Lester Rail Trail


Lester Rail Trail Facts

States: Ohio
Counties: Medina
Length: 3 miles
Trail end points: Abbeyville Road and Lester Road at Lester Rail-Trail Park (York Twnshp)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016847
Trail activites: Bike, Wheelchair Accessible, Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Lester Rail Trail Description

The Lester Rail Trail in Ohio's Medina County runs 3 miles between Abbeyville Road and Lester Road in York Township. The trail passes through bucolic farmland with scattered remnants of prairie, where native grasses still grow, and wetlands. Look for wildlife and wildflowers, including the rare cardinal flower in the wet areas along the trail. Although the path is mostly level, it rises slightly from Abbeyville Road to Lester Road.

A highlight of the route is a miniature railroad which lies adjacent to the trail on county parkland. A club called Northeast Ohio Live Steamers offers seasonal train rides for the public along the diminutive track.

Parking and Trail Access

Park at the rear of the Medina County Career Center in the northeast corner of the parking lot. You can also park off Fenn Rd. and at 3654 Lester Road.

Lester Rail Trail Reviews

I like this trail because it's only about 3 miles from home. Typical straight trail with crushed limestone. Trail description is very accurate except for the distance. Mile Marker 0 is at Lester and it's MM 2.85 at the other end at Abbeyville Rd. To get 3.2 miles, they must be including the paved side trail that joins the main trail at about MM 2.5 and runs up to the parking lot at the Career Center. There are 2 busy road crossings at SR252 and Fenn Rd. The Fenn crossing is right near the intersetion of SR18, so be especially careful when crossing here.

Parking and a port-a-potty are available at Fenn Rd. and Lester Rd.

The latest addition is the York Twp park just west of SR252. It has a small lake, a playground, and a beautiful picnic pavilion.

The park district does a great job of keeping the grass mowed along the sides......MM

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