Clinton-Fayette Friendship Trail

Ohio

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Clinton-Fayette Friendship Trail Facts

States: Ohio
Counties: Clinton
Length: 7.1 miles
Trail end points: Melvin Rd. (east of Wilmington) and N. Borum Rd. (east of Sabina)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016837
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Clinton-Fayette Friendship Trail Description

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 rural village of Sabina, a community which dates back to 1830.

In the middle of the trail, from Sabina Farmers Exchange to the community of Reesville, about 2.5 miles of the route is paved; to either side, the rest of the trail is crushed stone. There is also a short on-road section in Sabina between Orchard Avenue and Howard Street.

Parking and Trail Access

A parking lot is available at either end of the trail: off Melvin Road to the west, and off N. Borum Road to the east. Mid-trail, a parking lot is also available in Sabina at the intersection of W. Mound Street and N. College Street.

Clinton-Fayette Friendship Trail Reviews

I rode the trails in Wilmington, Ohio so I was curious about this one when I heard that it had opened last year. I started my ride at the trailhead parking lot at the corner of North College and Mound Streets in Sabina, OH. The town is essentially at the current center of the trail. The trail is very flat so it is easy in that respect. Through town the path is paved. the trail surface for last 2 or 3 miles at either end is currently railroad ballast. The limestone aggregate surface at either end of the trail is not crushed, so stones range in size from pea to half dollar-sized. This made for a slow go in the unpaved portions of the trail. I wouldn't ride a road bike at either end of the trail. Finally, despite being tree-lined for most of the trail, there wasn't as much shade on this trail as one might think.

The trail is arrow straight and apart from riding through Sabina you are surrounded by farmland the whole time. My recommendation is to wait to travel to ride this trail until it is either entirely paved or until it is connected to either Washington Courthouse or Wilmington or both.

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