The Trail is OPEN. Most restrooms are open, but drinking fountains are still off. Ohio Playgrounds have reopened. Always follow healthy distancing and avoid congregating on the trail or in common areas.   Visit our Trail Partners for local details.

Sad News About Our OTET Board President, Dr. Thomas Moffitt III

Dr. Thomas Moffitt III, 1948-2017

It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart  we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of OTETF Board of Directors President Tom Moffitt.  Tom passionately served as Board President for over 16 years and worked tirelessly to fulfill Ed Honton’s vision of a multi-purpose cross state trail/greenway.   Tom’s leadership and enthusiasm in working with local agencies and trail organizations to complete the Ohio to Erie Trail will forever be appreciated by present and future generations of trail users.  Tom was a devoted educator in the greater Cincinnati area for over 45 years and as many of you may know an avid cyclist.  He completed several cross county rides and rode the entire length of the Ohio to Erie Trail a number of times including this past September.  Tom will be greatly missed by all who knew him.  Ride in Peace Tom.

To view obituary:

Ohio to Erie Trail Runs Through the Heart of Columbus! Check out Columbus: The Future of Connectivity

Columbus, Ohio, is setting itself up to be a model for connected, 21st-century cities with an eye on creating safe, equitable walking and biking routes across neighborhoods. Learn how its 180-mile developing trail system is opening up new avenues for health, transportation and exploration—and improving the quality of life for residents.

Produced by Rails to Trails magazine in partnership with DS Simon Media.

Apple Creek OTET Sign Installation Complete


On a hot and humid June 16 in Apple Creek, Ted Short, Norm Ream and Keith Workman posted the official
Ohio to Erie Trail signs.

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Delaware County Annual Community Ties Ride Registration is Open


The 2016 Community Ties Bike Ride was a huge success with a record 463 riders who road a combined 25,684 miles. Thank to you everyone who came out to support DCFT!

Mark your calendars for the 15th Annual Community Ties Bike Ride on July 22, 2017!

Register for the 2017 Ride here!

All proceeds from the ride support multi-purpose trail development in Delaware County connecting with the statewide Ohio to Erie Trail. The ride features options of 31, 62 and 100 miles as well as an 8-mile Family Ride, and includes scenic areas, rare bird habitats, parks, new sections of the Ohio to Erie Trail, well-marked route maps and SAG vehicle. Registration is from 6:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. for the 31, 62, and 100 mile riders and 10 a.m. for the Family Ride.

The ride will start/end at Northside Community Church, northeast corner of S.R. 3 and Freeman Road in Westerville, site of the homemade lunch. Pre-registration cost is $30 per rider, or $40 for day-of registration. Eight-mile Family Ride pre-registration is $35, or $45 for day-of registration.

Click on the following routes for the 2016 rides are posted below. 2017 routes will be posted closer to the date of the ride.
35 mile ride
63 mile ride
105 mile ride

Past participants share what they love about the Community Ties ride:

“I must compliment you on your tremendous bike tour. This spring, at age 57, I decided that cycling was going to be my new fitness endeavor. I have participated in 5-6 organized rides and I have to say that I enjoyed your ride the best. All of your volunteers were as welcoming, friendly and informative as could possibly be. The many water stops were much appreciated. The lunch back at Northside Fellowship Church was homemade and perfect and delicious and the women that served the meal were awesome and so much fun to talk to.”

“Thanks for a great ride! The food was fabulous! The best I’ve tasted in decades.”


Registration includes a one-year membership to the Delaware County Friends of the Trail, the ride, and a catered lunch at the end of the ride. Click on the green button below for online registration or print the mail-in brochure found at the bottom of the page (brochure will not appear on mobile view of this website).

