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The Little Muskingum River meanders through the Marietta Unit of the Wayne National Forest providing a backdrop of forested hills and a narrow river valley. Historic barns, covered bridges, and century old buildings dot the landscape. Paralleling the Little Muskingum is the National Scenic Byway (SR 26). Landmarks along the 44 mile route include seven Mail Pouch Tobacco barns, four historic covered bridges, several old churches, and the Graysville Jail which dates back to the early 1800s. The Forest office offers a brochure and audio tapes of the tour.

The Byway has several river access points which offer perhaps the best fishing for smallmouth bass on the Forest. Five campgrounds and several picnic areas offer an opportunity to stop and savor the natural beauty. Canoe put-ins and trailhead access to several short trails and the long distance North Country Trail are offered as well.

Elevation: 800 Feet

Elevation Gain: Minimal

Directions: From Marietta, OH, Just east of town at the junction of SR 7 and SR 26 the Scenic Byway begins and ends 44 miles later in Woodsfield, Ohio.

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Wayne National Forest

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Telephone Number: (740) 753-0101
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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