The Ohio to Erie Trail is a rail trail in the state of Ohio, spanning from the Ohio River in Cincinnati in the southwestern corner of the state to Cleveland in the northeast. The trail is 85% completed as of December 2014. You can follow the progress of construction and view a map of the trail on its website.
The trail is sometimes called State Bike Route 1.
What you should prepare for depends on what part of the trail you intend to use.
Single Metro Only
- Any bike, ideally road or electric.
- A bike helmet, reflectors, and lights.
- A water bottle
Full Length List
- A road bike that you're comfortable riding on mostly flat roads. Electric bikes may have difficulty making some stretches.
- A Bicycle Helmet, reflectors, lights, and spare batteries if not using a dynamo.
- Water Bottle and a snack (Refill when possible)
- Co2 cartridges or a portable pump, a patch kit, and spare innertube.
- A cell phone and charger to call for help if needed.
Depending on how much of the path you want to travel, it's wise to budget some money to pick up spares along the way. Major cities have dedicated bike stores, small cities may only have big box stores for bike parts, and villages may only have food and water, with smaller hamlets often having no shops at all.
The trail is ideal for foot and cyclist traffic. Some sections permit horse and buggy traffic as well.
- 1 Cincinnati
- 2 Milford From here to Xenia the trail merges with the Little Miami Bike Trail
- 3 Loveland
- 4 South Lebanon
- 5 Xenia End of the Little Miami Bike Trail and a major area bike hub.
- 6 Cedarville Small college town.
- 7 South Charleston
- 8 London
- 1 Camp Chase Trail (Ohio to Erie Trail), 275 S. Wilson Road, Columbus, OH 43204 (West Broad St to 275 South Wilson Road), ☏ , toll-free: . Daylight hours. 16 mile paved trail between Columbus and London; 2 locations for public parking and trail access
- 9 Columbus Passes through the southern end of the city, the downtown core, The Ohio State University, and the Northeastern end of the city.
- 10 Worthington
- 11 Westerville A northern suburb of Columbus.
- 12 Sunbury
- 13 Centerburg a small village and the geographic center of Ohio.
- 14 Mount Vernon The county seat of Knox County.
- 15 Gambier a small college town.
- 16 Danville a small village with a branch library you could rest at.
- 17 Gann a small village that is also known as Brinkhaven.
- 18 Killbuck a small village.
- 19 Millersburg the county seat of Holmes County.
- 20 Holmesville a small village.
- 21 Fredericksburg a small village. 16 km (9.9 mi) north to Wooster, a nearby city.
- 22 Dalton a small village. 11 km (6.8 mi) northwest to Orrville, a small city.
Some sections of the trail share a road with motorists. Area motorists don't always share the road, so it's important to maintain awareness during these sections.
While Ohio itself does not have a bicycle helmet law, local cities along and nearby the trail might. Night riders are required to use front and rear lights and reflectors. Using this equipment will keep you out of trouble with local police, in addition to improving your visibility.