Register Here

Galena Holds Grand Re-Opening of Trail October 26 at noon

galena-brick-trail-bridge-2016The Village of Galena invites you to the grand re-opening of the Galena Brick Trail, improved with a $286,592 Clean Ohio Trail Fund grant and many local contributions, at noon October 26 at the Depot Lot, 268 N. Walnut St.
The Galena Brick Trail, starting at Dustin Rd. and ending at Holmes St., is a 1/2 mile trail on the old Penn Central Railroad bed. This section of the Ohio to Erie Trail traverses a historic 145’ long railroad bridge high over Little Walnut Creek featuring scenic views. A deck, built on the old railroad water tower base, offers a peaceful, wooded picnic location overlooking the Hoover Nature Preserve.
The paved trail continues through Miller Park which features a train themed playground, a gazebo, basketball and volleyball courts, a .4 mile paved walking path, picnic facilities, a port-a potty, and parking. Galena Brick Trail and Miller Park facilities are available free on a first come, first served basis. Visitors may also enjoy Galena’s downtown restaurants and retail as well as the scenic Hoover Boardwalk.
North of Holmes St., the trail, which runs past the historic site of the Galena Shale Tile and Brick factory, becomes a .3 mile grass walking path with future plans to pave the trail and eventually connect it to the Sandel Legacy Trail in Sunbury.
Those helping to make the trail possible include the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Delaware County Commissioners, the Delaware County Economic Development Department, Delaware County Friends of the Trail, the Village of Galena, Preservation Parks of Delaware County, the Ohio to Erie Trail Fund, the Delaware County Foundation, the City of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, the Sunbury Galena Rotary Club, CT Consulting, the Righter Company, Law Excavating, and all the people who donated to a Go Fund Me campaign.

Family Bike Ride planned for Saturday, August 13 on Camp Chase

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther invites you to his Family Bike Ride on the new Camp Chase Trail.

Saturday, August 13 at 11 am

Hilltop YMCA, 2879 Valleyview Drive, 43204

Bring your bike and helmet and be among the first people to ride the new trail with Mayor Ginther. Also get the chance to enjoy outdoor activities, food and prizes.

The City of Columbus is proud to celebrate the nearly complete Camp Chase Trail, which runs through the Hilltop and stretches over 12 miles, from Big Darby Creek to the west side of the city. The trail will also be a key link of the Ohio to Erie Trail, spanning over 325 miles from the Ohio River to Lake Erie.

Holmes County Rails-to-Trails Coalition Benefit Auction Set for June 11

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The 12th annual Benefit Auction for the Holmes County Rails-to-Trail Coalition is set for Saturday, June 11, starting at 9:30. Bring your friends and family and join us for a Saturday of enjoyment and make an investment in Holmes County’s unique non-motorized transportation and recreation corridor.

Other activities include breakfast and 5K.

Auction items include Play Mor Swing Set, Buggy, Hustler Walk Behind Mower with 48″ deck, BCS 718 16HP Honda 18″ with Tiller , Open Surrey, Lawn Furniture, Grandfather Clock, and a log cabin.

Auction Brochure:

For more info:

Heart of Ohio Trail Maintenance Volunteers Needed

The trail is always in need of help to maintain it for all to use. We are looking for volunteers who would take on one of the following for the summer. Some of these are needed weekly. If you don’t have that much time maybe you could partner with someone else to alternate. If you can help let us know here and we can make arrangements, in some cases we have equipment or help with gas money. Thanks for your consideration for helping out HOOT.

Heart of Ohio Trail Maintenance
Mow berms and road approaches from Mt. Liberty to Clayton Street in Centerburg, and around brick storage building at Memorial Park.

Mow berms and road approaches from Mt. Liberty to Columbus Road in Mt. Vernon, and the parking and playground areas at Simmons’s Church and Thayer roads.

Mow berms , road approaches, and trail end parking lot on the trail from Clayton St in Centerburg to Huffman road.

Trim fence lines on both sides of Clayton St in Centerburg.

Trim fence lines on both sides of SR 314 in Centerburg.

Trim fence line, bike rack, parking blocks, and playground area at Simmons Church road access area in Mt Liberty.

