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All Aboard Bridge of Dreams

Welcome to the Bridge of Dreams on the Mohican Valley Trail. As you visit the area we want you to learn the history of Ohio Railroads and their significance to the growth of these towns. In the late ’90s, Knox County began to explore the idea of taking the abandoned rail beds and converting them to a multi-use recreational trail. We hope that you are enjoying the trail. 

Mohican Valley Trail

This 4.5-mile trail begins in Danville and stretches to Brinkhaven and ends at the Holmes County line. A group of volunteers successfully worked with the Knox County Commissioners and independently raised funds to develop the 4.5 mile Mohican Valley Trail. The trail features the beautiful Bridge of Dreams, a 370-foot covered bridge across the Mohican River valley.

A railroad bridge at the site, once carried the Pennsylvania line over the Mohican river, it was constructed in the 1920’s.

By the early 1990s, the line had been abandoned and a group of local residents and businesses developed a plan for converting it into a multi-use trail stretching from the Holmes County line near Brinkhaven, to Danville.

The most ambitious aspect of the plan was to cover the 370 foot railroad bridge. Skeptics of this expensive plan claimed that its proponents were “dreaming”, which led backers to adopt the name “Bridge of Dreams”.

Nearly $90,000 through contributions and a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources was received for the project.

The “Bridge of Dreams” was completed in December 1998 and dedicated in April 1999. The Mohican Valley Trail officially opened on June 15, 2001. Today the trail extends from East Street in Danville to the Holmes County Line, connecting the Kokosing Gap Trail and the Holmes County Trail

The Bridge of Dreams in the second longest in the state of covered bridges and the third longest in the country. The horse hitching posts located at the trailhead are constructed out of the original metal pipe used on the railroad.