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Length
Surfaces
Type

4-C Bicentennial Trail

1.3 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Armleder Park Trail

2 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Bike and Hike Trail

34.2 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Blackhand Gorge Trail

4.26 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Blacklick Creek Greenway Trail

17.8 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Dirt

Blanchard River Greenway Bike Trail

1.5 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Bridgeway Trail

4.8 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Buckeye Scenic Trail

5.5 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Camp Chase Trail

15.9 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Canal Winchester Trail System

4.8 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Celina Coldwater Bikeway

4.61 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway

17 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Clinton-Fayette Friendship Trail

7.1 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Conotton Creek Trail

11.2 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Coshocton Three Rivers Bikeway

2.4 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

County Line Trail (OH)

6.75 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Creekside Trail

15.2 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Concrete

Fairfield Heritage Trail

9.5 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Foor Leisure Path

1.3 mi
State: OH
Asphalt
Accordion

Freedom Trail (OH)

7.5 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Gallia County Hike & Bike Trail

8.5 mi
State: OH
Crushed Stone

Great American Rail-Trail

3743.9 mi
State: DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Great Miami River Trail

86.2 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Harrison-Dillard Bikeway

3.74 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Headwaters Trail

8 mi
State: OH
Crushed Stone

Heritage Rail-Trail

6.1 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Heritage Trail (OH)

17.2 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Woodchips

Hockhocking Adena Bikeway

20.4 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Holmes County Trail

23.1 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Hoover Scenic Trail

0.6 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Huron River Greenway MetroPark Trail

1.8 mi
State: OH
Crushed Stone

Iron Horse Trail (Alliance)

3.9 mi
State: OH
Crushed Stone

Iron Horse Trail (OH)

7.6 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Kokosing Gap Trail

13.5 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Lake Metroparks Greenway Corridor

5.1 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Lake to Lake Trail

2.4 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Lebanon Countryside YMCA Trail

8.2 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Lester Rail Trail

3 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Lima Rotary Riverwalk

13.3 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail

12.5 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Little Miami Scenic Trail

78.1 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Concrete

Lowe's Drive Trail

0.7 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Lunken Airport Bike Path

5 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Mad River Trail

7.1 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Maple Highlands Trail

20.6 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Gravel

MetroParks Bikeway

10.6 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Miami & Erie Canal Towpath

36.6 mi
State: OH
Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Mohican Valley Trail

4.8 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Morgana Run Trail

2.1 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Muskingum Recreational Trail

4.5 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Ballast

National Road Bikeway

2.6 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Nickelplate Trail (OH)

2.5 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

North Coast Inland Trail (Huron County)

15.6 mi
State: OH
Crushed Stone

North Coast Inland Trail (Lorain County)

19.3 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Oakwoods Trails

1.4 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Dirt, Grass, Woodchips

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail

81.1 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone

Ohio Canal Greenway

2.7 mi
State: OH
Cinder, Grass, Gravel

Ohio River Trail (OH)

7.6 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Concrete

Ohio to Erie Trail

271.9 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Olde Muskingum Trail

6 mi
State: OH
Crushed Stone

Olentangy Trail

22.5 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Concrete

Paint Creek Recreational Trail

34.8 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Portage Hike and Bike Trail

9.8 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Prairie Grass Trail

29.2 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Richland B&O Trail

18.5 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Roberts Pass Trail

6.5 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Shaker Trace Trail

7.8 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Simon Kenton Trail

35.5 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Sippo Valley Trail

10 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Slippery Elm Trail

13.1 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Stavich Bicycle Trail

10 mi
State: OH, PA
Asphalt

Steel Mill Trail

2 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Stillwater River Bikeway

7.1 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

T. J. Evans Panhandle Trail

9.8 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

T. J. Evans Trail

14.3 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

University/Parks Trail

6.3 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Wabash Cannonball Trail

62.9 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Wabash Cannonball Trail Connector

1.6 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Western Reserve Greenway

43 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Wolf Creek Trail (OH)

16.2 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Wright Brothers Huffman Prairie Bikeway

