Lima Rotary Riverwalk


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Lima Rotary Riverwalk Facts

States: Ohio
Counties: Allen
Length: 13.3 miles
Trail end points: Heritage Park and Schoonover Park (Lima)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6396536
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Lima Rotary Riverwalk Description

The Lima Rotary Riverwalk trail follows the southeast bank of the meandering Ottowa River between Heritage Park southwest of Lima and Schoonover Park northeast of city center. At its north end, the scenic trail circles the lake at Schoonover Park; at its midpoint, the trail makes a loop around Hoover and Collett Street parks; and at its southern end, a loop around Heritage Park's woodlands.

Along the route, you'll find access to more city parks, neighborhoods and downtown Lima.

Parking and Trail Access

Park at Heritage Park (2092 Reed Rd.), Collett Street Park (880 S Collett St.) and Schoonover Park (Findlay Rd. at McCullough St.).

Lima Rotary Riverwalk Reviews

I have ridden on this trail different times and love it each time. It is all asphalt or concrete which makes bike riding easier..

I ride this trail frequently. It is a very nice trail, but it needs a little TLC. There are a few areas where tree roots are pushing up the asphalt and there are a couple other areas where holes need repaired. Very enjoyable otherwise.

This trail is very nice. There are several starting points depending on how many hills you want to climb. The newest section of the trail which begins on North St and goes east of town is in excellent condition with interesting terrain. However if you want to ride this section the turn off is not well marked. Beginning on the north side of North St (near Lima Senior HS) you will need to ride on a shared sidewalk traveling east. This turns into the path about 1/3 mile just past the water plant. You can also choose to start from the east. Lots of fun.


Wonderful variety of scenary along the river. Great condition. Some terrain changes to make it a good cardio workout. Highly recommend this route.

I am a new rider and just love this trail. Very open, safe and clean

I had to spend several weeks in Lima summer of 2015. I'd brought my Catrike since I'd heard about this trail. It was very different from my regular rides around Tampa Florida, but was really nice for a being routed through a suburban area. A good share of the street crossings were routed under the street along the river . I managed to stretch my rides out to just over 20 miles by taking in the offshoot trails and circling around at the north and south ends, but with so few straight segments I was very seldom able to get the Catrike up over 15 MPH.

We started at Ottawa Metro Park. The trail at that end is in great condition (except that the loop around the reservoir is not paved, nor even gravel). The bridges are awesome. The underpass at I-75 was closed for road construction. For a few blocks the trail is also a sidewalk in a residential area - watch out for cars and kids on bikes pulling in and out of driveways. The loop around the lovely lake at Schoonover Park is only paved part way around. The other part is coarse gravel. Fine for a mountain bike, but we were riding recumbent trikes. Along the river the trail is nice, however, it smelled of sewage in many places. We turned around when we got to the refinery. On Google Earth it appears that the trail parallels the refinery for about a mile. Overall the section we rode was a great workout - lots of twists and turns, ups and downs. Very few road crossings due to the street underpasses at the bridges. Though there were plenty of expensive looking granite trail markers, none of them indicated mileage, which would have been helpful.

Started at Ottawa Park off of Ada Rd. and rode to Heritage Park in Shawnee. (We did not ride to Schoonover Park.) Trail condition was excellent. We rode the road tandem and had no trouble negotiating the turns. In town, the trail goes under the cross streets at the river bridges. Very convenient. We also liked the stone trail markers. Food places weren't obvious from the trail. We found a Subway in the plaza at Ft. Amanda Rd & Shawnee Rd (in Shawnee, near Heritage Park).

This trail is awesome. If you start in Ottawa Metro and go to Heritage maybe taking in the side parks you can get a great workout and have great scenery. There are hills, turns and straights. I am new at biking and need to work on turns and hill climbing and this trail has it all. You won't be bored. Restrooms at some of the parks and plenty of places to get off the path to go in town. We must do this path 2 to 3 times a week.

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