Thank you for requesting more information about the Ohio to Erie Trail by signing up for our newsletter. Our official newsletter goes out 2 times per year and will be sent as an electronic newsletter to your email address. Our most recent newsletter is our Spring/Summer 2022 version and it can be viewed online on our website along with 19 past newsletters.
This riding season there are several short and long term trail construction projects and our ALERTS page is the best resource to make your travel adjustments.
We are a non-profit organization and donations make it possible for progress on the trail to continue. We saw a record number of trail visitors last year and expect another record-breaking year in 2022. We’ve recently scheduled a series of webinars for visitors to learn about the trail and make plans for multi-day trips along it, sight-seeing and enjoying the amenities that our trail partners have created and maintain along the way. The webinars are posted to our YouTube channel for further sharing.
It is through the generosity of our donors that we have been able to support our trail partners and work to close the remaining gaps of 44 miles of the 326-mile route. Thank you for your interest in the Ohio to Erie Trail and we hope you will make a donation to help us in transforming the Ohio to Erie Trail for everyone’s enjoyment!
Ohio to Erie Trail Song
Ohio to Erie Trail Song
Ohio to Erie Trail Song by Eric Nassau and friends, 2005 Dedicated to Ed Honton
Ohio to Erie Trail Song by Eric Nassau and friends, 2005 Lyrics
There’s a trail that I know Weaving its way across this great state, Ohio Hearty and Hale
In my mind, I can see The way our forefathers imagined this country to be As they dug canals and laid down the rails
Welcome aboard the Ohio to Erie Trail
Take the ride of your life Bring the whole family along for a leisurely hike Go as slow as a snail
Take your time, look around Hear the sweet sound of birds in the air And the buzz on the ground in the wildflower veil
Find it all down at the Ohio to Erie Trail
So pump up your tires Lace up your shoes Strap on your skis and Discover your muse Our children will grow up And always have known, You can cross this whole state and hardly touch a main road
We’ll write a new story We’ll tell a new tale We’re bound for glory The Ohio to Erie Trail
Prairie path lined with trees Watching the corn and the soybeans sway in the breeze Family Farms, Golden Hay Bales Pass through towns you never knew Skyscrapers rising surprise you from out of the blue Where we will regale the joy in the journey The Ohio to Erie Trail
So pump up your tires Lace up your shoes Strap on your skis and Discover your muse Our children will grow up And always have known, You can cross this whole state, hardly touch a main road
We’ll write a new story We’ll tell a new tale… Ed Honton’s vision it will prevail Welcome aboard the Ohio to Erie Trail
Heart of Ohio Trail, newest
The newest segment linking Delaware, Licking and Knox Counties is NOW open! New Trail Guides will be printed this Fall and until then, an updated NC4 map panel is now available for download here.
Starting Monday May 9, 2022, and lasting approximately 8 months, the Little Miami Scenic Trail will be closed at Grandin Road for a project to replace the King Avenue bridge, add a roundabout, and realign the Trail itself. The Warren County Engineer’s office announced the specific date for this closure on April 28, 2022. There will be no detour for this closure. Visit MiamiValleyTrails.org for details. https://www.miamivalleytrails.org/little-miami-scenic-trail-closed-grandin-road If you want to talk with someone who has been through there recently, join the Facebook Enthusiast Group and post your question. There are over 10,000 members already, so you may get lots of advice!
5/16/22 – The Ohio to Erie Trail Interactive Map provides an option for going around the Little Miami Scenic Trail closure in Warren County.
For the Ride with GPS instructions for the Grandin Road Construction Optional Street Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39462376 Road route from Foster’s Park Trailhead to South Lebanon Trailhead
The closed portion of the Towpath just south of Ernie’s Bike Shop in Massillon has been extended. The trail is now closed from Lake Avenue to the Tremont bridge. Ernie’s Bike Shop has provided a bypass route suggestion. Go to: https://www.erniesbikeshop.com/towpath for route and map.
If you have questions about navigating this part of the trail, stop by the bike shop at 135 Lake Ave NW, Massillon, OH 44647 or call 330-832-5111. Read more at https://www.erniesbikeshop.com/towpath where you can Download Printable Directions.
To Learn about the next Moffitt Memorial Ride visit our Events Page.
Visit our Youtube Channel for more videos about the Ohio to Erie Trail at the LINK.
Pedalshift Podcast about the Ohio to Erie Trail
The Pedalshift Project 157: Bicycling the Ohio to Erie Trail
The Ohio to Erie Trail spans 326 miles diagonally across Ohio, linking up Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland and everything in between. On this episode, we chat about the trail and the experience biking across Ohio!
