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A beautiful remote trail that explores five miles of farmland along the National Scenic Byway / SR 26 and between two covered bridges.

Approximately 5 miles in length, this trail combines the rich intrigue of history with the outstanding natural beauty of the area. At each end of this trail are one of the classic covered bridges found in this area. Each over one hundred years old, these historic bridges are some of the few remaining 3,548 covered bridges once found in Ohio. Take time to examine their craftsmanship. After over a century these durable bridges are a distinct part of Americana.

Just off SR 26 north of Marietta, each of these bridges are access points which provide parking, picnicking, toilet facilities, primitive campsites, and canoe access to the Little Muskingum River. The Covered Bridge Trail is a single upland trail between two bridges; however, it is also tied into a loop of the North Country Trail.

The Covered Bridge Trail traverses upland hills above the river, along rock outcroppings, big timber, and narrow picturesque streams. At each end of the trail, it dips close to the river's shoreline and offers hikers a tranquil setting of big bottomland trees, slow moving water, and abundant wildflowers.

Directions: From Marietta, OH, Rinard Covered Bridge / Haught Run: Just east of town, take State Route 26 northeast about 14 miles to reach Haught Run Campground.

Elevation: 800 feet

Elevation Gain: Minimal

Distance: 5 miles

Difficulty: Easy

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Wayne National Forest, Ohio

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