Marion Tallgrass Trail–Marseilles Road to Hardin County Line

Marion Tallgrass Trail
Marseilles Road to Hardin County Line

New Bloomington, OH 43341
Marion Tallgrass Trail webpage
Marion Tallgrass Trail map

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Marion Tallgrass Trail–Marseilles Rd. to Hardin Co. Line
Coordinates: 40.6069305, -83.3934537
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About Marion Tallgrass Trail
The Marion Tallgrass Trail reached the Hardin County line in late 2017, a distance of 12.44 miles from the eastern trailhead site at 2093 Holland Road West, just west of Marion. The trail follows the former Erie-Lackawanna railroad, which was abandoned in 1976.

In the first mile, visitors can find trumpeter swans, bald eagles, and a beaver lodge as the trail follows the shore of a 53-acre lake. The trail then crosses an open area before crossing OH-203 and entering the beautiful Big Island Wildlife Area.

A paved parking area is available at the trailhead, and there is also a grassy Ohio Department of Natural Resources parking lot just south of the trail on OH-203. Volunteers are working to extend a primitive hiking trail, which now goes to Agosta-Meeker Road.

Well-behaved dogs are permitted if on leashes, but we ask that you pick up their waste. The park closes at dusk (30 minutes after sunset). Horses and motor vehicles are not permitted on the trail.

The trail passes through the Big Island Wildlife Area, and the entire trail will have a delightful mix of shade and open areas.
From Marion Tallgrass Trail webpage

Restrooms, portable toilets, at Holland Road trailhead and at Decliff Road trailhead.