Host Tim Mooney interviews Lisa Daris and Jody Dzuranin on this virtual visit to the Ohio to Erie Trail at https://pedalshift.net/157
Give Two on Giving Tuesday
Give Two on Giving Tuesday!
November 27 is #GivingTuesday, when you make a gift to any two nonprofits in The Columbus Foundation’s Giving Store, you’ll receive a $20 Charitable Gift Card in return! It is redeemable at any of the 1,000+ nonprofits in The Giving Store, a Charitable Gift Card makes the perfect gift or stocking stuffer this holiday season.
The Ohio to Erie Trail Fund Board is please to introduce Lisa Daris of Columbus as the new part-time Executive Coordinator. Lisa will handle the day to day operations of the organization and report to President Moffitt and the officers.
She has extensive experience in the corporate world as well as with non-profit organizations. Her accomplishments include serving on the Community Advisory Committee for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s transportation department. She is also on the board of FLOW (Friends of the Lower Olentangy), chairs the Columbus Outdoor Pursuits Boating Program and is the founder of SLOW MONEY, a non-profit organization that focuses on peer-to-peer principle based lending. In addition she has her own seasonal kayaking company, Olentangy Paddle. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University.
Lisa brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and activism to the organization and the Board is pleased to welcome her to this new role.
Lisa Daris , Ohio to Erie Trail Fund Executive Coordinator
“It is the perfect end of summer bike tour! A ride fully supported with a great group of riders and with who has to be the best equipped mobile bike mechanic in Ohio. The 2015 tour was a fantastic experience!” says Terry Kassnel of Loveland after his ride with OTET this past September.
Upcoming events on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail:
Taste of Tusc: Friday, March 18 Healthy Steps: April 4-30 Canal Cleanup: Saturday, April 23 FirstMerit Towpath Century Ride: May 14-15 Canal Boat Captain’s Ball: Friday, June 10 Canoe Adventure: Saturday, July 16 Cargill Canal Cleanup: Friday, July 22 Knock Trash Out of the Canal!: July 23 Tour du Towpath: Saturday, August 13 Towpath Classic: Friday, August 19 Goodyear Towpath Trek: September 1 – October 31 Bike & Brew: Saturday, October 1 Fishing Derby: Wednesday, October 5 Dominion Canal Cleanup: Saturday, October 15 Trash ‘n’ Treat: Saturday, October 22 Lockheed Martin Towpath Freedom 5K: Saturday, November 5
Registration for the 7th annual FirstMerit Towpath Century Ride is now open to the public! This year’s ride will take place on May 14-15, 2016. Spots are limited this year to 125 bicycle riders and with more than 70 spots already reserved, sign up today! To learn how to register, volunteer, or pledge to a rider, visit the Towpath Century Ride website.
The Century Ride offers participants a unique experience to see the entire length of the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area, while raising money to benefit the continued development of the Towpath Trail. Bicyclists travel 101-miles in either one or two days in a fully supported ride. The first Towpath Century Ride, held in 2009, supported only 17 riders who raised $22,000 for the Towpath Trail. Growing quickly over the past seven years, 117 riders participated in 2015, raising more than $143,000 for the cause.
You say you’re a cyclist who prefers getting off the highway and into the peace and quiet of a tree-lined, riverside rail trail? Then this fully supported and catered weeklong tour may just be your ticket to ride.
First off, we’ll traverse the Little Miami Scenic Trail, considered the crown jewel of Buckeye State rail trails. The seventy-five mile paved path links the eastern edge of Cincinnati with Springfield, situated a dozen towns and four counties to the north. Stately communities, picturesque state parks, a variety of wildlife habitats, and bridges, both old and new, are ours to behold as we roll along the gentle trail.
Additionally, we’ll take on the Ohio to Erie Trail, which, when completed, will link the major cities of Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland. The route takes in portions of Adventure Cycling’s Underground Railroad Bicycle Route, where we’ll visit Wilberforce, home to the oldest private African-American college in the U.S.
Since 2001, thousands of trail lovers have participated in Rails to Trails Conservancy’s sojourns—and experienced firsthand the power of trails, from the incredible scenery and history to the powerful impact they have on surrounding communities.
This year, we’re excited to announce a major expansion of these incredible rides.
Join Rails to Trails on the 2016 Sojourn Series—four world-class biking events that highlight the best of rail-trails and greenways across the United States which includes Ohio:
September dates TBA 2016: Ohio Rail-Trail Sojourn—Cleveland to Columbus on the Ohio-to-Erie Trail (final dates to come; registration opens March 2016)