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Western Reserve Greenway

43 mi
State: OH
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The Western Reserve Greenway travels 43 miles through a scenic, mostly rural area, cutting a north–south course from Ashtabula to Warren in northeastern Ohio. The route follows much of the...
OH 43 mi Asphalt

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Lowe's Drive Trail

Why is this Trail Listed in TrailLink?

January, 2018 by orangedoug

I rode this trail in May of 2017 along with the other 2 trails in Wilmington, Ohio that are listed in TrailLink. The Lowe's Drive Trail is what I would catagorize as a retail/commercial trail. It is approximately 3/4 of a mile long. It connects to the 4-C Bicentennial Trail via a multi-use trail in Williams Memorial Park. This trail simply parallels the road that the Lowe's Home Improvement Store is on and passes by a factory (Timbertech), a grain elevator, and the Wilmington Water Treatment Facility.

My issue with this particular trail has to do with it's purpose. Was it constructed for bicycle commuting to commercial and retail areas of Wilmington? Is it ultimately a link of a much bigger future citywide trail network? I don't really know. I recently learned that the rail line that this trail crosses over is being converted into the Clinton-Fayette Friendship Trail in nearby Sabina, Ohio so i guess there is the possibility that sometime in the future these trails could be linked.

4-C Bicentennial Trail

A Short Metropark Greenway

January, 2018 by orangedoug

The 4-C Bicentennial Trail is what I would categorize as a MetroPark trail. It is approximately 1.8 miles long and has a few short climbs that are steeper than what you would find on a rail trail. This trail is connected to Wilmington, Ohio's Luther Warren Peace Path rail trail by way of an on-street/sidewalk connector trail called the Q-Path Urban Trail. The 4-C Bicentennial Trail actually starts at a small playground just off of Wall Street, runs through Lytle Creek Nature Preserve, and ends up running to and through Williams Memorial Park and ends at Rombach Avenue. If you would cross Rombach Avenue you would then connect with the Lowe's Drive Trail. By combining all these small trails, the city of Wilmington has the start of a nice trail network. Perhaps, plans are to encircle the city in the future and then connect to other trails in Clinton County.

Luther Warren Peace Path

Part of a Larger City of Wilmington Trail Network

January, 2018 by orangedoug

The Luther Warren Peace Path is an actual rail trail. It is approximately 1.3 miles long. It appears that it may be able to be extended beyond it's present end point to the West at South Nelson Avenue. However, it would probably take some creativity as across this street is the driveway to the Wilmington Landfill. Extending this trail to the east does not seem possible as it appears that the Luther Warren was just a spur to an existing rail line that crosses Grant Street.

The Luther Warren is one of three trails in Wilmington that are listed here in TrailLink. The other two trails are the 4-C Bicentennial Trail and the Lowe's Drive Trail. The Luther Warren and the 4-C Bicentennial are connected by a marked on-road/sidewalk route designated as the Q-Path Urban Trail by the city of Wilmington. The Q-Path apparently also connects the campus of Wilmington College to these other bike trails. Combining all these trails in an out and back ride I rode a little over 9 miles in May of 2017.

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Lake to Lake Trail

A Unique Ecosystem

January, 2018 by orangedoug

I rode this trail in May of 2017. This trail connects the last two remaining Kettle Lakes or "glacial potholes" that were formed from the melting of large chunks of glacial ice as the glaciers retreated at the end of the last ice age found in northeast Ohio. These lakes and the surrounding marshes provide habitat for a wide variety of animals, birds, plants and trees. They are thriving ecosystems that thankfully the Cleveland Metroparks have chosen to preserve. This is an interesting little trail as the wetlands are quite wild, yet you pass right by a large hospital and commercial area as well end up near Cleveland Hopkins International Airport when you reach Lake Abram. There are several observation posts along the trail where high-powered telescopes or binoculars are available to search for wildlife. I bet this is an interesting area at dawn and dusk each day.