Trim parking blocks, bike rack, and sign area at Thayer road access area.

Empty trash containers at Clayton St and SR 314 in Centerburg.

Trim vegetation back and/or spray all bridges with herbicide.

Remove trees along trail to at least 10 feet from the edge of the blacktop. (Those marked with orange X or banded.)

Trim vegetation back in late summer with bar chain.

Centerburg Stop on OTET Ride

Centerburg Stop on OTET Ride

Little Miami Newtown Trail Grand Opening

On Saturday May 21st in Newtown, just a few miles outside of Cincinnati, Great Parks of Hamilton County celebrated the opening of the 3.3 mile extension of the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail that in the near future will be part of the OTET route. A future bridge across the Little Miami River will then take the OTET to Lunken Airport Trail and replace 6 miles of current street route. The OTET Fund was well represented with Board Members Taft, Moffitt and Mills who took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Jack Sutton, Executive Director of Greater Parks of Hamilton County, led the ceremonies.

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Bob Taft and Tom Moffitt of OTETF

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Jack Sutton of Great Parks of Hamilton County, Don Mills and Tom Moffitt of OTETF, and Frank Henson of Queen City Bike.

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JoDee Hub with new distance sign

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Jack Sutton of GPHC Speaking

Ride bikes, study geology – Retired geology professor to conduct informative ride


Retired geologist Scott Brockman, left, points out to fellow rider, Gene Pass, what riders should look for on the south side of the Prairie Grass trail as they proceed toward South Charleston. Brockman will lead a geology study ride at 10 a.m. on Saturday from the shelter house behind the senior citizen center, 280 W. High St., London.

By Dean Shipley

Even though he’s retired from teaching geology, Scott Brockman now combines his lifelong study of the earth’s layers with bicycling. A recumbent bike fan, Brockman will conduct a geologic exploration ride at 10 a.m., which will depart from the Prairie Grass trail head and move southwest toward South Charleston. All are welcome and the ride is free.

Brockman taught geology for 10 years at the Marion campus of The Ohio State University. Prior to that, he worked as a geologist for the Ohio Geological Survey for 25 years.

Even as a child he and his brother were interested in rocks. “Where I lived (Cincinnati), there were fossils everywhere,” Brockman said standing trailside on Monday, where he was doing some preliminary exploring to be ready for Saturday’s ride. “I set up a museum (of rocks) in second grade.”

While he went on to pursue professionally the study of the earth and its layers igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, “everyone has had some experience with rocks,” he said.

Brockman’s branch of geology was the study of glacial deposits and glaciers existed in this area in the relatively short time ago, 15,000 to 20,000 years.

“London was once covered with ice,” Brockman said. He described a glacier as a “conveyor belt of stuff scraped up from the bottom.”

When climate change came — it existed b ack then — the glacier “stopped for a while.”

With the help of geologic and topographic maps, Brockman will show the glacier’s progress and at what points climate change caused the melting of the front of it.

He will mix in some more recent history, a mere 150 years ago, when London gained a reputation for livestock trade and why it was well suited to do it and South Charleston was not.

To learn more, come out Saturday morning at 10 a.m. to the shelter behind the senior citizens center at 280 W. High St.

Dean Shipley can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617, on Facebook at Dean Shipley or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.

Dean Shipley | The Madison Press


Buckeye Country Roads is introducing it’s latest tour this coming August. Join us for

our first ‘Trails Across Ohio Tour (South)’, and ride the Ohio to Erie Trail spanning the state from Cleveland

to the Ohio River. This first installment will explore the trail from downtown Columbus all

the way to Cincinnati, with a wonderful side tour to Dayton and all the exciting things to

see and do there as well.

Visit our website at for more information and the

registration materials. We look forward to introducing you to the gem of Ohio cycling, the

Ohio to Erie Trail. And stay tuned as next year we introduce the northern segment of the

trail, adding a tour from Cleveland to Columbus.