4.6 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Concrete

Xenia-Jamestown Connector

15.7 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Zane's Landing Trail

2.9 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Zoar Valley Trail

20.1 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Ballast, Dirt, Grass
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The 4C Bicentennial Trail is one of several throughout Wilmington, OH, and runs between Southeast Neighborhood Park and Fife Avenue (CR 82), just across the road from the south end of Denver Williams...
OH 1.3 mi Asphalt
The Armleder Park Trail loops along a wide, paved route through the open meadows of the park, located east of Cincinnati. At the southeast end, you'll find an overlook of the Little Miami River....
OH 2 mi Asphalt
Though not far from two of Ohio’s largest cities, Cleveland and Akron, the Bike and Hike Trail passes alongside beautiful natural areas, including the 65-foot Brandywine Falls, a stunning cascading...
OH 34.2 mi Asphalt
The Blackhand Gorge Trail, the only bike path in the Ohio nature preserve system, features some of the best scenery in the state. Perhaps this is to be expected from a trail that passes through a...
OH 4.26 mi Asphalt
The Blacklick Creek Greenway Trail runs interrupted for nearly 18 miles between Reynoldsburg and Groveport on the southeastern edge of Columbus. The trail parallels Blacklick Creek for the vast...
OH 17.8 mi Asphalt, Dirt
The Blanchard River Greenway Bike Trail runs along a former Baltimore & Ohio Railroad corridor on the riverfront in downtown Findlay. The trail primarily courses through woodlands, with highlights...
OH 1.5 mi Asphalt
The Brideway Trail is found within the Black River Reservation, a park in Lorain County, where you can walk, jog, inline skate, cross-country ski or bike. The trail runs between Day's Dam in Lorain...
OH 4.8 mi Asphalt
The Buckeye Scenic Trail, a recent addition to the expanding Licking County trail system, stretches roughly 6 miles from the northern reaches of Heath to Lakewood High School on US 40. In the north,...
OH 5.5 mi Asphalt
The Camp Chase Trail plays a role in two of Ohio’s most exciting trail projects: it is a key piece of the cross-state Ohio to Erie Trail and an integral part of the Central Ohio Greenways network...
OH 15.9 mi Asphalt
This nearly 5-mile trail system weaves throughout historic Canal Winchester, Ohio, a southern suburb of Columbus. The extensive network links residents with parks, businesses and the city’s high...
OH 4.8 mi Asphalt
The Celina Coldwater Bikeway is an early rail-with-trail project from the 1980s. Long a popular trail, users follow the Penn Central Railroad between the village of Coldwater and the city of Celina,...
OH 4.61 mi Asphalt
The Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway extends 17 miles along the city's Lake Erie shoreline, between the suburbs of Euclid and Lakewood. The bikeway has on-road sections, and the route is signed. The...
OH 17 mi Asphalt
Opened in 2017, the Clinton-Fayette Friendship Trail, spanning 7.1 miles, is the longest rail-trail in central Ohio's Clinton County. Following a former railroad corridor, the rail-trail spans the...
OH 7.1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Once the corridor of the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway, today the 11.2-mile Conotton Creek Trail offers complete immersion in a bucolic setting in northeastern Ohio. Situated in the rolling...
OH 11.2 mi Asphalt
The Coshocton Three Rivers Bikeway provides safe and direct access from the City of Coshocton to the Coshocton Lake Park Recreational Complex and historic Roscoe Village. Two crossings under US 36...
OH 2.4 mi Asphalt
The County Line Trail travels the path of the former Erie Lackawanna Railroad between Rittman and Creston. A highlight of the trail is a former Baltimore & Ohio freight station located just west of...
OH 6.75 mi Asphalt
The Creekside Trail is part of a network of more than 340 miles of trails that travel throughout Ohio’s scenic Miami Valley. The route follows a nature-filled corridor offering many opportunities for...
OH 15.2 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Columbus’ Downtown Connector Trail provides a vital link between neighborhoods and schools on the city’s east side and the downtown area. On its east end, the paved pathway begins adjacent to I-670...
OH 5 mi Asphalt
The Fairfield Heritage Trail winds through and connects the community of Lancaster. It links a college, high school, junior high school and elementary school, as well as numerous parks and shopping...
OH 9.5 mi Asphalt
The Foor Leisure Path is a short, paved trail that links the northern edge of Groveport’s quaint residential core with the Blacklick Creek Greenway Trail. The connection allows Groveport residents to...
OH 1.3 mi Asphalt
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Northern Ohio's Freedom Trail currently offers more than 7 miles of tree-lined pathway along the former Freedom Secondary Railroad. From Eastwood Avenue in eastern Akron, the paved trail follows a...
OH 7.5 mi Asphalt
The Gallia County Hike & Bike Trail follows an old railroad right-of-way between Bidwell and Gallipolis, at the Ohio River. Though are plans to develop a total of 28 miles (to include Vinton County...
OH 8.5 mi Crushed Stone
The Great American Rail-Trail highlights some of the country’s most iconic landmarks, well-known geography and storied history across a 3,700-miles-plus route between Washington and Washington....
DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY 3743.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Great Miami River Trail is the backbone of one of the nation’s largest paved trail networks, spanning 340 miles throughout Ohio’s Miami Valley. The route connects beautiful natural areas, small...
OH 86.2 mi Asphalt
The Harrison-Dillard Bikeway is a north-south urban path that not only connects the Lake Erie shoreline with the University Circle district, but connects trail users with Cleveland’s cultural past....
OH 3.74 mi Asphalt
The bucolic Headwaters Trail is a pleasant 8-mile journey through the rural landscape between Mantua and Garrettsville. The path has a crushed-stone surface and is mostly shaded. It follows the route...
OH 8 mi Crushed Stone
More than half of the smooth, flat, 6.1-mile Heritage Rail-Trail has a parallel 4-mile horse trail. The equestrian corridor starts at Hayden Run Road and continues northwest to the Cemetery Pike...
OH 6.1 mi Asphalt
Findlay lies at the heart of Hancock County's 17-mile Heritage Trail. From the city center, the trail extends west to Litzenberg Memorial Woods and east to Van Horn Cemetery. The trail mostly follows...
OH 17.2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Woodchips
