I-670 Downtown Connector Trail

Ohio

I-670 Downtown Connector Trail Facts

States: Ohio
Counties: Franklin
Length: 3.5 miles
Trail end points: Fort Hayes Memorial U.S. Army Reserve Center at Jack Gibbs Blvd. and Cleveland Ave. and Ohio Dominican University at Airport Dr.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6016918
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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I-670 Downtown Connector Trail Description

The 3.5-mile I-670 Downtown Connector Trail parallels Interstate 670 and Leonard Avenue in Columbus on its winding route from Ohio Dominican University to the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center and Columbus State Community College. While scenery may be lacking, the trail is a vital connector between neighborhoods on Columbus' east side and the city's downtown.

The pathway connects to the Alum Creek Trail at Nelson Road, allowing trail users to continue uninterrupted through Columbus to Three Creeks Metro Park and points south. Both trails are part of the expansive Ohio to Erie Trail network, which heads north from Columbus to Cleveland and south to Cincinnati.

Parking and Trail Access

While there are no official parking areas for the I-670 Downtown Connector Trail, parking can be found at Sawyer Park on Bolivar Street and Saunders Park on Fairfield Avenue. The trail is located a few blocks north of the parking lots.

I-670 Downtown Connector Trail Reviews

I pretty much agree with the previous review. The trail is not as bad as I have heard or thought. There is parking at the Hyden Park off of Nelson Road. The trail did look a little on the neglected side and in need of some attention as far as some pavement repair, some mowing and trimming, and a good clean up. There is a lot of traffic noise from the freeway, but that is to be expected running along side of a freeway. All in all, at this time, I would have to rate it at 3 stars due to the neglect of the trail mentioned above. I did however enjoy the ride, just watch out for the broken beer bottle glass!

I rode the I-670 Bikeway today and it was not nearly as bad as I thought that it might be considering the route. Park at Fort Hayes near the corner of Cleveland Avenue and Jack Gibbs Blvd, which is just north of I-670 by Columbus State. The trail starts at this corner and this is the best parking on the route. The trail follows the sidewalk, which is extra wide and marked as a bike path, past the two towers, past the old VA Clinic, and across the highway on Leonard Avenue. One across the highway, the trail runs between the highway and the steel fence until it reaches Fifth Avenue. Wait for the light and then continue east in the same manner until you reach Airport Drive, then return. There is no dedicated parking at this end unless you park in a business parking lot, so parking in the open lot at Fort Hayes is best and safest. There are mild uphills complemented with mild downhills, but use caution at intersections. I flew through all intersections except Fifth Avenue, where waiting for the light was absolutely necessary. The overall round trip was 6.9 miles.

The condition of the bikepath was gritty with residual dirt and cinders left from winter along with occasional fragments of a beer bottle or two.

I consider this bikepath safe to ride but it is not scenic in the least. It serves its purpose as a commuter path from CSCC to ODU and was just one more Ohio trail that I wanted to ride.

~ Trail Jogger ~

Please note & update your original review posting to reflect the trail jumps at Leonard Ave bridge crossings over I-670 were repaired in 2008.

PS - Could staff add a date to go along with the original review posts?

Accordion

As of circa 2007 the I-670 trail is now connected to and intersects with the Alum Creek trail. The junction is where I-670 crosses over Nelson Rd. The two MUPs share the same route from that point to the current northeast terminus at Airport Drive bridge underpass alomg the Alum Creek river.

The Alum Creek greenway contiguous section is being built to the north over the next few years, starting early 2010, hopefully ~ 3.5 miles of missing link will be completed by city of Columbus in three phases sometime around 2012.

"You can also park at Fort Hayes along Jack Gibb Blvd, which intersects Cleveland Ave. This is where the trail ends."

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