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The North Coast Inland Trail (NCIT) represents a regional collaboration among park districts across the Buckeye State to connect trails linking Ohio to Indiana and Pennsylvania.
Begin this section of the NCIT in Ottawa County’s village of Elmore, which has a trailside bike shop as well as a downtown featuring antiques stores and a few small eateries. A restored railroad depot greets visitors, highlighting the history of Penn Central Railroad’s Norwalk Branch that served local industries and passengers.
From there, the route heads southeast for nearly a dozen miles to Fremont, entering Sandusky County and transporting trail users through charming small towns, lovely parks, and pristine rural areas. Midway, you’ll travel through Lindsey, where you’ll find Wendelle Miller Park, which provides public restrooms and drinking water.
At the Walter Avenue trailhead in Fremont, a gap in the trail begins, requiring travel via a low-trafficked, marked on-road route across town. While in town, a notable stop is the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, about 0.5 mile from the bike route.
At Hayes Avenue, you can pick up the trail again. As you pedal out of town, you’ll cross the spectacular bicycle and pedestrian bridge over the Sandusky River. The path continues just over 12 more miles through Clyde to the western edge of Bellevue, ending at County Road 177. Most of this segment is rail-with-trail and provides proximity to such icons as the world’s largest washing-machine factory. You’ll also have ample opportunity to take in the Ohio countryside.
On the west end of the trail in Elmore, parking and restrooms are available at Walter Ory Park. From the Ohio Turnpike (I-80/I-90), take Exit 81 for OH 51. At the T-intersection, turn right onto OH 51, and go north 1.3 miles. Entering Elmore, the route becomes Rice St. Cross Ottawa Street and immediately see the park and public parking lot on your right. The trail runs through the park and ends 1.2 miles northwest.
On the east end of the trail in Bellevue, parking is available at County Road 292/Riddle Road. From the Ohio Turnpike (I-80/I-90, take Exit 110 for OH 4. Head south on OH 4, and go 5.6 miles. Turn right onto US 20, and travel 5.7 miles to Riddle Road. Turn left onto Riddle Road, and travel 0.3 mile south to the trail parking lot, which will be on your left. The trail’s end is just 0.5 mile east.
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