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This is the time of year to get outside and check out Ohio’s long distance trails

by Ruth Kaser for Cycling Articles

June has the longest day light hours of the year. It is during this time the shop seems to provide the most service to a variety of cyclists traveling across, diagonally, north or south Ohio as well as the nation. Ohio is home to several long distance trails that are worth exploring.

O to E Trail = the Ohio to Erie Trail. ” The Ohio to Erie Trail is a collection of multi-use trails that provide exercise and adventure to anyone who’s willing to leave the automobile behind. Bicyclists, equestrians, skaters, hikers, wheelchairers, families with strollers, bird watchers, walkers and nature lovers are a common sight. In the winter, the trail becomes a snowshoe and cross-country ski path. And, for those with mobility impairments, construction designs have made sure we are in full compliance with ADA guidelines so that everyone has the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of Ohio as the trail weaves its way across the state.”When completed this will be a cross state bike way of 325 miles. This trail runs diagonally from Cincinnati to Columbus, then it travels in a north east direction to Massillon where it does a 90 degree turn and heads north up to Cleveland, in some places following the Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail. You can find more information, an interactive map and trail details at the Ohio & Erie Trail website

NCIT= the North Coast Inland Trail. Approximately 67.5 miles completed to date, when completed will cover 270 miles. Best described as a work in progress, The North Coast Inland Trail is a multipurpose trail project that currently consists of several separate portions, defined by their counties, in northern Ohio. There are completed sections in Huron County (22.2 miles), Lorain County (13.7 miles) and Sandusky & Ottawa Counties (26 miles)

O & E Towpath= The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Approximately 88 miles are completed of its 100 mile length. The north/south trail begins in Cleveland and heads south through Akron, Barberton to about New Philadelphia. This trail was voted the Best of Ohio Bike Trail by the readers of Ohio Magazine 

GOLTRG=Great Ohio Lake-To-River Greenway is 62 miles of asphalt trail that will be approximately 100 miles in length when completed. This is also a north/south running trail. Described as “One of the most noted bikeways in the area is the Great Ohio Lake-to-River Greenway (GOLTRG). The GOLTRG is a 10-foot wide asphalt shared-use path being built on former railroad lines and adjacent corridors. The trail starts in Ashtabula and heads almost to Champion Heights. When completed, it will be a 110 mile multi-modal transportation corridor which will connect Lake Erie to the Ohio River.

Turtles enjoying the day

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