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Ohio to Erie Trail

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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.

Understand[edit]

Map of Ohio to Erie Trail

The trail is sometimes called State Bike Route 1.

Prepare[edit]

What you should prepare for depends on what part of the trail you intend to use.

Single Metro Only[edit]

  • Any bike, ideally road or electric.
  • A bike helmet, reflectors, and lights.
  • A water bottle

Full Length List[edit]

  • 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.

Get in[edit]

The trail is ideal for foot and cyclist traffic. Some sections permit horse and buggy traffic as well.

Go/Walk/Ride[edit]

Greater Cincinnati[edit]

Greater Dayton[edit]

  • 4 South Lebanon
  • 5 Xenia End of the Little Miami Bike Trail and a major area bike hub.
    • 1 Xenia Station, 150 Miami Avenue. 1998 replica of Xenia's 1880s brick railroad station. Has restrooms and drinking water. Now the hub for a number of rail trails. Has connecting bike paths to Dayton and the college town of Yellow Springs. Xenia Station (Q8043486) on Wikidata Xenia Station on Wikipedia
  • 6 Cedarville Small college town.

Greater Columbus[edit]

  • 7 South Charleston South Charleston, Ohio on Wikipedia
  • 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), +1 614 645 3111, toll-free: +1-800-BUCKEYE (2825393). Daylight hours. 16 mile paved trail between Columbus and London; 2 locations for public parking and trail access Camp Chase Trail (Q16974218) on Wikidata Camp Chase Trail on Wikipedia
    • 2 Columbus Wilson Road Park - Drinking Fountain, Portable Restroom, Lighted Picnic Area, Bike Repair Station and tire pump, Parking Lot - 275 S. Wilson Road, Columbus
    • 3 Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park - Restrooms, Picnic Area, Canoe Access, Overnight Car Parking - 8465 Alkire Rd, Galloway
  • 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 Westerville, Ohio on Wikipedia A northern suburb of Columbus.
  • 12 Sunbury
  • 13 Centerburg Centerburg, Ohio on Wikipedia a small village and the geographic center of Ohio.

Amish Country[edit]

  • 14 Mount Vernon The county seat of Knox County.
  • 15 Gambier a small college town.
  • 16 Danville Danville, Ohio on Wikipedia a small village with a branch library you could rest at.
  • 17 Gann Gann, Ohio on Wikipedia a small village that is also known as Brinkhaven.
  • 18 Killbuck Killbuck, Ohio on Wikipedia a small village.
  • 19 Millersburg the county seat of Holmes County.
  • 20 Holmesville Holmesville, Ohio on Wikipedia a small village.
  • 21 Fredericksburg a small village. 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) north to Wooster, a nearby city.
  • 22 Dalton a small village. 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) northwest to Orrville, a small city.

Greater Akron[edit]

Greater Cleveland[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

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.

See also[edit]

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