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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 eliminate the need to traverse several lanes of busy traffic.
In the north, the trail forms a loop around Middle Basin in the Lake Park Complex. From the park, a spur built on a short stretch of the former Ohio and Erie Canal towpath heads southwest to Roscoe Village, a restored 1830s canal town. The village features old-fashioned shops, restaurants, a museum and the launching point for horse-drawn canal boat rides on the Monticello III.
Another paved trail segment follows County Road 1A and Bridge Street from Coshocton Lake Park to the northwestern edge of downtown Coshocton.
Visitors to the area should park at the Coshocton Lake Park Recreational Complex to access the Coshocton Three Rivers Bikeway. From State Route 83, head north past downtown Coshocton. The route overlaps with US 36 for a short distance, so be sure to follow the signs for the left turn to stay on SR 83. The park entrance is to the left just north of there.
Restrooms and drinking fountains are available at the parking area.
Nice level & paved walking path & very close for a walk through Roscoe Village!
The Coshocton Three Rivers Bikeway is basically a recreational trail that is made up of a series of loops in Coshocton, Ohio's Lake Park. There are two spurs off of the loops that take you into Coshocton and into Roscoe Village. There are lots of recreational amenities in this park — baseball, softball, and soccer fields; picnic areas, playgrounds, camping, fishing, and a pool with a water park. There are a couple of spurs off of these trail loops that connect to the city of Coshocton and also to historic Roscoe Village. Roscoe Village is sort of an Ohio Colonial Williamsburg. Its purpose is to recreate the atmosphere of an 19th century canal town. There is also the Monticello III, a canal boat that offers horse drawn canal boat rides on a small restored part of the Ohio and Erie Canal that once ran through here.
The trail is paved and is in okay shape. However, if your intention is to ride this trail, it probably is best to ride this trail early in the day as there are lots of spectators of kids athletics that are walking or standing on portions of the the trail near the athletic fields in the evenings. It is sometimes difficult to get through sections of the trail, particularly when young children are walking near and with their parents. Don’t expect to develop any speed on this trail because of this. Maybe this trail is best left to those who are utilizing the park for other reasons.
If you are a history buff then by all means give this park and the trail a visit. The canal basins, canal locks, the actual towpath, the aqueduct over the Walhonding River, the Monticello III canal boat rides, and Roscoe Village would make it worth a visit.
I have a six year old and three year old (still on training wheels) and we have biked here four times this summer. We all love it. Great place to take the kids for a bike ride.
The campground restrooms at the Lake Park Complex are brand new, handicap accessible, and very clean. All vending machines in the complex have been removed.
The trail surface is clean & smooth (roots under the incline near the SR83 tunnel, between the lake & canal boat, creating large surface humps). Volunteers keep the trail clean & beautifully landscaped. There's a slight change in surface levels (1-2 inches) on either end if the aquaduct bridge crossing the Walhonding River near the Lake Park Complex. The trail is relatively level, with 3 steep inclines. 2 located at the south end of the lake, & 1 at the northeast end. Benches are spaced along the trail, including a couple gazebos tucked in the trees. RESTROOMS are available in the Visitor Center in Roscoe Village and at Lake Park at the soccer fields, playground/picnic area, & campground. VENDING machines with beverages can be found at Lake Park in the playground/picnic area, the Monticello canal boat (along SR83). Roscoe Village has restaurants, groceries, ice cream, & alcohol. The Local Bounty store (north of US36 on SR83) is accessible from the far end of the soccer fields & features delicious foods made/grown locally. PARKING available at the Roscoe Village end of the trail, Lake Park, soccer fields, canal boat, & behind Local Bounty. BONUSES: Fishing, camping, waterslide park, Historical Roscoe Village (with tours), canal boat rides, softball & soccer fields, & plenty of space for picnics, outdoor games, & relaxing.
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