The Mohican Valley Trail consists
of a 4.5 mile rail-to-trail through the spectacular Mohican River
valley. The trail links the Kokosing
Gap Trail with the soon-to-be completed Holmes
County Trail. Visit the 370 foot long "Bridge of Dreams"
while travelling on this trail. The parking lot for the Bridge of
Dreams is located at 16606 Hunter Road). Download a trail
guide and map. A short video
(2 mb) shows the construction of this remarkable bridge, the longest
covered bridge in Ohio.
Users of the Mohican Valley Trail
can continue riding west, past Danville, on the Kokosing Gap Trail.
Horses are not allowed on the Kokosing Gap Trail, however. View
a map that gives directions between the Mohican Valley and Kokosing
Gap Trails in Danville. Users with horse trailers can park at 402
East Street or 27825 in Danville, 15700 Tiger Valley Road or below
the Bridge of Dreams at 16606 Hunter Road.
Read the inspirational story
behind the creation of the Bridge of Dreams and the trail, which
serves as a testament to hard work, perserverence and what can be
accomplished when a group of citizens and local decisionmakers collectively
share a vision for their community. Enjoy the breathtaking beauty
of the Mohican River valley, which occurs nearly 40 feet below the
Bridge of Dreams.
We encourage mountain bicyclists, Amish buggy users
and horse riders to utilize this terrific and picturesque resource.
The trail surface consists of crushed stone and sand.
A stop at the Tiger Valley Arch parking lot (15700
Tiger Valley Road) and a short stroll down the newly constructed
path will yield views of a hand-hewn, eight-foot high, sandstone
arch culvert that lies beneath the trail. During normal weather
conditions, water your horse here.
While enjoying the solitude of this rustic trail,
listen for the songs of indigo buntings, rose-breasted grosbeaks,
baltimore orioles, rufous-sided towhees and great-crested flycatchers.
Spring wildflowers adorn portions of the trail, including trillium
Mohican River Valley
Visitors to the Bridge of Dreams will
sense the rich history of the area, particularly the relics left
behind by the Pennsylvania Railroad. The horse hitching posts at
the Bridge of Dreams are constructed out of original metal pipe
used on the railroad. The steel beams that form the structure for
the Bridge of Dreams were erected in 1944. This portion of the Pennsylvania
Railroad closed after the 1959 flood washed out track and bridges
to the east.
The precursor to the Bridge of
Dreams, Mohican River, 1944
Mohican Valley Trail
photos, compliments of Mount Vernon News