Meet at: Moonville Tunnel Parking
Moonville Rail Trail, New Marshfield, OH 45766
Friday, October 21, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.
The Haunts of Hocking Hike, Ghost Hunt, and Haunted Village
Hike the .6-mile (about 20 minutes) Hocking-Adena Bike Trail to the Halloween Haunt at Hocking College’s Robbins Crossing Historical Village. Once there, we will do a short ghost hunt at the haunted cabin. After, long-dead miners will lead you through the village, where local ghost stories and legends come alive, played out by reenactors in and around the cabins. There will also be vendors and food concessions. Hikers will then return, via the lighted path of the rail trail, on their own to the Lodge at Hocking College and their vehicles.
The hike and ghost hunt are free.
The Halloween Haunt at Robbins Crossing is free, but donations to the college are appreciated for building new raptor (hawk & owl) cages.
Meet at: The Lodge at Hocking College
15770 OH-691, Nelsonville, OH 45764
Parking: 39.432218, -82.208594
Please contact me at email@example.com or message me here on FB if coming if you plan on coming.
Friday, October 28, 2022, at 7:00 p.m.
Dark of Night Moonville Haunted Hike and Ghost Hunt
I will be walking an out-and-back section of the Moonville Rail Trail, and those 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 few short stops to hear the ghost stories, so it may be too challenging for those with health issues, walking problems, or who are out of shape. It will be dark on the return. Please, no pets. After, I will bring some basic equipment so you can ghost-hunt 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. There are no restrooms.
Please check https://www.facebook.com/ohioghoststories/ 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, credit card or cell phone service. Those attending must be 18 years or older or supervised by a parent or guardian who has also signed the waiver. (Parent/Legal Guardian of hikers under age 18 must sign the waiver!)
Moonville Tunnel Parking Lot: Meeting Area
Moonville Rail Trail, New Marshfield, OH 45766
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me here on FB if coming if you plan on coming. Also, fill out the Hike Waiver form on https://www.21crows.com 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!
And. . . if you use your cellphone for directions to the hike, once you are at Moonville, you may not be able to get service until you are about 20-30 minutes from the tunnel. That said, you may have trouble setting up your return home from the parking lot after the hike, so make sure you plan your route as a round trip.
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-
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
...and much more