North Coast Inland Trail (Huron County)


North Coast Inland Trail (Huron County) Facts

States: Ohio
Counties: Huron
Length: 22.2 miles
Trail end points: Towsend Ave (Norwalk) to Prairie Road (Bellevue) and Laylin Road to Derussey Road (Collins)
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6121496
Trail activities: Bike, Wheelchair Accessible, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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North Coast Inland Trail (Huron County) Description

The North Coast Inland Trail through Huron County is just one segment of a system of trails in the North Coast Inland chain. Other segments include Lorain County, Sandusky/Ottawa counties and the Wabash Connector.

The trail passes among hardwood forests, crosses several rivers and offers wide views in some areas. The trail follows part of the former Toledo, Norwalk & Cleveland Railroad (later New York Central's Norwalk Branch), which is being converted to trails across northern Ohio. The Huron County segment is managed by Firelands Rails to Trails, an all-volunteer, non-profit group.

The trail is continuous between Bellevue and the Norwalk city limits (9.5 miles) with the exception of a brief jaunt where the Peru Center Road grade crossing in Monroeville is used to cross the active rail line that this section of the trail closely parallels. East of Norwalk more than 4 miles of trail are open in the Collins area. In Collins, cyclists can continue their journey east on a 4-mile signed, on-road route along country roads to Wakeman.

When complete, the Huron County section of the North Coast Inland Trail will join other segments under construction in Lorain and Sandusky counties. Connection to the Sandusky County segment is currently available via a marked road route through the City of Bellevue. For the latest trail updates, visit Firelands Rails to Trails.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking on the Norwalk-Bellevue section is available at the trailheads at North West Street in Norwalk, Peru Center Road in Monroeville, Sand Hill Road in Lyme Township and the Reservoir 4 parking lot on Bauer Road in Bellevue.

Parking on the Collins area section is available at the trailhead at Hartland Center Road in Collins and a larger parking lot for horse trailers is located on South Railroad Street in Collins.

North Coast Inland Trail (Huron County) Reviews

Today my gf and I rode this trail. We started at Norwalk and headed west to Bellevue.i would recommend this route.I was very surprised with how well the trail was maintained and planed. the views are spectacular..stop and check out the old trains in Bellevue very interesting part of railroad history.

Even on a great Saturday afternoon, this trail was uncrowded and an enjoyable ride, although since it is unpaved it is more effort than the section in Oberlin. We started at the end in Norwalk. About 20 miles round trip. Note that the Mcdonalds sign you see as you are approaching Bellevue is NOT as easy to get to as it appears, and we turned around and returned. Convenient stop (probably best to drive though) either before or after your ride is H&B's Hop for food/ice cream. (33 E Seminary St, Norwalk, Ohio 44857-2119). We wished there had been a sign at the end in Bellevue telling us how much of a road ride we had before returning to a dedicated path, in case we had wanted to continue.

This is a flat, crushed gravel trail, not much coasting, be prepared to pedal. It is beautiful through the cornfields and farms. Only did the trail ride no road biking, trail ride was just over 9 mi, one way. We felt that was enough considering its a round trip adventure. Peaceful, and scenery abundant. It was a cloudy day, which made it a very comfy ride, but there is potential for being out in the sun for a good portion of the ride. Take plenty of water as there are no stops to refill and no bathrooms, access to little towns you could probably ride into, McDonald's at the end of the trail. It was a lovely ride. Thanks trail link for helping us find it!


The nearly 10 mile Norwalk to Bellevue segment is a neat little section of rail trail. Most of it is flat and straight, though there are a few slopes and gradual curves to keep things interesting, while the adjacent landscape varies from woods to wide open fields to the backyards of the village of Monroeville. The trail itself is mostly a nice finely crushed limestone surface, however some of the older parts of it in the Norwalk and Monroeville areas still have a slightly rougher dirt/gravel surface.

The trail crosses several meandering streams using refurbished railroad bridges, the most notable of which being the two that cross the Huron River. One is an double arched stone bridge over the Huron River's east branch near Norwalk, which features an adjacent scenic overlook deck offering trail users a view of the river below and the bridge itself. The other is a concrete decked bridge over the Huron River's west branch in Monroeville, which opened in 2012 as the centerpiece of a new section of trail that completed what had been a long standing gap.

The trail is well signed, there are mile markers every half mile and each road and stream crossing is labelled. A few of the trailheads have information boards and there are plenty of benches along the way. The trail is also birdwatcher friendly and has some bird habitat boxes in the open areas. The trail features several preserved railroad relics as well, such as the Monroeville depot and some whistle posts, land line markers and other railroad signage. The entire Bellevue to Norwalk section also parallels the still active Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway.

The only on trail restroom facility is a pota-pot at the Northwest street trailhead in Norwalk, the nearest food options are in downtown Norwalk and Monroeville, and the closest bike shop is on Main Street in downtown Norwalk. Overall this is a nice trail for an enjoyable walk, run or ride.

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