Chippewa Inlet Trail


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Chippewa Inlet Trail Facts

States: Ohio
Counties: Medina
Length: 3.95 miles
Trail end points: State Route 42 (Lafayette) and Chippewa Road/County Route 50 (Chippewa Lake)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016766

Chippewa Inlet Trail Description

The Chippewa Inlet Trail runs for nearly 4 miles between Lafayette Road/State Route 42 and the Chippewa Nature Area. The trail traverses an open, pastoral landscape along the Chippewa Inlet, which provides habitat for many bird species. Some of the birds you might see include American avocets, sandhill cranes, bitterns and bald eagles.

Just north of Wedgewood Road/State Route 162, the Chippewa Inlet Trail passes through Buckeye Woods Park, the largest park in the Medina County Parks system.

Parking and Trail Access

Ample parking is found at Buckeye Woods Park, on State Route 162 in Lafayette Township, 0.5 mile east of State Route 42. You can also park at a lot off County Highway 50/Chippewa Road just west of Lee Lore Lane.

Chippewa Inlet Trail Reviews

beautiful and quiet trail

Unique and beautiful. Loved the wetlands and lily pads, as well as the fields. Well maintained.

wide open spaces

I love the open space on this route. Smooth path and very scenic.

north inlet trail

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

A Wetlands Wonder

The Chippewa Inlet Trail follows a creek simply known as the Inlet that flows into nearby Chippewa Lake. The trail is very flat and since it is only 4 miles long it does not take long to cover the entire route. The Inlet is in the middle of a wetlands nature preserve which makes the trail prone to flooding. So this may not be a trail to ride after several days of rain. You also may want to wear mosquito repellant.

The trail runs by and connects to Buckeye Woods Park as well. This is a recreational park that includes sports fields, picnic pavilions, playgrounds and a fishing pond. There are several small loops that you can ride in the park, but be aware of pedestrians as you ride in Buckeye Woods.

In addition, you can combine this trail with the nearby Chippewa Rail Trail, which starts just .8 miles east on Chippewa Road for an even longer ride.

This trail is a nature lovers delight and I would recommend riding it either in the early morning or late evening to maximize seeing what wild creatures may be paying a visit. This morning I saw a bald eagle sitting in a tree across Chippewa Road from the southern end of the trail.


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Beautiful park. Trails are well maintain. Bullfrogs croaking, birds chirping, blue herons, bunnies, families of geese and beautiful vegetation and sparkling lake are some of the wonderful things you will see and hear on your ride. Enjoy ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿!

Great for a bike

I love this trail it's all flat and a good challenge on my Strava.

Handicap Accessible big plus!

What is so nice about these trails is you can take a short walk around the lake or head into the woods and make it longer, and I can take my son in his wheel chair and the paths are great. We don't have a lot of places to go that are this nice. I wish there was a web sight that told handicap people about these gems.

Great Trail

The Chippewa Trail is a hidden gem. I typically park in Chippewa and run the full 2.5, turn around and run back. I'll maybe see 2-3 people tops while I'm out there. It's perfect for running, biking, or walking. My dog LOVES it. The Medina County Parks knock it out of the park. This trail is nicely maintained and super clean. Love it.

Trail with options

Chippewa inlet trail is fairly flat. Deer and may species of birds are in the area. The trail runs from Chippewa road to Buckeye woods park, where it continues north and circles around a wetland area, making the trail much longer than stated. If planned, you could enjoy a picnic in the park, watch a soccer game, or go on a nature walking trail just off the bike trail.

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