Campsite in Works for Prairie Grass Trail
A small primitive trail-side camping area is being prepared at the Prairie Grass Trailhead in London. There is a restroom, water, electricity, shelter-house, and picnic tables available at the trailhead (no shower). Plans are to have two wooden tent decks and on-grounds tents sites available. This limited facility is not intended to fund-raise, but as a service for long-distance trail users. Camping will be on a first come first service bases with donations accepted, but not required. We encourage campers to take advantage of the large map and London Cyclist Guide in the shelter-house for the location of local restaurants and amenities. The facility is expected to be opened on April 16th in celebration of the RTC Opening Day For Trails.
Welcome Long-Distance Runner Passing through Madison County
Come help us cheer on a very special person on Saturday April 2nd. A long-distance runner will be running non-stop from Columbus to Xenia on the Ohio to Erie Trail! This is a training exercise for Sunshine’s goal to run the 153-mile Spartathlon from Athens to Sparta in Greece. Her only request is that you come out and help cheer her on to encourage her to press on. She plans to start at the beginning of the paved section of the trail on West Sullivant Avenue at 7 a.m.. Then arrive at the Battelle Darby Creek Parking Lot at 8:17 a.m., and London around 10:30 a.m. She will follow the signed business street route across London. Shops plan to be open and ready to welcome folks coming in to cheer. Please consider getting a bite to eat and check out the stores while you’re here. Since Sunshine is planning to run non-stop, she will have a police escort across London so it will be easy to see where she is at. She plans to reach South Charleston around 12:27 p.m., Cedarville approximately at 2:13 p.m., and Xenia about 3:55 p.m. This is rare to find long-distance runners on this section of the trail so we are delighted to have Sunshine pass through and wish her the best of luck! Please come join us and bring your family and friends.
RTC Opening Day Activities
As we noted above, Saturday April 16th is the National RTC Opening Day For Trails. Celebrations are located all over the United States. A few groups will be celebrating along the Ohio to Erie Trail on the 50-mile sections from Columbus (Haydocy Airstream and RV) to Xenia Station from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. The London Coffee Peddler will be the sponsor location in Madison County. Trail Sentinels will be stationed on the East and West sides of London to help riders across town and to the coffee shop on South Main Street. Watch for the Welcome cyclist signs in business windows and stop in for cyclist’s discounts that day.
April 22 is the next Full Moon Ride. Join us at the Prairie Grass Trail in London at 7:30 p.m. for a fun go-at-your-own-pace ride!
Registration for the 7th annual FirstMerit Towpath Century Ride is open! This year’s ride will take place on May 14-15, 2016. Spots are limited to 125 bicycle riders, so sign up today! To learn how to register, volunteer, or pledge to a rider, visit the Towpath Century Ride website.
The FirstMerit Towpath 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.
Senior Cycling Offers a Tour on the Ohio to Erie Trail, Sept 30 – Oct 8, 2016
Bicycle Rental Available.
Learn more at the Senior Cycling Website.
Ohio Bike Trails
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
Reservations Being Accepted Now for 3rd Annual OTET Ride Cincinnati to Cleveland – September 10-15, 2016
“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.
Continue reading OTET Ride Cincinnati to Cleveland 2016
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
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail Events
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.
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.
Jul 09, 2016 — Jul 15, 2016
More at Adventure Cycling’s Website
Photo by Dennis Coello
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
Here are Trail Resources in order from Ohio to Erie (SW to NE) (last updated 2-18-2019)
[camping areas listed at the end]
Cincinnati, Loveland, Xenia
The Ohio River Trail
Friends of the Little Miami State Park (FLMSP)
FLMSP on Facebook
South Charleston, London, Lilly Chapel
Clark County Park District
Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails (FMCPT)
Trailside Camping in London
FMCPT on Facebook
Georgesville to Greater Hilltop, Southwest Metro Columbus
Friends of Camp Chase Trail
Camp Chase Trail Map on Central Ohio Greenways
Friends of Camp Chase Trail on Facebook
Grandview Heights, Downtown Columbus, Northeast Metro Columbus (links updated 2-18-19)
Central Ohio Greenways (Maps for all COG network trails)
Scioto Greenway Trail
Downtown Connector Trail
Alum Creek Greenway Trail
Westerville, Sunbury, Centerburg, Mt. Vernon
Westerville Parks B&W
Preservation Parks, Delaware County
Heart of Ohio Trail
Visit Knox County
Gambier, Danville, Killbuck, Fredericksburg
Kokosing Gap Trail
Mohican Valley Trail
Holmes County Trail
Massillion, Akron, Cleveland
Sippo Valley Trail
Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail
Subscribe Towpath Times
Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail on Facebook
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cleveland Metro Parks
Trailside Primitive Camping Options* [Listed South to North]
Morrow: Little Miami Canoe Rental Camping, South
Ft. Ancient: Morgan’s Riverside Campground and Cabins
Oregonia: Little Miami Canoe Rental Camping, North
London: Prairie Grass Trailhead
Central Ohio/Columbus: Find accommodations options at warmshowers.org and airbnb.com
(Areas near the trail: Westland, Hilltop/Westgate, Grandview Heights, Short North, German Village, Northeast/Easton, Westerville, Galena)
Master List of Towpath Camping [Northeast Ohio]: www.centurycycles.com/to/camp
Massillon/Stark County: Bridgeport Quarry Trailhead Rivers Edge
Clinton/New Franklin Twp: Summit Metro Parks Franklin Trailhead
North Akron: Summit Metro Parks Big Bend Trailhead
Peninsula: Stanford House Backcountry Campsites
Peninsula: Heritage Farms and on facebook
Trail Friend Journeyonabike posted this google map link of the Campsites from the Cleveland Amtrak station to Cincinnati Riverside Park. Read more visitor journals on our facebook page.
*For more accommodations options visit warmshowers.org and airbnb.com Distance grids and other helpful resources are available on our Destinations Page page.