The Mohican Valley Trail consists of a 5 mile trail which runs along an abandoned right-of-way of the old Penn Central Railroad on the eastern edge of Knox County between Brinkhaven and Danville. The trail features the beautiful Bridge of Dreams in Brinkhaven. The bridge is a 370-foot covered bridge across the Mohican River valley. It is the second longest covered bridge in Ohio and the third in the country. The trail links the Kokosing Gap Trail with the Mohican Valley Trail. The parking lot for the Bridge of Dreams is located at 16606 Hunter Road in Brinkhaven 43006. Download a trail guide and map. A short video (2 mb) shows the construction of this remarkable bridge, the second longest covered bridge in Ohio, the third longest in the United States.
Visitors to the Bridge of Dreams will sense the rich history of the area, particularly the relics left behind by the Pennsylvania Railroad. The Mohican Valley Trail allows the use of horseback and horse and buggies as well as cyclists. The horse hitching posts located at the trailhead at 16606 Hunter Road, Brinkhaven are constructed out of original metal pipe used on the railroad. The steel beams that form the structure for the Bridge of Dreams were erected in 1944. This portion of the Pennsylvania Railroad closed after the 1959 flood washed out the track and bridges to the east.
Users of the Mohican Valley Trail can continue riding west, past Danville, on the Kokosing Gap Trail. Horses are not allowed on the Kokosing Gap Trail, however. A section of the Mohican Valley Trail between the Knox and Holmes County line is not paved, this project is in the planning stage to complete for 2018. Both trails are also components of the Ohio to Erie Trail. The planned 320-mile route, of which over 240 miles are complete and open for use, will eventually span Ohio from the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland to the Ohio River in Cincinnati. There is paving underway to extend this trail several miles further east from the eastern endpoint. View a map that gives directions between the Mohican Valley and Kokosing Gap Trails in Danville. Users with horse trailers can park at the following locations;
- 402 East Street , Danville 43014
- 27825 Buckeye Road, Danville 43014
- 15700 Tiger Valley Road, Danville 43014
- 16606 Hunter Road, Brinkhaven 43006 at the Bridge of Dreams parking lot
We encourage mountain cyclists, Amish buggy and horse riders to utilize this terrific and picturesque view. While enjoying the solitude of this rustic trail, listen for the songs of Indigo Buntings, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Baltimore Orioles, Eastern Towhees and Great-crested Flycatchers. Spring wildflowers adorn portions of the trail, including large-flowered trillium and wild sweet William (wild blue phlox).
Visitors to the Bridge of Dreams will sense the rich history of the area, particularly the relics left behind by the Pennsylvania Railroad. The horse hitching posts at the Bridge of Dreams are constructed out of original metal pipe used on the railroad. The steel beams that form the structure for the Bridge of Dreams were erected in 1944. This portion of the Pennsylvania Railroad closed after the 1959 flood washed out track and bridges to the east.
View comments here courtesy of the www.traillink.com page highlighting the Mohican Valley Trail.
- “Just rode from Mt Vernon to the eastern “end” of the Holmes County trail, round trip about 52 miles. Kokosing-Mohican-Holmes County trails are one of my favorite trial rides in Ohio. Lots of shade most of the way, and the Bridge of Dreams is very nice.” September 2017
- “Biked more than 10 miles of this trail. Started in Danville, parked by a church. A few rolling hills, nothing strenuous. Lots of shade, Paved and a few streets to cross but not busy. The Bridge of Dreams is very nice!! Trail is shared by horseback riders and Amish buggies. Careful, horses do leave “presents” along the way!” August 2017
- “We rode this trail from Danville to the end where it connects to under development start of Holmes County Trail. This is a nice smooth trail with some pleasant hills and beautiful nature surroundings. Watch for frequent horse droppings. We actually parked at the Danville park by the football stadium and took a quiet village street 3 blocks to trail head. We had planned on return to Danville to pick up Kokosing trail, as trailhead is approximately 3 blocks south of park, and ride to Mount Vernon but rain rolled in so we called it a day. A very nice experience and Danville is a safe and friendly place. The Bridge of Dreams is as impressive as one would imagine.” September 2016