The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway is one of southeast Ohio’s hidden trail gems. Tucked into the foothills of Appalachia, this 20-mile trail gives a sampling of the best the Buckeye State has to offer:...
OH 20.4 mi Asphalt
Holmes County, located in northeastern Ohio, is the heart of the state’s Amish country. Visitors to this rural enclave will find meandering country roads and bucolic natural areas, as well as the...
OH 23.1 mi Asphalt
The Hoover Scenic Trail continues north from the paved Genoa Trail to Weise Road just south of Galena. The trail follows the northwestern shoreline of the sprawling Hoover Reservoir within a scenic...
OH 0.6 mi Asphalt
The Huron River Greenway MetroPark Trail has two separate segments, each just under 1 mile long. The northern (Huron) segment runs from DuPont Marsh State Nature Preserve off River Road and heads...
OH 1.8 mi Crushed Stone
The Iron Horse Trail runs along the corridor of a railroad that originally connected Alliance and Minerva. The north section runs from State St, across from the University of Mount Union, to the...
OH 3.9 mi Crushed Stone
The 7-mile Iron Horse Trail (open in two disconnected segments) utilizes approximately 2 miles of former Penn Central right-of-way, providing users a pleasant route through neighborhoods, as well as a...
OH 7.6 mi Asphalt
The Kokosing Gap Trail delights visitors with its rich railroad history, which is on display throughout the paved route. Once the corridor of the Pennsylvania Railroad, the rail-trail now connects the...
OH 13.5 mi Asphalt
The Lake Metroparks Greenway Corridor runs for more than 5 miles through Painesville, Painesville Township and Concord Township. The elevation rises a little more than 200 feet from Painesville (north...
OH 5.1 mi Asphalt
Cleveland Metroparks’ Lake to Lake Trail links Lake Isaac and Lake Abram in Middleburg Heights via an asphalt- and boardwalk-surfaced path. The two lakes are the largest remaining glacial wetlands in...
OH 2.4 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
The Lebanon Countryside YMCA Trail offers 8 miles of paved pathway winding through Lebanon, from downtown to a connection to the 78-mile Little Miami Scenic Trail. The trail begins in the north near...
OH 8.2 mi Asphalt
The Lester Rail Trail in Ohio's Medina County runs 3 miles between Abbeyville Road and Lester Road in York Township. The trail passes through bucolic farmland with scattered remnants of prairie, where...
OH 3 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Lima Rotary Riverwalk trail follows the southeast bank of the meandering Ottowa River between Heritage Park southwest of Lima and Schoonover Park northeast of city center. At its north end, the...
OH 13.3 mi Asphalt
The Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail runs parallel to the Middle Fork of the Little Beaver Creek and has many beautiful and interesting features, including glacial outwashes, upland fields, mature...
OH 12.5 mi Asphalt
The Little Miami Scenic Trail is a jewel in the crown of Ohio rail-trails, spanning just over 78 miles from the outskirts of Cincinnati to Springfield over historical bridges and through tranquil...
OH 78.1 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Lowe's Connector Trail parallels Lowe's Drive in Wilmington, OH, and links Rombach Avenue with Prairie Road; however, this is no sidewalk once you reach Prairie Road. The trail is best used to...
OH 0.7 mi Asphalt
The Lunken Airport Bike Path offers a 5-mile loop around Cincinnati's municipal Lunken Airport. Much of the trail sits atop the levee that protects the airport from flooding of the Little Miami River....
OH 5 mi Asphalt
The Mad River Trail offers a paved route connecting a handful of parks along its namesake river in northeastern Dayton. The scenic pathway is also part of one of the nation's largest network of paved,...
OH 7.1 mi Asphalt
The Maple Highlands Trail totals more than 20 miles. A majority of the trail follows an abandoned Baltimore & Ohio Railroad corridor through a mostly rural landscape, heavily wooded in places. The...
OH 20.6 mi Asphalt, Gravel
The nearly 11-mile MetroParks Bikeway provides a scenic and well-designed link to communities and natural sites in this northeast region of Ohio. The rail-trail follows a corridor between Canfield and...
OH 10.6 mi Asphalt
The Miami & Erie Canal was built between 1825 and 1845, an engineering marvel stretching from Cincinnati to Toledo. This canal was heavily used until competition from the railroad caused the decline...
OH 36.6 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
For nearly 9 miles, the Mill Stream Run Reservation All Purpose Trail runs through a wooded park in Berea, a western suburb of Cleveland. Though the trail loosely parallels Valley Parkway, you will...
OH 8.9 mi Asphalt
The Mohican Valley Trail runs for nearly 5 miles along a former right-of-way of the old Penn Central Railroad on the eastern edge of Knox County, between Brinkhaven and Danville. The trail features...
OH 4.8 mi Asphalt
The Morgana Run Trail runs on a former Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway corridor through Cleveland’s historic Slavic Village neighborhood. The paved rail-trail connects residents to Cleveland...
OH 2.1 mi Asphalt
The Muskingum Recreation Trail runs for 4.5 miles along a ballast trail between Main Street in Dresden and Rock Cut Road. The trail offers views of the Muskingum River, with impressive rock...
OH 4.5 mi Asphalt, Ballast
Though only 2.5 miles, the National Road Bikeway features an impressive below-grade tunnel, which was built in 1902. The narrow tunnel is 532 feet long and is lighted but still gives you the...
OH 2.6 mi Asphalt
Ohio's Nickel Plate Trail runs for 2.5 miles from 5th Street near Ravenna Avenue (Metzger Park) to Swallen Avenue south of town. The wooded corridor follow an old railroad right-of-way through parks,...
OH 2.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The North Coast Inland Trail is a series of trails across multiple northern Ohio counties that, as they expand and connect, are emerging as an impressive long-distance trail between Cleveland and...
OH 15.6 mi Crushed Stone
The North Coast Inland Trail will one day stretch across northern Ohio from Indiana to Pennsylvania on a network of connecting off-road trails. Today, large sections of the trail, especially from the...
OH 19.3 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Oakwoods Trail system runs through a 155-acre nature preserve bordering Interstate 75 southwest of downtown Findlay. The preserve features a small lake, woodlands and meadows. The trails form...
OH 1.4 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Grass, Woodchips
The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail is an amazing trail journey that takes users from the heart of this country’s industrial might in cities like Cleveland and Akron, to some of the most beautiful...
