New trail guides now available for purchase and visit "plan your trip" for info on shuttle, lodging, maps and route ALERTS.   Trail Guide '22-'24

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Welcome to the Newsletter List

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 would like to invite you to explore our OTET ClubExpress Communications Website.  This is where you will find our Trail Business Directory, especially our Trail Maps & Merchandise locations.  Visit our website for our Interactive Map, “Plan Your Trip” and brochure pages which are popular places for people to begin a trail adventure.  

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

Founder of the Ohio to Erie Trail, Edward Franklin Honton,
June 5, 1930 – October 12, 2005
Eric Nassau, Alum Creek State Park Event, June 10, 2022
Photo Credit: Lisa Daris

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.

Northbound NC4 Map

Southbound NC4 Map

June 4, 2022

5/9/22 – Little Miami Scenic Trail, Grandin Road

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

Visit the Interactive Map at https://ohiotoerietrail.org/interactive-map/#interactivemap

Grandin Road Ride Around (northbound)

LegDirTypeNotesTotal
LeftTurn left onto Old 3C Highway, C-100.0
0.2LeftTurn left0.2
0.2StraightContinue onto Stillwater Drive0.4
0.1RightTurn right onto Harkers Run0.6
0.1LeftTurn left onto Scioto Court0.6
0.0LeftTurn left onto Harkers Run0.6
0.1LeftTurn left onto Marsh Creek Lane0.7
0.1RightTurn right onto Autumn Run Drive0.8
0.3LeftTurn left onto Striker Road, T-1511.2
0.3StraightContinue onto Striker Road, T-1511.5
0.7Slight RightTurn slight right onto Striker Road, T-1512.2
0.1RightTurn right onto Grandin Road, C-1502.3
0.1LeftTurn left onto Grandin Ridge Drive2.4
0.5LeftTurn left onto Ridgeview Lane2.9
0.7LeftTurn left onto SR 483.6
0.6LeftTurn left onto Lebanon Road4.2

Ride With GPS · https://ridewithgps.com

8/10/22 – Update to Massillon Detour

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.

Trail Videos

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.
Please choose the Ohio to Erie Trail Fund in the Giving Store #5387 or

Announcing our new Executive Coordinator

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

Lisa Daris , Ohio to Erie Trail Fund Executive Coordinator

Towpath Trail 2016 Calendar

Upcoming events on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail:

2016 Events

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

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail Events

FirstMerit Towpath Century Ride 2016

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.

visit the Towpath Century Ride website.

Adventure Cycling Southern Ohio Relaxed

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.

Trip Dates:
Jul 09, 2016 — Jul 15, 2016
Milford, OH

More at Adventure Cycling’s Website

Itinerary

Photo by Dennis Coello

Rails to Trails Sojourn Series coming to Ohio!

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)

Read all about the 2016 Sojourn Series