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Ohio to Erie Trail History

2018 Marks the 27th year of a Vision taken to Action

Ed Honton was the founder of the Ohio to Erie Trail and the non-profit organization’s first president. It was his vision in 1991 to have a recreational path from Cincinnati to Cleveland mostly using former railroad and canal corridors. Through Ed’s dedication and hard work, the Ohio to Erie Trail became a reality. It was a tremendous loss in 2005 when Ed died, but his legacy will be enjoyed for centuries. Along a new section of the OTET on the Alum Creek Trail, please take a few minutes, pause and read about Ed’s story on a large bronze plaque on a huge stone next to one of the Alum Creek bridges dedicated to this visionary in Ohio.


William Daehler, current President, served as VP since 20101. Prior to William, Dr. Tom Moffitt led the organization as President of the Board  from 2004-2017. Dr. Moffitt joined the Board in 2001.

Chris Haydocy, current Vice President, has served the board since 2017. Don Noble (Treasurer) has served the board in their position for over five years. Mary Plumley (Secretary) has served three years and replaced long time Secretary Wayne Roberts.

The Board has 19 elected, volunteer directors from across the state, many of whom have been active with the OTETF for over a decade.  Jerry Rampelt was the Board’s long time executive director and he joined the Board as a member following his retirement as the director in 2014. It is this volunteer Board that is responsible for keeping Ed Honton’s vision alive.