Ohio to Erie Trail
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|Ohio to Erie Trail|
Ohio and Erie Canal Tow-Path Trail, located in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park
|Length||78 mi (126 km)|
|Location||Ohio, United States|
|Designation|| State Bike Route 1
USBR 50 (Xenia–Columbus)
|Trailheads||Cincinnati to Cleveland (various)|
The Ohio to Erie Trail is a planned and in-use bike trail system in the U.S. state of Ohio, spanning from Cincinnati in the southwestern corner of the state to Cleveland in the northeast. The trail was founded in 1991 when Ed Honton came up with the idea of converting unused canal and railroad land to hiking and biking paths (see Rail trail). Tom Moffitt is the current president of the Ohio to Erie Trail.
The Ohio to Erie Trail began in 1991 as an outgrowth of the Ohio Bicycle Advisory Council. Representatives of government agencies and private groups established a private, nonprofit group to raise money to set up a statewide trail. Their purpose was to make things better for bicyclists by creating a path across the state by linking existing trails with new ones to connect Cincinnati to Cleveland. Originally, the group proposed a 325-mile trail, then expanded the vision to 462 miles.
First Unsupported Tour
In October 2007, John and Nancy Eilerman, a mother and son team from Marion, Ohio were the first to ride the entire trail unsupported. They rode EZ-Sport CX recumbent bicycles from Sun Bicycles and finished the south to north trek in five days. They stayed in Xenia, Worthington, Mt. Vernon, and Massillon.
The trail includes surfaces such as dirt paths, road paths, and paved trail (asphalt or crushed limestone). It is open to bikers, hikers, horseback riders (in some sections), and, in the wintertime, cross country skiers.
The trail is divided into three separate sections:
- Northern Leg: Cleveland to Clinton
- Heart of Ohio: Clinton to Mount Vernon
- Southern leg: Mount Vernon to Cincinnati
The trail passes through regional parks, nature preserves, and farmlands, as well as other rural woodland. The trail is planned to be 453 miles (729 km) in length. Of that amount, 262 miles (422 km) are complete and in daily use, 54 miles (87 km) are under construction or in engineering design, and the final 137 miles (220 km) are awaiting final planning, acquisition of land, or funding to do so.
The names of the trail segments followed by the Ohio to Erie Trail include: Ohio River Trail, Little Miami Scenic Trail, Prairie Grass Trail, Roberts Pass, Camp Chase Trail, Scioto Trail, Olentangy Trail, Westerville Bike and Walk Route, Genoa Trail, Hoover Scenic Trail, Heart of Ohio Trail, Kokosing Gap Trail, Mohican Valley Trail, Holmes County Trail, Sippo Valley Trail and the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail. citation
- Ohio River Trail
- Little Miami Scenic Trail
- Xenia Station
- Prairie Grass Trail
- Roberts Pass
- Camp Chase Trail
- Scioto Greenway Trail
- Olentangy Trail
- Westerville Bike and Walk Route
- Genoa Trail
- Hoover Scenic Trail
- Heart of Ohio Trail
- Kokosing Gap Trail
- Mohican Valley Trail
- Holmes County Trail
- Sippo Valley Trail
- Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail
- Recktenwalt, Thomas J. (2008-11-16). "Little Miami Scenic Trail". Miami Valley RailTrails. Retrieved 2008-11-17.
- McNutt, Randy (14 March 2001). "Bike path to link Ohio's north, south Planners envision 462-mile trail". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 3 September 2014.