Sandel Legacy Trail


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Sandel Legacy Trail Facts

States: Ohio
Counties: Delaware
Length: 0.6 miles
Trail end points: S Columbus Street and Big Walnut Elementary School
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 10435759

Sandel Legacy Trail Description

The Village of Sunbury makes its own contribution to the expansive Ohio to Erie Trail with the Sandel Legacy Trail. The trailhead on Columbus and Vernon Street offers an early treat: a model railroad club housed in a reused train depot, which opens once a month to the public. For now, the Sandel rail-trail, (formerly known as the Big Walnut Community Trail) is just over a half-mile long—just good enough for a short out-and-back excursion within a wooded setting where you can spot small wildlife like groundhogs. The Sandel Legacy Trail connects to the Thomas W. Hopper Legacy Trail at the boundary between Sunbury and Galena. There is an additional segment of paved trail between E Cherry and Walnut Streets in Sunbury. Future plans will see it connected to the other portions of the longer trail.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available in a small lot at 168 S Vernon St, Sunbury.

Sandel Legacy Trail Reviews

Forms a great link from Sunbury to Galena but is sometimes confusing

Two issues I have with the Sandel Legacy Trail is it is hard to tell which parts of the trail linking Galena and Sunbury are [1] There are THREE TRAIL NAMES associated with this trail. Riding southwest to northeast, you pick up the Galena Brick Trail in Galena, either from Dustin Rd which is county road 104 or from N. Walnut Street in Galena proper if you followed West Columbus Street into Galena to go to The Coffee Vault or Galena Diner or simply through central Galena. Once you catch the Eastbound{Northeast bound} Galena Brick Trail , you pass through a park and playground, Miller Park and continue eastbound through residential Galena. Follow the trail straight into Sunbury and exit and you see the sign that says Sandel Legacy Trail . But as you are riding along on this trail, some of the streetsigns labeling the trail say Thomas W Hopper legacy Trail. Thus on a short 2.5 mile trail, you see three name changes and the transitions are not clear. Sandal Legacy is only named prominently on a sign at the east trailhead. [2] The continuation of the Ohio to Erie Trail from the Sandel Legacy is not clear from the map or from wayfaring signs at the Northeast trailhead of the Sandel Legacy. The map suggests you turn to S Columbus Street to follow a path to the North through Sunbury to Rainbow Street. However doing so requires a n unmarked LEFT TURN after crossing the Bridge over S Columbus Street to leave the trail and roll down to that street. The trail continues east to where the actual Sandel Legacy Sign is posted then ends in gravel through which you cut to the north to find yourself on N Vernon Street then you have to make a LEFT TURN {No sign informing you of this} onto E Cherry Street to get to North Columbus Street which you can then take to Rainbow Avenue. Signs for Ohio bike route 1 are pretty clear once you make it onto North Columbus Street, they will guide you to Rainbow Ave to High Street and then to Hartford Rd which gets you out of Sunbury, up a little hill, then you are ready for the actual Delaware County Preservation Parks Ohio to Erie Trail, all trail as of 6/3/2022 and it takes you onto the Heart of Ohio Trail. Sandel Legacy Trail itself is pretty nice but it is confusing, poorly signed especially at its transitions into Sunbury and it is unclear where it becomes Thomas W Hopper or Galena Brick.

Not Yet Ready For Prime Time

The Sandel Legacy Trail located in Sunbury, OH currently exists in two parts which total only 0.6 miles in length. I rode what currently exists of this trail when I rode across Ohio on the Ohio to Erie Trail route.

I rode the southwest section of the Sandel Legacy Trail as it was closer to the next trail leading to Columbus, the Galena Brick Trail. There is a whole depot-like area within Sunbury, just south of the Delaware County Courthouse Square, where the old rail line ran through town. The two segments of this trail seem to be on either side of this depot area. You might actually be able to ride the area between them, but I did not attempt to do so. When I left Cleveland to ride across Ohio, I knew that construction was going on that was going to connect the southwestern section of the Sandel Legacy Trail with the Galena Brick Trail. It was my hope that this construction would have been completed between the two trails before I reached Sunbury, but I had no such luck. I guess that extension of the Galena Brick Trail will have to wait until my next OTET trip.

As far as the Sandel Legacy Trail goes. the asphalt surface is in great shape because it is new, and probably because so few people presently ride this trail. Once the connection is made to the Galena Brick Trail that will change. First of all, there is quite a bit of home development going on along this trail extension. You can see connecting trails already going into these new home communities. Secondly, the combined trails will give local residents a longer trail to ride and a safer connection to the trails that lead into Columbus. I believe this will also create a greater demand for the Sandel Legacy trail to be extended northeast through Sunbury and then further north to the Meredith State Road Trail, thus closing the North Columbus Trail Gap entirely.

At present the highlights of the the Sandel Legacy trail are the rail bridge over South Columbus Street, the Sunbury Station/Depot building (home of the Delaware County Model Railroad Group), tree identification markers along the trail that point out various tree species that occur along the trail. When the trail gets extended to the north on the other side of the depot area, the trail will cross over the Big Walnut Creek on a fairly large rail bridge.

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