The Huron River Greenway MetroPark trail has been re-opened to the public
to the extent it was before being closed in 2007 as a result of a court decision.
It is open from the trailhead they share with another Erie MetroParks facility,
the DuPont Marsh State Nature Preseve south to about 1/2 mile south of the
"Nickel Plate Underpass." The current entrance is near a large Erie County
water tower on River Road south of Huron. It is also open from the foot
of Main Street in the Village of Milan north to near the Ohio Turnpike bridge
over the former railroad and the Huron River. Users on this portion of the trail
should park on the left side of the trail entrance, near the Greenway sign, or up
in the Milan Town Square and walk or ride down the hill. Only about a 700
foot long section between the NKP underpass and the Ohio Turnpike bridge
Historic markers for the Milan Canal, Wheeling and Lake Erie and the Nickel
Plate railroads can now be viewed on either side of the Mason Road trailheads.
Other historic markers for the Milan Canal can also be seen both near the Milan
Village trailhead. The trail north of Mason Road has a crushed limestone surface
while the remainder of the trail is a leveled original ballast surface.
While the bridge for U.S. 250/State Routes 13 & 113 over the former railroad
track in Milan was removed, a box culvert was installed in its place on the
former railroad right of way. While this has precluded the railroad line from
being re-laid; it does mean the trail could eventually be extended south to
Norwalk along the former Wheeling & Lake Erie line. There, it would connect to
the North Coast Inland Trail, another rail trail open west of Norwalk on the
former NYC Norwalk Branch.