McGraw Edison Recreation Area

Bike Trails At McGraw Edison Recreation Area

Steward: Dave Lewis

Condition As of Monday, July 20, 2020:



About This Trail:

Local electrical equipment manufacturer McGraw Edison donated their company picnic grounds, built in the 50’s, to the city of Zanesville in 1985. The 100-acre property has gone largely undeveloped ever since.

A local bike club member discovered this piece of public property in 1999 and began laying out a loop trail that has 5 miles of wooded and open single track. Making use of the three existing concrete fords the trails winds through the Little Salt Creek valley and then features climbs on the steep wooded hillsides to the south. Use caution crossing the fords during high water! Although some recent logging has hurt the aesthetics the trail is still worth a ride due to its easy access and fast single track. The climb out of the valley, which utilizes a township road, is rewarded with two miles of flat and downhill running to get back to the valley floor.

Since then the trail system has continued to develop and now has over 12 miles of trails built into the system. The club is currently working on digitizing the trail system and will have it loaded to MTB Project and Trailforks soon. The property was purchased from the city of Zanesville in 2003 by the Muskingum Valley Parks District.

Parts of this park look like a scene from a Stephen King novel. The hand pump water well, outdoor movie screen, and shooting range are still recognizable in spite of natures attempt to over grow and consume them.

When in doubt
Pedal It Out!

Come enjoy the wonderful trails in Southeastern Ohio!