North Lewisburg Trail


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North Lewisburg Trail Facts

States: Ohio
Counties: Union
Length: 1.9 miles
Trail end points: North Lewisburg Community Park and Inskeep Cratty Road
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 11291863

North Lewisburg Trail Description

The North Lewisburg Trail lies about 40 miles northwest of Columbus in the Village of North Lewisburg. The trail runs northeast from the community park in a wooded corridor that once housed train traffic. A small stream flows parallel to the trail, which is surrounded by crop fields as far as the eye can see. There are two bridges on the route: one over a confluence of streams mid-way, and one at the trailhead on Inskeep-Cratty Road. That structure, known as the Pottersburg Bridge, is a historic covered bridge that was relocated to this site from North Lewisburg Road in 2006. This trailhead also has parking and benches.

Parking and Trail Access

There is parking at both ends of the trail: North Lewisburg Community Park, located at 139 East St, North Lewisburg; and the historic Pottersburg Covered Bridge (17141 Inskeep-Cratty Rd., North Lewisburg).


North Lewisburg Trail Reviews

Peaceful & Beautiful

I enjoyed running the North Lewisburg trail! To the end and back was about 3.4 miles. It is flat and very straightforward. Love the tree cover - it makes it cooler and more secluded. The covered bridge is beautiful, also. Definitely will be back!

An Isolated Local Rail Trail With One Interesting Feature

I recently rode an out-and-back ride on the 1.6 mile long North Lewisburg Trail. I started in North Lewisburg in Ohio's Champaign County and rode out to the Pottersburg Bridge found at the end of the trail just off of Innskeep-Cratty Road (County Rd. 163). The highlight of this short trail is the Pottersburg Bridge; a wooden covered bridge that was moved to this trail in order to preserve the historical structure. The surface of the trail is asphalt which is still in fairly good condition but it is beginning to show its age as there are several rough spots caused by tree root uplift.

This rail trail was built upon an abandoned Erie Railroad rail line. The southern end of this same line starts as the Simon Kenton Trail, which currently ends at Urbana, Ohio. This creates the potential to expand this trail and connect it to a much longer regional trail. However, I don't know if there is the will to see such a project through to completion in this mostly agricultural area of Ohio. Currently, this trail is one that serves just the local residents.

Nice trail for the area

The trail follows a stream, is flat and relatively straight. It is a nice trail for the area. I started at the bridge, went to the endpoint in North Lewisburg, and then turned around. My cycle-computer clocked the roundtrip at 3.5 miles. The write-up by TraiLink said there was a second bridge part way on the trail, but I only saw the foundations for one. There was a port-a-pot at the parking lot by the covered bridge. I was there mid April of 2021.

Good flat-ish trail that's mostly shaded

A small parking lot on Inskeep-Cratty holds about six cars. Wide trail. Straight and relatively flat. Mostly covered w a few patches of sun. It would be five stars if it had a water faucet/fountain. No facilities.

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