The Ohio to Erie Trail and connecting roads are mapped using GPS data. The trail and connecting roads are color coded so you will know the surface of the route. Also, listed below are websites with additional information about the network of trails forming the Ohio to Erie Trail.
As work is completed on individual projects, we will keep this post updated. The names of the trail segments followed by the Ohio to Erie Trail include: Ohio River Trail, Little Miami Scenic Trail, Prairie Grass Trail, Roberts Pass, Camp Chase Trail, Scioto Trail, Olentangy Trail, Westerville Bike and Walk Route, Genoa Trail, Hoover Scenic Trail, Heart of Ohio Trail, Kokosing Gap Trail, Mohican Valley Trail, Holmes County Trail, Sippo Valley Trail and the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath.
Completed Segments: Little Miami Scenic Trail, Prairie Grass Trail, Roberts Pass, Scioto Greenway Trail, Olentangy Trail, Westerville Bike and Walk Route, Kokosing Gap Trail
Navigating the Trail:
Cincinnati(From North to South)
From Milford south to Cincinnati (about 20 miles) the Little Miami Trail section (Route 3) ends just north of Avoca Park of the Great Parks of Hamilton County while the Ohio to Erie Trail (Route 1) continues on past Avoca (parking, shelter and restrooms) another quarter mile before exiting the recreation trail with a sharp right turn to go up a short ramp to Wooster Pike (Route 50). This begins a six-mile road route of OTET. The OTET is then marked with along Wooster Pike with Route 1 signs through the Village of Mariemont and Fairfax City before crossing the Little Miami River and joining the western most part of the Lunken Airport Loop Trail south to the airport terminal. From there, it joins the Ohio River Trail heading west to downtown Cincinnati winding its way along the river before going on to Riverside Avenue for about four miles to Friendship Park on the Ohio River. The southern terminus of the OTET is between the two Cincinnati stadiums and behind the National Freedom Center at the new Smale Park on the Ohio River. The section between AVOCA Park and the Lunken Airport’s eastern loop trail section is still separated by lack of a bridge over the Little Miami River, but once constructed, there will be a paved recreational trail from Avoca to Lunken Airport Terminal. An almost five mile section from Lunken to Friendship Park has been approved along the OASIS light rail Line. When financed and built, this paved trail will take all Cincinnati OTET travelers off city streets, including Riverside Drive which now does have a bike lane. The route into the metro Cincinnati area is a relatively easy one.
East of London to Columbus (ALERT: sections changed from printed map)
The Camp Chase Trail is 65% done and includes 9.5 miles in Madison County and Franklin County, it is completed through Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park and is paved to Galloway Road. The printed map instructs people to use Broad Street, however until October 2016, it is under major construction west of I-270 and these conditions make an already challenging connection nearly impossible. Ohio to Erie Trail leadership provides the following alternative route which is 9.17 miles going from SW to NE. Start: Camp Chase Trail at Galloway Road, then proceed North on Galloway Road - East on Hall Road [heavy traffic] - North on Norton Road -CHANGED SECTION: From Norton Rd., East on Sullivant Ave.- North on Georgesville Road [heavy traffic] - East on Sullivant Ave - North on Demorest Road where you join the Westgate Bicycle Blvd with signs and shared lane markings (sharrows). Follow Westgate Bicycle Blvd (Demorest - Wicklow - Brinker - Olive - S. Westgate - cross Broad St - continue on N. Westgate Ave). SAME AS PRINTED MAP: From Broad St., follow Westgate Bicycle Blvd north to end at the Steele Ave Bicycle Blvd. Proceed East on the Steele Ave Bicycle Blvd - North on Eureka Ave - East on Valleyview (becomes Highland then Harper). Cross McKinley Ave and enter the Scioto Greenway trail via the Hilltop Connector Bridge, at the end of the connector bridge go LEFT at the fork to follow the Scioto Greenway Trail toward downtown where you connect to the Northbound Olentangy Trail at the Confluence (The Boathouse).
Columbus to Westerville (ALERT: changes to come, Summer 2015)
From downtown Columbus to Westerville the trail follows the Olentangy River bike path. The Olentangy Trail is open with periodic, partial closures for maintenance work. Exit the Olentangy trail in Worthington at Dublin-Granville Road, take the access Road East to Evening Street (N) to North Street (E) (jogs left) to Proprietors Rd (N) to Schrock (E) to Charring Cross Dr where the Ohio to Erie Trail goes NE on the Westerville BW trail. There are two routes through Westerville. The Alum Creek route is along Alum Creek, Main Street, Cleveland Avenue, and Polaris Parkway (becomes Maxtown Road). The Westerville downtown route follows the rail corridor that runs through the center of Westerville. Both routes link at Alum Creek and Schrock Road on the south and at Maxtown Road across from Home Depot on the north. The NE end of this trail is at Wiese Road at Old 3C in Galena.
Killbuck (Holmes County) to Millersburg
Five miles of trail were constructed between Killbuck and Millersburg and opened in December 2007.
A bridge over Route 59 was opened in August of 2008, and work continues on the dowtown trail. The street route through Akron is very dangerous so be careful. Notice that the route is one way north and south.
A wonderful resource is this detailed description of the trail by Carol and Guy Cocchiarale on their
igotabike blog (May, June 2012)
Individual Trail Websites:
Little Miami: www.miamivalleytrails.org
Camp Chase Trail: www.campchasetrail.co
Central Ohio: www.centralohiogreenways.com
Delaware County: www.dcft.typepad.com
Ohio and Erie Canalway: www.ohioanderiecanalway.com
Madison County: www.fmcpt.com
Millersburg/Holmes County: www.holmestrail.org
Mt. Vernon/Knox County: www.knoxcountyparks.org
Wayne County www.waynecountytrails.org