OH 81.1 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone
The Ohio Canal Greenway extends south from Hebron on an old Penn Central Railroad right-of-way. Farm fields border the trail on the west, while remnants of the historic Ohio and Erie Canal are to the...
OH 2.7 mi Cinder, Grass, Gravel
When complete, the Ohio River Trail in eastern Cincinnati will be an important 23-mile connector between downtown, riverfront parks, the city's municipal airport and many neighborhoods. Currently,...
OH 7.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Ohio to Erie Trail is a colossal project, not just for the state of Ohio but also nationally. Dreamed up more than 25 years ago, this route will eventually connect the Ohio River in Cincinnati to...
OH 271.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Olde Muskingum Trail parallels the Tuscarawas River and the Ohio & Erie Canalway between Cherry Street in Canal Fulton and Forty Corners Road just north of Massillon. The 6-mile scenic trail has a...
OH 6 mi Crushed Stone
For visitors and locals alike, the Olentangy Trail is the ideal way to explore Columbus, the dynamic capital of Ohio, as well as the surrounding communities. Named after the eponymous river it follows...
OH 22.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Paint Creek Recreational Trail is the flagship pathway of a planned trail network in the Ohio counties of Fayette, Ross and Highland. Nearly 35 miles of paved trail are currently open linking the...
OH 34.8 mi Asphalt
The Portage Hike and Bike Trail stretches nearly 10 miles between Kent and Ravenna, about 40 miles southeast of Cleveland and the southern shores of Lake Erie. As of December 2015, its entire length...
OH 9.8 mi Asphalt
The 29-mile Prairie Grass Trail is one of four rail-trails that radiate from Xenia Station, the hub of a vast, paved trail network in southwestern Ohio. The site is a former Baltimore & Ohio (B&O)...
OH 29.2 mi Asphalt
Traveling just over 18 miles through some of the most scenic areas of the Buckeye State, the Richland B&O Trail is an ideal way to immerse yourself in the region. Built partially as a result of the...
OH 18.5 mi Asphalt
The Roberts Pass Trail runs from downtown London, Ohio, to rural Fairfield Township. The trail passes through farmland for 6.5 miles, although dense tree cover shades the route at all...
OH 6.5 mi Asphalt
The Rocky River Reservation All Purpose Trail parallels Valley Parkway through several western suburbs of Cleveland, but this is no traditional suburban side path. Instead, the winding trail through...
OH 13.5 mi Asphalt
The Shaker Trace Trail forms a loop around Miami Whitewater Forest, the largest county-run park in Hamilton County. The fully-accessible, paved trail runs for nearly 8 miles through the park’s...
OH 7.8 mi Asphalt
Seamlessly spanning the 35.5-mile distance between the Ohio communities of Bellefontaine and Springfield, the Simon Kenton Trail presents visitors with ample opportunities for recreation and wildlife...
OH 35.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Following a portion of the former Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad corridor, the Sippo Valley Trail spans 10 miles between Dalton and Massillon in northwestern Ohio, presenting a mix of rolling farmland,...
OH 10 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
In 1875, the Bowling Green Railroad Company operated its first train from its namesake city in Ohio south to Tontogany on rails made from the wood of the local slippery elm tree. The trees were...
OH 13.1 mi Asphalt
Fifty years after the last trolley cars ran on the Penn-Ohio Electric System between Youngstown, Ohio, and New Castle, Pennsylvania, in 1932, travelers on foot, bikes, and skates began using the...
OH, PA 10 mi Asphalt
The Steel Mill Trail is a 2-mile continuation of the Bridgeway Trail, which lies within the Black River Reservation, a scenic wooded park in Lorain. The Steel Mill Trail picks up at the north end of...
OH 2 mi Asphalt
The Stillwater River Bikeway winds through Dayton's northern suburbs, following the tree-lined eastern shore of its namesake waterway for much of the way. Two disconnected segments of trail are...
OH 7.1 mi Asphalt
Cruising along on the nearly 10-mile T. J. Evans Panhandle Trail (known locally as the Panhandle Trail), you might be surprised to encounter a massive basket seemingly plunked down by a giant. In...
OH 9.8 mi Asphalt
Located in central Ohio, the 14-mile T. J. Evans Trail is a popular route, attracting both locals and visitors. With its tree-covered canopy that provides respite from the sun on hot summer days,...
OH 14.3 mi Asphalt
The University/Parks Trail is a wide, paved trail that extends from Toledo into its western suburbs along a former railroad corridor. More than half the trail also parallels an active freight...
OH 6.3 mi Asphalt
The Wabash Cannonball Trail in northwest Ohio is actually two trails in one: its North Fork runs east–west for 46 miles and its South Fork makes up the balance of this nearly 63-mile trail. The forks...
OH 62.9 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Wabash Cannonball Trail Connector is a short, but valuable, paved route on the west end of Maumee that connects historical attractions, a popular park, and a rail-trail that spans more than 60...
OH 1.6 mi Asphalt
The Western Reserve Greenway travels 43 miles through a scenic, mostly rural area, cutting a north–south course from Ashtabula to Warren in northeastern Ohio. The route follows much of the...
OH 43 mi Asphalt
Ohio’s Miami River Valley, with 340 miles of off-road trails, is home to one of the nation’s largest paved trail networks. Heading northwest from Dayton, the Wolf Creek Trail is one piece of this...
OH 16.2 mi Asphalt
The Wright Brothers Huffman Prairie Bikeway runs from South Street in downtown Fairborn, along the north side of Kauffman Avenue adjacent to an active rail line, to National Road. At that point, the...
OH 4.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Xenia–Jamestown Connector links these two eponymous communities and travels east beyond Jamestown to the Greene–Fayette County line at Rosemoor Road. It’s part of Ohio’s Miami River Valley trail...
OH 15.7 mi Asphalt
The Zane's Landing Trail—also known as the Zanesville Riverfront Bike Path—extends north from downtown Zanesville on a former railroad corridor wedged between the Muskingum River and an active rail...
OH 2.9 mi Asphalt
The Zoar Valley Trail winds along the Tuscarawas River between the village of Schoenbrunn in the south and Fort Laurens State Memorial in Bolivar in the north. The path offers a mixture of rolling...
OH 20.1 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Dirt, Grass

