Western Reserve Greenway

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The Western Reserve Greenway is a 43-mile, mostly rural rail-trail that cuts a north–south course from Ashtabula to Warren, Ohio. The greenway's start is only a few miles from Lake Erie, and a planned extension will bring it right to the shoreline. For now you can start at Herzog Rotary Park, where signs detail the importance of northeast Ohio in the Underground Railroad.

Heading south, you cross the historic King Bridge, a steel railroad trestle built in 1897 that now spans Clay Street. Ahead is Austinburg, with a trailhead and plenty of options for refreshments and nourishment. South of town you re-enter the trail's rural surroundings and enjoy the company of deer, beavers and a multitude of birds, including wild turkeys and waterfowl.

In the small town of Rock Creek the Rock Creek Trestle spans the river. The bridge features bump-outs that give a bird's-eye view of the river and scenery below.

When the trail picks up again, you sail beneath sheltering trees and past the tiny village of Orwell, with a trailhead located below a water tower. In North Bloomfield, at about mile 30, the Mosquito Lake wetlands area has a must-see observation deck. Take a break and marvel at the breadth of wildlife—particularly birdlife—found here. Red-tailed hawks, marsh and sparrow hawks, and bald eagles have been spotted here.

The Stone Arch Bridge in Trumbull County is a true highlight of the Western Reserve Trail. To further explore this superb tribute to time and engineering, hit the road on the north side of the bridge for 0.25 mile and take in the magnificent side view of the bridge. Back on the trail you will come to the Sunside trailhead at State Route 305. The rail-trail continues a short distance beyond here to Champion Street north of Warren, but the best access is from this trailhead.

Parking and Trail Access

At the northern end of the trail, there are two places to park in Ashtabula. The first is at H.L. Morrison Station on West Avenue. The other is at the Herzog Rotary Park trailhead, located on the west side of Woodman Avenue; to reach it, take State Route 20 to Woodman Avenue and turn south, traveling for 0.75 mile. The trailhead will be on the right-hand side.

The trailhead in Austinburg can be reached from Interstate 90 by taking Exit 223 for State Route 45 south. In approximately 1 mile, turn left and head east on State Route 307 for about 1,000 feet. The trailhead is on the left at the edge of town.

A large parking area and trailhead are available at Jefferson-Eagleville Road along the eastern side of the trail.

To reach the Sunside trailhead in Warren from State Route 45 in Warren, travel north to State Route 305. Turn right and head east on 305, then look for the trailhead on your left.

Reviews

Fall Ride

   October, 2014 by mikeandvic

We completed the entire length of the trail over several occasions. We parked in North Bloomfield and biked up to Callender road and back. Leaves are changing. Nice Fall day. Nice paved trial. read more

Great trail - don't park at Rotary Park

   October, 2014 by vt2ge

Nice flat trail with tons of geocaching. As a warning, our car had a window smashed while we were parked at Rotary Park. The deputy who took the report said they recommend parking further along the trail where there's a mini-mart and the area is heavily ...read more

Flat and Paved

   August, 2014 by mikeandvic

Nice flat and paved trail. Par for the course coming from PA. We parked at the Rotary Club Park just outside of Ashtabula. We traveled to Calender Road in Rome, OH. through Austinburg. In Austinburg there is a small mini mart next to the post office for ...read more