How long is the entire Ohio to Erie Trail?
The Ohio to Erie Trail route is approx. 330 miles one way between Cincinnati and Cleveland. As more off-street trail is added, the route actually gets short between Cincy and Cleveland!
Is the Ohio to Erie Trail a Designated Ohio Bike Route?
The OTET is Ohio Bicycle Route 1 and the standard bicycle signs have been placed along the route to help travelers since so many spur trails have been connected to the OTET. It will be designated US Bike Route 21 sometime in 2016.
How much of the Trail is completed as off street?
At least 85% of those miles are completed on a collection of off-street but paved trails. Some of the OTET is on roads with the lowest traffic we could find in the areas. Another 20 miles or so of off-street paved trail is scheduled to open in 2015-16.
Where can I find the routing for the trail across Ohio?
Our paper map set of the entire route is your best bet along with the website for up-dates. With the route changing as we add new off-street pavement, always check the web site for route up-dates as well as alerts. Our interactive map on the web site is also a good way to find your way and plan your trip.
What information do the maps include in addition to the route?
Each of the four maps in the set have names of the trails that make up the OTET, mileage distances between turns, major cross street route numbers, town, village and city names and a general description on each map panel that explains most of the turns.
Where can I obtain a listing of services along the OTET like lodging, food, bike shops etc.?
We have compiled a comprehensive listing of all of these needs including camping, motels, hotels, bed and breakfasts, grocery stores/restaurants, restroom locations and bicycle shops all within a reasonable proximity to the OTET . If you have any to add, please contact us at OhioToErieTrail@gmail.com. Click Here To Visit Plan Your Trip Page
I hear the route is changing?
The OTET is still changing as more and more trail segments replace street routes. In early 2016 a major change took place in Columbus when Bike Route 1/OTET now goes into downtown on a connector path from the Scioto River Trail and then north on the Alum Creek Greenway Trail. This will remove the long time Olentangy Trail from the OTET Route and eliminated several miles of street travel. Also, in Knox County-Mt. Vernon a rail crossing stood in the way of completing the trail segments there and that has now opened for travelers eliminating all street travel in Mount Vernon. In Holmes County just north of the Bridge of Dreams on the Mohican Valley Trail (paved 10-2015), a paved eight-mile connection between Route 62 and Glenmont is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2016 all but eliminating travel on Route 62.
How can I order the maps? When you order our map set, you should receive it in less than 2 weeks by USPS. Map sets are $10.00 plus tax if you are an Ohio resident. NOTE: if the maps are shipped out of Ohio, there is NO SALES TAX. Sales tax on Ohio map orders is $.75 each. Click here to visit our Shop page
Has any part of the Trail been updated since the maps were produced?
The off street and paved trail sections are increasing in number every year. The maps were printed in 2014 and a new one will be printed toward the end of 2016 so that many of the new/revised trail sections can be captured in the map set. The maps, while extremely useful for travelers, need to be paired with information from our website on trail up-dates as well as last minute trail alerts.
What is the surface of the Trail?
Most of the current Trail is hard surface known popularly as “asphalt”. Some sections are concrete. A few sections remain as well packed crushed limestone and some are hard-packed dirt. All are navigable by bicycle. Our recommendation is that regular bicycle touring or road tires are fine on the OTET, but you may find skinny racing-type tires may not be satisfactory in some areas.
Where can I stay overnight if I’m doing longer sections of the Trail?
We have compiled a list of lodging places (camping, hotels, motels, B&Bs) in close proximity to the OTET. If you find others that are suitable, please let us know. Click here for listing.
Where can I get more information on things to see and do along the Trail?
As a resource for Ohio tourism and a map of the state of Ohio go to: http://www.ohio.gov/tourism/ click on “Traffic Conditions and Road Maps”; then click on “Official Ohio transportation map | Order a free copy”
Do you have an OTET jersey or T-shirt that I can buy?
Go to the “Store” page to see the full list of merchandise that we sell. In the Store we offer a great OTET jersey for $85 plus $6.38 sales tax for Ohio residents for a total of $91.38 for Ohio residents. There is no sales tax charged for orders from out of state Jersey orders are placed with the manufacturer as they are sold. There is not a physical store for trying them on. Once you place the order, please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery via UPS from Borah Teamwear. See the “Store” page for sizing and other details.
Do you sell other Ohio to Erie Trail items?
Yes, we offer stickers in 2 sizes (4 x 6 inch and 2 x 3 inch). The bumper stickers are high quality laminated material and each large sticker is $4 and each small sticker is $3. Ohio residents pay $4.30 with sales tax and $3.23 for the smaller sticker including sales tax. Orders sent out of state have no sales tax added. Don’t forget the set of four OTET Maps. Please go to the “Store” page to see the full list of merchandise that we sell.
How many days should we plan to travel the entire length of the OTET?
The entire length of the OTET is about 330 miles. Along with how far you can travel in one day on a relatively flat terrain (about 85%) and if you are carrying your gear, most travelers plan 4 to 7 days. Making sure lodging is available along the way is also important.
What about the OTET through the major cities?
Much of OTET travels through the cities of Cincinnati, London, Columbus, Westerville, Mt. Vernon, Massillon, Akron and Cleveland and is on off-street, trail pavement. However there are some sections that require travelers to use caution on the city streets in each of those municipalities. Sometimes this may be for a few blocks or a couple miles. In almost all cases, bike lanes are marked. The route is marked with Route 1 Bike signs and OTET. Enjoy the cities of Ohio and simply watch for vehicles and be careful as you would in any urban area.