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Chippewa Inlet Trail

north inlet trail

November, 2019 by esideserf

Love the north inlet trail and a jog around the wetlands. It’s an amazing trail.

Shaker Median Trail

This Trail Takes Advantage of Hard to Develop Public Land

November, 2019 by orangedoug

The Shaker Median Trail is a nice little park trail. It is located between the eastbound and westbound roadways of Shaker Boulevard in the cities of Beachwood and Shaker Heights, Ohio. The trail runs from Friendship Circle in Pepper Pike to Warrensville Center Road in Shaker Heights. This is not a destination trail, nor a trail that is a link to other trails. It simply serves the recreational needs of local residents in Beachwood and Shaker Heights. The path is narrow particularly in the Beachwood City Parks. Despite it being a chilly day there were a number of people out walking on the trail or walking with their dogs. On warmer days, I would imagine that the park would be much busier, so a crowded narrow pathway could be a bit of problem for a cyclist. Signs in the park directed toward cyclists limit your speed to 10 mph. The trail is listed as 3 miles long and I rode an out and back ride trying to incorporate all of the loops within the Beachwood City Parks so my total distance traveled was 7.3 miles.

I enjoyed riding this trail. Due to the chilly weather I think that I did not encounter as many pedestrians as I would have on a warmer day. This left this narrow trail more wide open than it may have been otherwise, so I was able to ride pretty much unimpeded. One thing that I did not enjoy about this trail were the numerous dog droppings that had not been cleaned up by pet's owners. That was disappointing because there were a number of signs posted within the park reminding pet owners of this responsibility. Otherwise this was a nice little ride.

Stillwater River Bikeway

Dayton's Memorial Day Tornado Effected This Trail

November, 2019 by orangedoug

I rode the two segments of the Stillwater River Bikeway back in July of this year, but forgot to review here at TrailLink.

I rode this trail a month and a half after a devastating Category F4 tornado tore through the area. Before my trip to Dayton, I just couldn't believe that I kept reading online that the trail was still closed. However, when I rode the southern section of the trail the destruction of what must of been a beautiful tree lined river pathway became more and more evident as I traveled north from Island MetroPark. It will take decades for the trees to grow back to the same conditions you see along the northern section of the trail. The trail it self is in good shape but becomes somewhat rough as the trail shares the park road north of the Wegerzyn Center. Here the road is marked with a number of potholes and rough patches.

In contrast, the northern section of the Stillwater River Greenway in Englewood MetroPark was not affected by the Memorial Day storms. The trail here is heavily shaded but has an excellent surface. There is one significant climb if you want to travel south of the of Englewood Dam but it is eased by one switch back in order to pass by the dam's spillway. There are several beautiful lakes both above and below the dam. One slightly disturbing aspect of the trail in Englewood Park is that in some areas of the park you have to share the single lane roadway with cars. Fortunately, for a Saturday I didn’t feel that the park was particularly busy.

It saddens me to think of how the weather has changed the face of the southern portion of the trail. Here's hoping that the damage caused by the Memorial Day tornado might spark the desire to connect the two sections in this trail. It might now be easier to complete the gap between the two sections of trail. First of all, the downed trees will have to be removed because as the piles of dead trees dry out they will become more and more of a fire hazard. Because these trees are such a jumbled and tangled mess, heavy equipment will need to be called in to remove the debris. This heavy equipment will create pathways for the equipment to move around in the debris field and perhaps these pathways can be turned into a good portion of the missing section of trail. Only time will tell.

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Armleder-Lunken Connector Trail

Use this Trail to Avoid Beechmont Circle

November, 2019 by orangedoug

I rode the Armleder-Lunken Connector Trail in Otto Armleder Park in Cincinnati, Ohio as part of my southbound Ohio to Erie Trail (OTET) route ride. Officially, this trail is not recognized as one of the trails of the OTET route, but I would recommend it to all who are attempting to ride the Ohio to Erie Trail as it avoids a dangerous traffic circle near Lunken Airport. Having ridden the OTET twice before, I consider Beechmont Circle a dangerous intersection for all cyclists because this traffic circle has a number of buildings and trees in its center which block a driver's view of what is up ahead/around the corner in the circle. Combine these blind curves with fairly high speeds within the circle and the interchange can be hazardous to cyclists. Therefore, I have sought out a way to avoid this intersection all together. My solution is to connect to the Lunken Airport Bike Path or Wooster Road/Wooster Pike (depending on your direction of travel) by using the Airport Connector Trail between Lunken Airport and Armleder Park. If you take this trail you avoid Beechmont Circle completely.

