Scenic River Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This trail connects with the North Country Trail and Leith Run Recreation Area. It's a scenic climb up the bluff to the ridges above the Ohio River and offers spectacular views. There are three trailheads for the Scenic River Trail:

  • Scenic River Trailhead (Brown House): 81° 9' 40.932" W; 39° 26' 37.104" N
  • Scenic River Trailhead (Co. Rd. 9 near German Cemetery): 81° 10' 38.4954" W; 39° 28' 30.6834" N
  • Scenic River Trailhead (Leith Run Camp): 81° 9' 4.932" W; 39° 26' 44.1594" N

At a Glance

Operational Hours:
  • Open 24 hours a day year-round to hiking.
  • Open to mountain bikes during open trail season only.
Fees No fees required. 
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: New Matamoras, OH
Water: None
Operated By: Marietta Unit, Athens Ranger District, 27750 Star Route 7, Marietta, OH 45750 740-373-9055

General Information

Directions: The trailhead begins at Leith Run Recreation Area just off State Route 7. Visitors can park in the picnic area. Trail runs between State Highway 7 at Leith Run and County Road 9.

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Day Hiking

This 3.4 mile trail begins along the Ohio River and meanders through a bottomland field and then through a series of switchbacks the trail climbs the steep hillside overlooking the river and its traffic. The trail snakes back and forth through rock boulders and along rock bluffs. The trail begins at the Leith Run Recreation Area. Hikers may park at the picnic area. It ends at another parking area on County Road 9 near German Cemetery.
Difficulty Level: Difficult

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