Fill out the Hike Waiver form on and bring it with you to the hike. I will also bring a limited number of waivers with me if you have difficulties printing them!



Buy the little book of Moonville Ghosts

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.

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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



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