“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.
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
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
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)
Here are Trail Resources in order from Ohio to Erie (SW to NE):
[camping areas listed at the end]
Cincinnati, Loveland, Xenia
South Charleston, London, Lilly Chapel
Georgesville to Southwest Metro Columbus
Grandview Heights, Downtown, Northeast Metro Columbus
Westerville, Sunbury, Centerburg, Mt. Vernon
Gambier, Danville, Killbuck, Fredericksburg
Massillion, Akron, Cleveland
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: 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