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Muskingum River Parkway Lock 4 Beverly, OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 4 Beverly, OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 4 Beverly, OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 3 Lowell,OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 2 Devon, OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 5, Luke Chute, OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 4 Beverly, OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 3 Lowell,OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 3 Lowell,OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 4 Beverly, OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 4 Beverly, OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 3 Lowell,OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 5, Luke Chute, OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 2 Devon, OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 3 Lowell,OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 5, Luke Chute, OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 4 Beverly, OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 5, Luke Chute, OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 5, Luke Chute, OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 5, Luke Chute, OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 2 Devon, OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 5, Luke Chute, OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 4 Beverly, OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 4 Beverly, OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 3 Lowell,OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 3 Lowell,OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 2 Devon, OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 2 Devon, OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 2 Devon, OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 5, Luke Chute, OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 2 Devon, OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 2 Devon, OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 3 Lowell,OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 5, Luke Chute, OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 3 Lowell,OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 3 Lowell,OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 3 Lowell,OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 5, Luke Chute, OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 5, Luke Chute, OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 2 Devon, OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 2 Devon, OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 5, Luke Chute, OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 2 Devon, OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Lock 2 Devon, OH © Lonnie Williams
Muskingum River Parkway Kids having fun © Eric Hoffman
Muskingum River Parkway © Eric Hoffman
MUSKINGUM RIVER PARKWAY ACTIVITIES
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres120
 Water, acres-13
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trail, miles1
 Picnickingyes
 Nature Programsyes
BoatingBoating LimitsUnlimited HP
 Launch Rampsyes
CampingPrimitive, #28
 Pets Permittedyes
Birding
The parkway in Ohio offers a variety of birding options for enthusiasts. It is home to several species, including waterfowl and songbirds that can be spotted along the river's edge or within its dense forests. The area also features numerous hiking trails which provide excellent opportunities for bird watching throughout different seasons. Additionally, there are designated wildlife observation areas where visitors may use binoculars or scopes to get a closer look at birds nesting or feeding in their natural habitats.
Bicycling
Biking is not officially permitted on the park's trails. However, nearby towns offer bike-friendly routes and rentals.

The surrounding area has several biking options for enthusiasts of all levels.

Please note that riding bikes off designated paths can harm local wildlife habitats in this region.

Local roads near the park are popular among cyclists but remember to follow traffic rules strictly.

While exploring neighboring areas by bicycle, always wear a helmet and stay hydrated throughout your journey.

For those seeking longer rides, adjacent counties have extensive cycling networks worth checking out too.

Remember: safety first! Always check weather conditions before setting off on any bicycling adventure around here.

Be aware that some parts of these external cycle routes may be challenging due to hilly terrain or heavy traffic at times.
Trails
1. Lock 2 Trail: A short, yet challenging trail that takes you through dense forests and along the river's edge with stunning views of historic lock structures.

2. Luke Chute Conservation Area Trails: Offers a variety of trails ranging from easy to moderate difficulty levels; features include lush greenery, diverse wildlife sightings, and breathtaking vistas overlooking the Muskingum River.

3. Beverly Ohio Rail-Trail: An exhilarating hike on an old railway line offering panoramic views over rolling hillsides dotted with quaint farmhouses and barns in rural Ohio countryside settings.

4. Stockport Mill Inn & Restaurant Loop Trail: This moderately difficult loop offers hikers scenic overlooks at every turn - including waterfalls cascading down rocky cliffs into serene pools below – as well as access to historical sites like the restored mill itself.

5. Big Bottom Park Pathway: Takes visitors deep into untouched wilderness areas where they can experience solitude amidst towering trees while listening for bird calls echoing off ancient rock formations nearby.

6. Devola Multi-use Pathway: Ideal for both hiking enthusiasts or casual walkers looking forward to enjoying picturesque landscapes featuring wildflowers blooming alongside meandering streams under clear blue skies above them during springtime hikes here.

7. Rainbow Hills Vineyards Nature Walk: Provides unique opportunities not only explore local flora fauna but also sample some finest wines produced within region after completing their journey across this relatively flat terrain covered by vineyard rows stretching out towards horizon beyond sight.

8. Constitution Wildlife Habitat Hiking Route: Known its rich biodiversity, it allows adventurers encounter various species animals birds thriving natural habitats preserved meticulously throughout years conservation efforts undertaken park authorities together community members living around area.

9. The Valley Gem Sternwheeler Riverside Trek is perfect those who love history maritime heritage combined thrill exploring rugged terrains leading up steep bluffs providing spectacular aerial perspectives entire valley spread beneath feet once reach summit these high points located along route.

10. The Muskingum River Parkway State Park Trail: A long, winding trail that takes you through the heart of the parkway with stunning views over pristine waters and lush greenery; perfect for those seeking a challenging hike amidst nature's splendor.

11. Lock 10 & Dam Walk: This easy walk offers an up-close view of historic lock structures while providing opportunities to spot local wildlife such as deer, foxes or even bald eagles soaring above in search of their next meal.

12. Blue Rock Forest Hiking Path: Known its rugged beauty, this path winds around towering rock formations covered moss lichen before leading hikers towards hidden caves waterfalls waiting be discovered by adventurous souls daring enough venture off beaten track into wilderness beyond known trails within park boundaries.

13. The Stockport Historic District Walking Tour is not only about hiking but also learning history culture region visiting various landmarks buildings dating back centuries ago still standing proudly today despite passage time changes brought upon them due course years gone past since they were first built during early settlement days here.

Boating
It is suggested that prior to departing for a boat trip on the Muskingum River, boaters contact the park office to check on river and lock conditions. Boats with unlimited horsepower motors, house boats, pontoon boats, canoes and rowboats travel the river. Public launch ramps are provided at Locks 4, 5, 6 and 11. Private ramps are located near Locks 2, 7 and 10.

The Muskingum River is navigable from Dresden to Marietta. However, the river channel from Dresden to Ellis is unmarked and difficult to follow. Information on navigation charts can be obtained at the parkway office.

Some of the tributaries which empty into the Muskingum River are also navigable for short distances and provide excellent fishing. The Licking River which joins the Muskingum River in Zanesville, is navigable only by canoe or rowboat.
Fishing
All three species of black bass (largemouth, smallmouth and spotted), saugeye and various species of catfish are taken from the river. Bass are also found in several tributaries. Fishing is permitted from boats and at each of the lock sites; however, fishing is prohibited from the lock walls. A valid Ohio fishing license is required.
Swimming
The Muskingum River Parkway in Ohio offers various swimming options for visitors. The parkway features several public access points along the river where people can swim and enjoy the water. Some popular swimming spots along the Muskingum River Parkway include the boat ramps and picnic areas at the Dillon State Park, the Bryan's Place Park in Philo, and the lock and dam areas such as Lock 9 and Lock 10. These locations provide opportunities for swimming, as well as other water activities such as fishing and boating. Visitors can also explore the scenic beauty of the river while swimming and have a memorable experience in the Muskingum River Parkway.
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