Big Creek Reservation All Purpose Trail

A Connecting Trail to Cleveland's Emerald Necklace

January, 2018 by orangedoug

Big Creek Reservation All Purpose Trail is one of the standard multi-use trails you will find in the Cleveland area MetroParks. The Cleveland MetroParks form what is known as the Emerald Necklace around Cleveland.

This particular trail goes from Parma, OH to just North of Strongsville, OH. This is mostly a connector route that leads from a small park in Parma to larger MetroParks to the southwest that make up the Emerald Necklace. Many of the area's MetroParks are connected by thin slivers of park roads that give one the impression that you have really never left a Metropark.

This particular path traveled down the center of a boulevard called the Big Creek Parkway. While you bike down this sliver of green, the road is on either side of you with homes facing the green space while not having to view the homes on the other side. This trail was fairly flat unlike many of the MetroParks on Cleveland's Eastside that seem to be centered around rivers and creeks at the bottom of ravines or valleys. This path crosses six very busy streets but crosswalk signals stop traffic for riders and walkers to cross safely. If you're looking to race down this path, look for another trail.

This trail is 8 miles long and ends when it connects to Valley Parkway All Purpose Trail in Mill Stream Run Reservation MetroPark. At Milepost 6.5 you arrive at Lake Isaac and can connect to the start of the Lake to Lake Trail.

Steel Mill Trail

An Extention of the Bridgeway Trail

January, 2018 by orangedoug

Back in May 2017 I rode the Bridgeway and Steel Mill Trails in Elyria, Ohio. While TrailLink lists these as separate trails, I view them as one continuous trail. On this out and back ride I traveled a little over 12.5 miles. If you started at the Day's Dam Picnic area and rode just the Steel Mill Trail you'd have a round trip of about 4 miles (currently). These trails are multi-use trails found in the Black River Reservation of the Lorain County Metropark System. I spoke with a Park Ranger who said that the Steel Mill Trail will eventually connect into Cromwell Park on the north end. I found this short trail interesting as you view the contrast between the U.S. Steel Mill on one side of the Black River to the almost park like setting on the opposite side. The difference will only be more apparent when the trail is extended into Cromwell Park. It would be nice if a route or bike line could be extended out of Cromwell Park up to the shores of Lake Erie.

Bridgeway Trail

A Very Pretty Lightly Traveled Trail

January, 2018 by orangedoug

Back in May 2017 I rode the Bridgeway and Steel Mill Trails in Elyria, Ohio. While TrailLink lists these as separate trails, I view them as one continuous trail. On this out and back ride I traveled a little over 12.5 miles. These trails are multi-use trails found in the Black River Reservation of the Lorain County Metropark System. I spoke with a Park Ranger who said that the Steel Mill Trail will eventually connect into Cromwell Park on the north end. To the south, the Bridgeway Trail follows Ford Road out of High Meadows Section of the Black River Reservation to Midway Blvd., and then heads south along wide sidewalks of West River Road N, to Gateway Blvd. S to eventually W. 2nd Street where a cyclist can pick up the North Coast Inland Trail. While this part of the Bridgeway Trail exists, and is well-signed along the route, it crosses through the very heavily trafficked commercial and retail area of Midway Mall. I chose not to ride this section. I think you'd be better off strapping your bike to the back of the car and traveling the 3 or so miles to the North Coast Inland Trail if you want to make that connection.

North Coast Inland Trail (Lorain County)

A Nice Start to a Grander Future Trail

January, 2018 by orangedoug

In May of 2017 I put in 30.3 miles riding out and back on the Lorain County section of the North Coast Inland Trail from the Gateway trailhead in Elyria to 1.5 miles west of Kipton, OH. In Elyria, the trail extends beyond the Gateway trailhead up to the Black River Reservation Metropark. However, I would suggest that this section could be tricky as traffic will be heavy around the commercial/retail area near Midway Mall. The trail itself is a wide paved path in good shape except for the last 1.5 miles, which starting at Baird Road switches to medium sized limestone gravel -- probably not a good idea for skinny-tired bikes. West of Kipton the trail ends and you would have to ride the roads to reach the next completed section. Bring sunscreen with you as the further west you go the more open the trail becomes as you get into farming country.

