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The Alum Creek Greenway Trail takes you through a scenic landscape from Westerville through Columbus to Groveport, with easy access to adjoining neighborhoods and a multitude of public parks to enjoy. While the trail crosses busy suburban areas, your proximity to the winding and picturesque Alum Creek—with its many bridges in a range of architectural styles—physically and mentally removes you from the hustle and bustle.
The paved path is appropriate for all levels of users, and it provides great signage and enough amenities to facilitate a smooth biking or walking experience. As you ride along, you’ll appreciate the continuity maintained by several underpasses beneath major roadways; in fact, there is only one short section (at approximately the midpoint of the trail) where you are briefly routed onto a sidewalk to cross a busy intersection.
The trail’s first 7 miles, from its northern end in Westerville to Easton Town Center in Columbus, offers a plethora of dining and shopping options. This section also traverses Strawberry Farms Park, where you cross the creek on a lovely double-arch bridge.
About midway, the trail skirts the Ohio Dominican University campus. From there, the southern end of the greenway takes you through Bexley, which has a charming arts district. You’ll continue on through the preserved natural areas of Three Creeks Park, a perfect location for some rest and relaxation with picnic areas, boat access, and walking trails, as well as a connection to the nearly 18-mile Blacklick Creek Greenway Trail.
As you travel on the Alum Creek Greenway Trail, you can also learn about the incredible history of active transportation, celebrated with plaques and bridges along the path, honoring such important figures as African American bike racer Marshall “Major” Taylor and Ohio to Erie Trail project founder Ed Honton. The greenway is part of the statewide Ohio to Erie Trail, which will eventually span more than 300 miles as it continues north to Cleveland and south to Cincinnati from Columbus.
At the northern end of the trail, you can park in Alum Creek Park North (221 W. Main St., Westerville) and take a short connector trail across Alum Creek to the start of the Alum Creek Greenway Trail. From I-270, take Exit 27 and head north on Cleveland Ave. In 1.2 miles turn right onto Main St., traveling east about 0.3 mile to reach the park, which will be on your right. Find parking along Alum Park Dr.
At the southern end of the trail, park in Three Creeks Park (3860 Bixby Road, Groveport). From I-70, take Exit 103B and head south on Alum Creek Dr. about 3.1 miles; then turn left onto Watkins Road. The road heads east, then curves south after a short distance; when you come to an intersection in 0.6 mile, continue straight onto Spangler Road for another 0.1 mile. Turn left at the Three Creeks Park sign and follow this park entrance road past a series of parking lots; park at the third parking lot as it’s closest to the Alum Creek Greenway Trail. From the corner of the parking lot, pick up the paved connector trail that heads east, past the playground, to Alum Creek; cross the creek and you’ll be on the Alum Creek Greenway Trail.
Additional parking can be found within many of the parks along the Alum Creek Green-way Trail.
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