Camp Chase Trail


Camp Chase Trail Facts

States: Ohio
Counties: Franklin, Madison
Length: 16 miles
Trail end points: Wilson Rd. SE (London) and N. Eureka Ave. (Columbus)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 7291985
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Camp Chase Trail Description

The Camp Chase Trail is a paved, 16-mile pathway stretching from Lilly Chapel to southwest Columbus in Ohio's Madison and Franklin Counties. In Columbus, you can easily pick up the nearby Scioto Greenway Trail, which heads into downtown.

The trail's name derives from the Camp Chase Railroad, which it parallels and pays homage to the historical Camp Chase Civil War encampment and Confederate Cemetery.  

A highlight of the route is a connection to Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, a recreational gem with 7,000 acres of prairies and forests. Use Darby Creek Drive to access the Darby Creek Trail that winds north through the park.

At its western end, on the other side of Wilson Road, lies the Roberts Pass Trail, which heads another 6.5 miles west to London. On the west end of London, you can hop on the Prairie Grass Trail, a 29-mile rail-trail that passes through South Charleston while offering scenic rural landscapes.

All three trails are components of the Ohio to Erie Trail, a planned 320-mile route that will eventually span Ohio from the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland to the Ohio River in Cincinnati. More than 270 miles of the trail are currently complete and open for use.

Parking and Trail Access

The trailhead at approximately 3670 Wilson Road (west end of the trail) offers parking for about a dozen vehicles.

The trailhead at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park (8465 Alkire Road) offers restrooms and two parking areas where overnight vehicles are allowed with an on-site registration form.

Camp Chase Trail Reviews

I am a new 43 year old rider on a Mountain Bike. I started this trip at Wilson Rd end, I rode to Columbus. This trail was amazing to be on, I encountered many pleasant riders and walkers. The trail did get confusing at I think it was Battelle park where I encountered Mt. Everest (LOL) was not expecting that hill but enjoyed the off-road ride through the woods. Over all I am planning on riding this trail again only starting in London next time. Over all I finished 22 miles and enjoyed it very much.

Very nice well maintained trail. There are several flip flop across the RR tracks. and a couple highway crossings. There is a gravel section and a short steep hill in Battelle Darby Park so be prepared to go to the small ring.

The trail is in great shape but not much to see along it. The middle section is not on a rail trail but through a park. Pretty good hills in the park just to warn you if you are looking for a flat rail trail. The park was probably the nicest part.


I started at Battelle Darby Park heading west, then continued on Roberts Pass Trail almost to London before turning back. I crossed 2 railroad tracks and 2 to 3 roads. Otherwise it is a well maintained trail with views of Ohio farmlands. Especially important to me, the trail had very few twigs, leaves and stones on it, allowing me to enjoy the scenery rather than dodge these potential hazards. Loved it!

Metro Parks is asking that trail users not park in the lot at Galloway Tavern. Signs are posted. Limited parking is available in 6 spots along the trail (off O'Harra Road). Tavern parking is for tavern patrons only.

Parked at Galloway Tavern and cycled back east a couple miles until trail ended, I think at Sullivant Ave. Trail is recently paved. We didn't see any clear mile or km markers that made sense so we weren't sure how far we had biked. Returned to the Tavern, then continued west to the park and back. Went in to have a brew at the Tavern but service was too pokey. All in all, a pleasant ride and not crowded at all.

I parked in Galloway and rode to Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park. Although I followed the signs, I missed the rest of the trail once I got inside the park. I did ride back to Galloway and on to Hall Road where the rest of the trail is being paved. Can't wait for this to connect to Columbus!

Trail extends west to London, Ohio and takes you through rural farm lands. From the parking lot at Batelle Darby metro park to London and back is approximately a 24 mile round trip. The trail is under construction to the east toward Columbus; currently you can ride as far east as Galloway.

There are bathroom facilities available at the Batelle Darby parking lot. There is also a porta john about 5.5 miles west of the park trail head at the Wilson road trail parking lot. There are no water fountains at either spot, so be sure to bring your own water.

The trail is pleasant and has light traffic. It is paved and in good condition.

Great, flat paved trail. Rode it to Roberts Pass and continued to London. Sparsely populated on a Saturday afternoon (though it did rain).

The Camp Chase Trail is a paved multi-use trail and it is close to 7.5 miles now and will be 15 in the next 2-3 years. The easiest place to access it is within Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park. Your description says it is crushed stone, but the trail is paved everywhere except the small connector thru the metro park where it is stone. The NE trail point is Alton Road and it will reach Galloway Rd in the near term.

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