According to ohiobikeways.net this 15 mile section is part of the 67.5 miles of trail currently open. When completely done this trail will stretch from Elyria to Toledo, OH and will cover about 270 miles making it probably the penultimate East-West trail in Ohio.

Maple Highlands Trail

A Hidden Gem

January, 2018 by orangedoug

I've ridden on this trail numerous times. The latest was in May 2017. I rode 31 miles (out and back) between Middlefield and Chardon in Geauga County, Ohio. This used to be an old B & O rail line. This seems to be a hidden gem as I rode for almost an hour and a half before encountering anyone else on the trail. The trail is divided into 3 sections. The northern section north of Chardon, OH is paved and connects up to the southern section of the Lake Metroparks Greenway. After a gap in the center of Chardon, the paved central section of the trail heads east and south until it arrives at Headlands Park on the East Branch Reservoir. The surface of southern section of the trail is mostly hard-packed dirt/crushed limestone that extends the trail from the reservoir to Swine Creek Reservation part of the Geauga County Park District south of Middlefield, Ohio. This part of the trail can get rough due to ruts left by Amish buggies utilizing the trail. Look for lots of wildlife throughout and mosquitos in the southern section as the trail travels through swampy wetlands north of Middlefield.

Lake Metroparks Greenway Corridor

A Nice Trail with Expansion Potential

January, 2018 by orangedoug

I rode the The Lake Metroparks Greenway Corridor in May of 2017. This is a trail that is little over 5 miles in length but due some road construction in the south, and poor signage in Painesville, OH I did not ride the last half mile or so at the northern end. As you come into Painesville you are directed onto the street to cross an active rail line at a protected crossing (safety first), however there was no sign at Walnut Avenue directing those unfamiliar with the trail back onto remaining length of the trail. So instead I ended up following Liberty Street down to the Painesville town square which probably was more photogenic anyway. It wasn't until I returned home that I discovered that I missed out on this last part of the trail. This trail is missing an approximate 1.75 mile segment from It current southern end at Ravenna Road to a small trail link that heads south from Girdled Road to connect to the Maple Highlands Trail and Chardon, OH. I have no knowledge as to whether this missing link is in the works but from online maps filling this gap may be contentious as it crosses through Quail Hollow Golf Resort. Spanning this gap and connecting the of two parts of the Maple Highlands Trail through Chardon, OH could create a single trail of approximately 27 miles.

Berlin Lake Trail

Short Scenic Trail

January, 2018 by orangedoug

On April 28, 2017 I rode Berlin Lake Trail in Deerfield Township which is WSW of Youngstown, Ohio. This is a short little rail trail that is recreational in use. There were a lot of walkers using the trail around 9 a.m. The trail is almost completely surrounded by water. If you got here early enough you'd probably see some spectacular sunrises. This is a trail you can knock out pretty quickly as a round trip is only 4.5 miles.

Olde Muskingum Trail

An Alternative to the Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail

January, 2018 by orangedoug

In April of 2017 I rode the Olde Muskingum Trail. This trail can be found along the Tuscarawas River in Canal Fulton, Ohio. To me this is an unusual trail. On one side of the Tuscarawas River you have the Congressman Ralph Regula Towpath Trail which follows the old Ohio & Erie Canal. This trail has historical significance, it currently has a working section of canal, and an actual canal boat ride if you are so inclined. The Olde Muskingum Trail is on the opposite side of the river and was an old railroad siding or right of way that has been converted into a trail. It too is a crushed limestone surface and you would be hard pressed to tell the two trails apart except for the canal facilities visible and in use on the Towpath Trail. The Olde Muskingum Trail is approximately 6 miles long. If you combine the two trails with Cherry Street in the north and Forty Corners Road in the south you could make a 12.5 mile loop to ride. The Congressman Regula Towpath Trail is part of the Ohio to Erie cross state trail. Combine that with the working canal boat attraction and the Towpath can get pretty busy during the summer. My guess is that the locals probably prefer the Olde Muskingum Trail because it is less busy.

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