The Dry Route to Moonville Tunnel

Moonville Tunnel is located in Zaleski State Forest in Vinton County. During our initial visit to Moonville Tunnel, we found the place where the old rail line intersected with the Hope-Moonville Road, and followed the rail line to the tunnel. However this route required us to wade across Raccoon creek. After posting an article on our trip, a visitor to our website, firemanjoe, wrote a comment saying there was a different route that would allow us to visit Moonville Tunnel without wading. Below you’ll find photos and information about this dry route to the tunnel.

At the beginning of the hike, the trail follows along Racoon Creek.

The dry route to Moonville Tunnel (pictured above) begins on the same side of Raccoon Creek as the tunnel, so there’s no need to cross the creek.

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Burr Oak State Park: Hiking the Upper Loop

We spent the Fourth of July weekend at Burr Oak State Park Lodge. While there we hiked what I’m calling the “upper loop.” It is a 4.2 mile hike that begins at the parking lot where Mountville Road terminates at Burr Oak Lake. The terrain for this hike is hilly with a total elevation gain of 1,315.5 ft. During a portion of the hike there were glimpses of the lake through the trees.

Trail passing a yellow blaze.

Trail passing a yellow blaze.

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Salt Fork’s Stone House Museum

The Stone House Museum is located in Salt Fork State Park in southeastern Ohio. It was built circa 1840 in the Federal style, and it housed three generations of Benjamin Kennedy’s family. In 1975 it was listed on the National Register of Historical Places, and in 1999 a charitable organization was launched to raise funds and to oversee the house’s restoration. In 2003 the stone house was officially dedicated as a museum.

From left to right you see the root cellar, the Stone House, the Veterans Memorial Courtyard, the connected summer kitchen, and the Amos Bell.

From left to right you see the root cellar, the Stone House, the Veterans Memorial Courtyard, the connected summer kitchen, and the Amos Bell.

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Miller Nature Sanctuary

Miller Nature Sanctuary is a well-hidden, Highland County nature preserve offering three miles of spectacular trails with unusual geological features. It’s named after Eugene and Henrietta Miller, the couple that donated the land. The preserve is located on Rocky Fork Gorge just upstream from Highlands Nature Sanctuary. The preserve’s trails take you from the top of dolomite cliffs to the edge of the Rocky Fork Creek and back. In addition to cliffs and large slump blocks, the preserve includes three natural stone arches and several seasonal waterfalls. If that’s not enough, its also a great destination for viewing spring wildflowers.

Natural arch that reminds me of an elephant.

One of the preserve’s three, natural arches.

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Sears Woods

Our recent visit to Sears Woods featured large trees and a close-encounter with galloping deer.

Sears Woods is a 137 acre state nature preserve in Crawford County. It is managed by the Crawford County Park District. The Sandusky River flows through the preserve which features an old-growth beech and maple woodland. There are two trails: the 1.25-mile Hiking Trail that loops through the woods, and a smaller, mown-path through a meadow that’s known as the Bluebird Box Trail.

View of the Sandusky River from the flood plain.

View of the Sandusky River from the flood plain.

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