Ohio to Erie Trail

The Ohio to Erie Trail Has the Potential to be One of America's Great Trails

November, 2019 by orangedoug

I've ridden the Ohio to Erie Trail (OTET) three times; first in July of 2013, again in May 2016, and most recently in October of 2019. It is interesting to note the progress that has been made in filling in the on-road gaps in the trail between each ride. However, it is frustrating to witness the glacial pace at which this trail is being completed.

Currently, the largest on-road gaps in the OTET exist between the end of the Sippo Valley Trail in Dalton and the beginning of the Holmes County Trail in Fredericksburg; between Killbuck and Glenmont on the Holmes County Trail, and between the end of the Heart of Ohio Trail southwest of Centerburg and the beginning of the Sandel Legacy Trail in Sunbury. There are a few smaller gaps in the OTET among which include, the bike lane in the Ohio River Trail in Cincinnati, the missing bridge over Little Miami River at the end of the Little Miami Scenic Trail needed to connect to the Lunken Airport Bike Path and a less than 1 mile gap between the Prairie Grass Trail and the Roberts Pass Trail in London.

The Ohio to Erie Trail is a paved trail except for the portion of the Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail that runs through northeast Ohio's Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It is unlikely that the National Park Service will pave this portion of the trail due to the canal's historical significance in developing the Ohio territory and helping to expand our nation from the original 13 colonies.

This trail links the three C's of Ohio -- Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati. These are Ohio's 3 largest cities. In between you will encounter a variety of cities and towns; rivers, wetlands, and forests; industrial, commercial, and agricultural areas; and different types of topographies. This variety makes the Ohio to Erie Trail unique when compared to the nation's other long-distance trails.

It is important to understand that the OTET is still a work in progress. While some locations have embraced being a part of the trail, others seem to have completely ignored it. Communities that embrace the trail offer bike friendly establishments whether they be bike shops, hotels, Bnb's, restaurants, or trailheads. There just are not enough of them. The state of Ohio should be looking into promoting such businesses along the trail. One thing that is certainly needed are more official, recognized campsites along the trail. Whereas riders of C&O/GAP Trail, or Missouri's Katy Trail can expect to see a campsite roughly every 8 to 12 miles, the OTET has some areas where such campsites are 60 miles apart. Such distances don't make the trail appealing those that would prefer to camp. It also doesn't give riders much wiggle room in their itineraries to explore around the trail or deal with the unexpected such as a flat tire. Perhaps more campsites and other amenities will become a priority once the trail is fully completed.

My complaints are not intended to be a trashing of this trail but rather constructive criticism designed to help improve this into one of America's great trails. With the Rails to Trails Conservancy designating much of the OTET as part of its route for the Great American Rail-Trail through Ohio, I'm hoping that improvement and completion of the trail will become more of a state priority. If you are considering riding the Ohio to Erie Trail, don't hesitate. It is worth every pedal stroke.

Newport Southbank Bridge (Purple People Bridge)

A Must if You Are Riding the Ohio to Erie Trail

November, 2019 by orangedoug

If you choose to ride the Ohio to Erie Trail route, especially if you are heading southbound, consider taking one short additional ride on the Newport Southbank Bridge. It is also known locally as the Purple People Bridge because of its lavender color and because it is not open to cars. The length of the trail is listed at 1/2 mile in length, so it will not take you very long to complete even an out and back ride on the bridge.

The payoff for riding this short trail is the opportunity to get some great pictures of the Cincinnati skyline and riverfront. In addition, on the other end of the bridge is the Newport Aquarium, a 20 screen AMC movie theater, and many restaurants and bars.

Ohio River Trail (OH)

A Scenic Ride That is a Great Start or Finish to the Ohio to Erie Trail Route

November, 2019 by orangedoug

On October 7th, after over 300 miles of pedaling across Ohio, I reached the final trail of my southbound journey on the Ohio to Erie Trail route. I started on the Ohio River Trail (Ohio version) at the Lunken Airport Terminal. Only 5.5 more miles to downtown Cincinnati and I would be able to dip my tires in the waters of the Ohio River and call this trip finished and a success.

The trail runs along US-52 (the Ohio River Scenic Byway) sometimes on side next to the river, sometimes on the side away from the river and for about a 2.5 miles as a bike lane on US-52. You really don't get to see much of the Ohio River until you cross the US-52 and ride into Turkey Ridge Park in the Columbia-Tusculum neighborhood of Cincinnati. Here you ride a trail that skirts the rivers edge while passing by Riverview East Academy. Immediately afterword you ride into the Ohio River Edge Launch Club where you can ride down to the water and dip your tires in the Ohio River at this boat launch. I had a different river access point in mind so I continued toward downtown.

Further on you return to US-52 where you will ride a well-defined bike lane on both sides of US-52 for the next 2.5 miles. Riding along this bike lane I noticed how this once empty stretch along the river had changed since I last rode on this bikeway 3 years ago. There have been many new riverview condos or townhouses built along this stretch. So much so that there is a lot fewer panoramic views of the Ohio River and downtown Cincinnati than previously. When you reach The International Friendship Park the bike lane ends and you will re-cross US-52 (now Riverside Dr.) and enter the Park. From here you will follow a Bike Path all the way to the riverfront downtown. On nice days and weekends this area can be quite crowded. On this cloudy, overcast Monday, the Riverfront was nearly empty. You will pass under several large bridges that span the river on your way to the downtown riverfront.

