Wellston Bike Path

Ohio

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Wellston Bike Path Facts

States: Ohio
Counties: Jackson
Length: 1.78 miles
Trail end points: Wellston and SR 349 at Lake Alma
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6121497

Wellston Bike Path Description

The Wellston Bike Path is just under 2 miles, but when combined with the path around Lake Alma, you can make it a 5-mile round-trip. North of town, the path parallels State Route 349, making for a pleasant journey to and from the lake along a non-motorized route. At grade crossings include State Routes 93 and 349. The path occupies part of an old railroad corridor.

Parking and Trail Access

At the north end, park at Lake Alma State Park (422 Lake Alma Rd.). In Wellston, on-street parking is available.

Wellston Bike Path Reviews

Trail Links Wellston, Ohio to the Nearby State Park

I rode 5.66 miles on an out-and-back ride on the 1.78 mile long Wellston Bike Path in Wellston, Ohio. The additional milage came from riding the all-purpose trail in Lake Alma State Park just outside of town. This paved rail trail runs from Wellston Depot (train station) up to the state park. That seems to be the trail's only purpose. It's definitely useful to the local citizenry and keeps cyclists and pedestrians off of OH-349. The trail surface is in good shape except for a small section between the rail bridge over Raccoon Creek and the entrance to Lake Alma State Park where some erosional slippage has occurred. The state park's all purpose trail expands the bike path's reach and utility by giving access to the Lake Alma's campground, beach, hiking trails and picnic facilities. It is a pretty little trail but I’m not sure that you can expect any expansion of the trail anytime in the foreseeable future as it appears that other abandoned rail lines around the town have been converted into local roadways. If you are in the Wellston area it is trail well worth checking out. However, due to its short length I don’t think that there is enough reward to take an extended drive just to check this trail off of your list.

Pretty area

The trail is in good shape, but even combined with the Lake Alma portion it is very short. That's why I can only give the trail itself 3 stars. But Lake Alma State Park is so pretty if you combine the bike trail with some walking and picnicking there, which is what I did on 10/17/14, it can add up to a very enjoyable 5 star trip.

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