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Explore the best rated trails in Lima, OH, whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Triplett Pathway and Ohio-to-Indiana Trail (River's Edge Trail) . With more than 26 trails covering 351 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

Recent Trail Reviews

Slippery Elm Trail

Slippery Elm

September, 2023 by lyndonloewen

What a relaxing ride! This was my first “big” ride on my Recumbent bike. It was easy to navigate, smooth and well marked. There’s several distance options you can choose from to ride, walk or jog. I would recommend the Slippery Elm for families or just soloists.

Celina Coldwater Bikeway

straight n shady

August, 2023 by lunanoiz

A very pleasant & relaxing ride in the shade. It’s not super long but if you supplement it by riding around Coldwater and also adding the very beautiful Westbank trail in Celina, it makes for a wonderful little ride. There’s a couple of benches along the path, but they’re all in spots where there’s no shade which I found really odd. Hey, let’s take a break right here in the beating hot sun. Dumb

West Bank Trail

beautiful little ride

August, 2023 by lunanoiz

Beautiful little ride that follows the western shoreline of grand lake. It’s short but if you tag on the Celina/Coldwater trail, which is really close by, it makes for a really sweet ride.

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Warrior Trail

first review!

August, 2023 by lunanoiz

Short little straight stretch that is very nicely paved. Not much on the scenery unless you like cornfields. I supplemented the trail by riding around in the sleepy lil town of Ohio City. It’s very much a little town… Not a city. Ohio City. Them folks must’ve stayed up all night to think of that one.

Simon Kenton Trail

A Tale of Two Trails

August, 2023 by cincidave

I rode the trail today from Bowlusville to just north of Urbana. It was a sunny morning with temps in the upper 70s to low 80s. I parked at the Access Point at 580 West County Line Rd. which had a shelter and a port-a-pottty. Several other folks parked in the same lot, but it was never full. I rode the trail from Springfield to Bowlusville a couple of weeks ago.

The trail from Springfield to Urbana is paved and, for most of the distance, has a tree canopy to provide shade and block the wind. When I got north of Urbana it changed to chip seal and there was no tree cover. The surface was noticeably rougher but still tolerable with 28 mm tires at 60-70 psi. Between the chip seal and the sun, it's a different experience.

Two other notes for potential riders:
1. The trail seems a little shorter than the advertised 35.5 miles. The official description states that Bellefontaine to Urbana is 16 miles. Based on my rides, I'd say Urbana to Bowlusville is 7 miles and Bowlusville to Springfield is 9.5 miles. That's three miles shorter than the overall claimed distance. Maybe they included the 6-mile Buck Creek Trail in the claimed distance for the Simon Kenton Trail or maybe my numbers are off.
2. Going southbound into Springfield the connection to the Little Miami Trail is difficult to detect. If you recall to turn left at South Center Street at the end of the Simon Kenton Trail, you will make the connection, but there is no sign there if you don't remember. Going northbound from the Little Miami Trail, there is a sign that directs you to the left on South Center Street to make the connection with the Simon Kenton Trail.

Marion Tallgrass Trail

Nice Ride

August, 2023 by mshark59

This is a nice trail. It had some bumpy spots but not a big deal. Mostly shaded. We saw 2 Bald Eagle, a Great Blue Heron and other wildlife. Worth the ride.

Marion Tallgrass Trail

Trailhead confusion

July, 2023 by bent_bill

Nice ride. However 2093 Holland Road was not a good address for my Garmin navigator. Yes it is loaded with the current maps. Left me on a two lane road with no sign of a trailhead. So I asked google on my phone to navigate to the "Tallgrass trail near Marion Ohio" and arrived at the East end trailhead just fine.

Wabash Cannonball Trail

Depends on section you are on

July, 2023 by trob4cy

I started on the north fork just east of Montpelier riding east and after awhile realized this trail was just not passable by bicycle (rough aggregate / overgrown / down trees). After West Unity I moved to neighboring highways (mainly roads G and F) until I got east of Wauseon. When rejoining east of Wauseon the quality of the trail was still very poor. But once I reached the Delta trailhead on Hwy 109 the trail transformed into a very nice quality paved trail all the way into Fallen Timbers. I was just passing through on longer ride so did not spend anytime on the south fork.

I would probably characterize some of the sections west of Wauseon as some of the poorest trail situations for bicycling I have ever seen. Then on the flip side the section east of Hwy 109 were great. Assuming this Jekyll and Hyde scenario is due to different groups maintaining the trail with Toledo Metroparks section to the east of north fork being very nice. Northwestern Ohio Rail to Trails Association maybe lacking resources to conduct proper maintenance in western portions of north fork (or maybe bicycling is not considered a primary use for the trail in the western portions of the north fork).

Slippery Elm Trail

slippery elm trail

June, 2023 by dfahle

Nice, easy ride. We’ll shaded

Great Miami River Trail

Trail starting at Trenton.

June, 2023 by paulfanfoot

Rode this trail north towards Middletown. Not too much fun in the direct sunshine. Wouldn’t recommend this if it’s not cloudy. We will try and hit this same trail farther north to see if it is any better. We saw nothing like the pic they show as trees weren’t around this trail at all.

Simon Kenton Trail

Was Just ok

May, 2023 by keith.a.burley

Three and a half stars Rode Simon Kenton trail from Bellefountaine to West Liberty and back (14 mile round trip). It is a seal and chip surface in very good condition done in 2018 (https://www.simonkentonpathfinders.org/about/). It is a rail-to-trail so it is basically flat. The trail runs alongside a set of train tracks - as noted in other reviews - no shade except in the late afternoon / evening. Not anything particularly attractive about the trail other than a new place to ride.

Marion Tallgrass Trail

Good ride

May, 2023 by traillink user

Nice easy ride to get some good mile PR’s

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