When you reach Yeatman's Cove and Sawyer Point Park you are pretty much done with the trail. You will reach the Newport Southbank Bridge (or Purple People Bridge) and can choose to ride over to Newport, Kentucky on this pedestrian and bicycle bridge and get some wonderful views of the Cincinnati skyline. If you continue traveling west you will reach the arena, (until recently named US Bank Arena), where a parking lot slopes into the waters of the Ohio River. This is where I go to dip my tires in the river.

The Ohio River Trail continues to travel west for another mile or so past the Great American Ballpark (home of MLB's Cincinnati Reds) and Paul Brown Stadium (home of the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals). Check out the bars and restaurants in the area known as the Banks located between the two stadiums. There is also a park area on the banks of the Ohio River between the two ballparks. The trail ends just a little past Paul Brown Stadium when the trail passes under the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge.

Lunken Airport Bike Path

Ohio to Erie Trail Rider Safety: How to Avoid Beechmont Circle

November, 2019 by orangedoug

The Lunken Airport Bike Path is a 5 mile loop that essentially runs the perimeter of the airport. The path is flat except for two short climbs onto the levees that protect the airport from floods of both the Ohio and Little Miami Rivers. For those of you that are thinking about riding the Ohio to Erie Trail (OTET), I have found that connecting to Otto Armleder Park through the Airport Connnector Trail is a much safer way to go than the on-road route suggested for the OTET to get from Lunken Airport to the Village of Marimont as it will help you avoid what I found to be a very troublesome Beechmont Circle interchange. This may add a few extra miles to your trip, but I have found that I do not enjoy negotiating this traffic circle with its driver blind spots.

If you are travelling southbound on the OTET I would say to use the Airport Connector Trail out of Armleder Park and connect to The Lunken Airport Bike Path that parallels the Little Miami River. This will parallel the airport's longest runway and take you the Ohio River Trail. Turn right and cycle to the Lunken Airport Terminal in order to pick up the Ohio River Trail.

For northbound OTET riders, I suggest following the Lunken Airport Bike Path along Wilmer Avenue toward Lunken Playfield, then take the part of the Lunken Airport Bike Path that crosses through the Reeves Golf Course at the end of the runway. Once through the golf course, climb the short steep hill onto the flood levee, and turn left onto the Lunken Airport Connector Trail in order to reach Otto Armleder Park and avoid Beechmont Circle.

Currently, there are plans for the OTET to connect directly to Little Miami River Trail by a bike and pedestrian bridge connected to OH-125 (Beechmont Ave.) so that OTET riders will be able to avoid riding along the very busy Columbia Parkway (US Rte. 50) in Mariemont. This bridge's construction is supposed to start in 2020 and be completed by 2021. If you are going to ride the OTET sooner than this I suggest that this is definitely an area you want to look at in Google Maps.

Armleder Park Trail

A Safer Alternative to the Current Ohio to Erie Trail Route

November, 2019 by orangedoug

On October 7th, I rode the Airport Connector Bike Path in Otto Armleder Park in Cincinnati, Ohio as part of my southbound Ohio to Erie Trail (OTET) route ride. Officially, this trail is not recognized as one of the trails of the OTET route, but I would recommend it to all who are attempting to ride the Ohio to Erie Trail as it avoids a dangerous traffic circle near Lunken Airport. Having ridden the OTET twice before, I consider Beechmont Circle a dangerous intersection for all cyclists because this traffic circle has a number of buildings and trees in its center which block a driver's view of what is up ahead and around the corner in the circle. Combine these blind curves with fairly high speeds within the circle and the interchange can be hazardous to cyclists. Therefore, I have sought out a way to avoid this intersection all together. My solution is to connect to the Lunken Airport Bike Path or Wooster Road/Wooster Pike (depending on your direction of travel) by using the Airport Connector Trail between Lunken Airport and Armleder Park. If you take this trail you avoid Beechmont Circle completely. This route suggestion of mine should be a temporary route detour. A bridge crossing the Little Miami River to the Lunken Airport Bike Path has been in the works for quite some time. At present, the bridge design is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019, with construction starting in 2020, and completion by 2021. Let's hope that this timeline can be maintained.

Little Miami Scenic Trail

The Standard Upon Which All Other Ohio Trails Are Judged

November, 2019 by orangedoug

The Little Miami Scenic Trail (LMST) is one of my favorite trails in Ohio. It has length (78 miles), scenery, wildlife, trail towns, amenities, lodging, camping, dining and shade. I've ridden this trail numerous times but this is my first review of the trail. I consider my home trail to be the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail that runs through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The Little Miami Scenic Trail probably should be considered my home away from home trail as it is so close to where my daughter lives. During my 2019 Ohio to Erie Trail ride, I rode the LMST from Xenia to Loveland and from Loveland to Avoca Park before having to road ride to get to Lunken Airport and the trail that circles the airfield there.

I rode part of the Simon Kenton Trail from Buck Creek into Springfield, Ohio back in July. The northern part of the LMST travels through Springfield and on to Yellow Springs before moving on to Xenia. Since this trail runs through both cities, farm land and the Little Miami Valley, there is quite a variety of scenery to look at. The city and towns vary as well. The trail towns range from some that have seen better days, to others that seem to be very trendy, and some that appear to be stuck in time. There is something for everyone along this trail. You won't be disappointed when riding this trail. Yellow Springs and Loveland are towns with restored train stations and dining and other amenities.

The trail surface is asphalt and is in very good condition with just a few spots where river bank slippage has caused some undermining of the riverside edge of the trail. The trail has numerous road crossings but once you get out of the larger cities you can ride for miles before having to cross another road. South of Xenia, because the trail parallels the Little Miami River in the narrow Little Miami Valley you feel as though you are in a much more isolated area than you truly are. There is plenty of wildlife. One of the highlights of my ride south from Xenia this time was having 3 deer cross the trail in front of me and ran down into a gulley that paralleled the trail only to race me along the trail route for about half a mile. My one complaint about the trail is this. The Little Miami River has been designated a National Scenic River. However, that designation must only apply if you are canoeing or kayaking on the river. From the trail you rarely get an unobstructed view of the river. Sometimes I think to myself, "Would it hurt to cut down a few trees here and there to let users of the trail enjoy the sights of the river, too?"

South of Loveland, the trail continues following the Little Miami River through Miamiville and Milford before reaching Avoca Park outside of Mariemont, Ohio. Once you reach Newtown Road you will have to ride out of the park and cross US-50 and ride through Mariemont to Wooster Pike before trying to connect to the Lunken Airport Bike Path. I should note that the Little Miami Trail does not end at Newtown Road. It actually passes under a bridge there and then goes across the Little Miami River and heads toward Lunken Airport. The problem is that the bridge that is supposed to be built over the Little Miami River to connect to the Lunken Airport Bike Path has not been built yet. I read about bridge construction of this bridge would start this summer, but there is absolutely no sign as to when this will happen. When this bridge is built the trail near Mariemont will be shorter and safer.

Prairie Grass Trail

Prevailing Winds Indicate it May Be Easier to Ride West to East on This Trail

November, 2019 by orangedoug

I rode the Prairie Grass Trail on October 4th as part of my southbound trip on the Ohio to Erie Trail (OTET) route. I awoke that morning at the London, Ohio trailhead where I had camped the night before. The city of London and the Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails have done a nice job of making a very friendly cyclists trailhead. There is an information/brochure kiosk in the picnic pavilion, water, electricity, a bathroom, 4 camping sites, and a bucket shower. One word of warning, if you camp here be aware that there are a number of trains that run through town at night and although the trailhead is not right on the tracks, you are close enough to the nearest crossing that if you're a light sleeper, I'm sure you will be awakened several times during the night.

The Prairie Grass Trail is a flat, straight trail that passes through large farms and the towns of South Charleston and Cedarville before arriving in Xenia. The ride between London and Xenia was fine, but slow, I think this was due to the accumulated effect of riding for 5 straight days and a slight but constant headwind. This headwind has been a constant on the Ohio to Erie Trail ever since heading out of Columbus, Ohio and into the farmland of the western middle of the state. (I believe that if you are going to ride the OTET only once, riding northbound might be the best bet as you will normally experience a tailwind between Xenia and Columbus based on the weather patterns of Ohio.

There are almost no turns in this 29 mile trail. There are a couple of dips and small undulations along this bikeway -- hardly enough to be called hills, but a bit of a departure from ultra flat rail-trails. The trail surface is asphalt which is in good shape. There is little in the way of tree cover as you ride through many farms.

South Charleston and Cedarville are much smaller towns than London and Xenia. South Charleston features a large grain elevator and at this time of year there were many grain cars on the rail sidings waiting to be filled. There is a short 1.1 mile on-road "detour" around the grain elevators and the movement of grain cars around that facility. South Charleston, has a nice trailhead that features bathrooms, parking, plenty of bike racks to chain up your bike(s) a picnic table or two, and a few train cabooses to remind you that you are riding a rail trail. You come into Cedarville on the south side of town. You pass by the Community Park, where it certainly looks like you might be able to camp there, but it is not something I have seen mentioned in any post or information about the town. As you reach South Main Street, you will see Hearthstone Inn & Suites which displays banners that they are bike friendly. The reviews I've seen for the place are positive. As with many of the towns along this western midsection of Ohio, the tree cover seems to thicken as you enter these towns. Xenia was not different. The trail comes to an end at Hill and Detroit Streets (Rt. 68) in Xenia. From here a widened sidewalk guides you through 2 crosswalks before you reach trail again on the edge of the Xenia Station grounds. When you reach Xenia Station a sign lets you know you are nearing the largest intersection of paved bikeways in the state of Ohio. In my opinion Xenia Station is also one of the prettiest old rail stations along any rail trail in the state of Ohio. The Prairie Grass Trail is very nice trail.

Roberts Pass Trail

Roberts Pass Trail: Gateway to London, Ohio

November, 2019 by orangedoug

I rode the Roberts Pass Trail as part of my southbound trip on the Ohio to Erie Trail Route in early October. This 6.5 mile trail runs along the same active/semi-active rail line as the Camp Chase Trail before it. The rail lines seems to be much more active during harvest time than during other parts of the year. I guess all that corn and soybeans have to be transported somewhere from the numerous grain elevators you see as you ride along this trail. This trail is arrow straight, I don't remember making a turn at all after starting on this trail. The trail surface is asphalt and it appeared to have been seal-coated some time before I rode the trail. This is a nice trail but there is not a lot to see along its length other than a swamp/wetlands area near Matco Services on Maple Street.

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