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Announcing our new Executive Coordinator

The Ohio to Erie Trail Fund Board is please to introduce Lisa Daris of Columbus as the new part-time Executive Coordinator. Lisa will handle the day to day operations of the organization and report to President Moffitt and the officers.

She has extensive experience in the corporate world as well as with non-profit organizations. Her accomplishments include serving on the Community Advisory Committee for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s transportation department. She is also on the board of FLOW (Friends of the Lower Olentangy), chairs the Columbus Outdoor Pursuits Boating Program and is the founder of SLOW MONEY, a non-profit organization that focuses on peer-to-peer principle based lending. In addition she has her own seasonal kayaking company, Olentangy Paddle. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University.

Lisa brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and activism to the organization and the Board is pleased to welcome her to this new role.

Lisa Daris , Ohio to Erie Trail Fund Executive Coordinator

Lisa Daris , Ohio to Erie Trail Fund Executive Coordinator

Towpath Trail 2016 Calendar

Upcoming events on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail:

2016 Events

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

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail Events

FirstMerit Towpath Century Ride 2016

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.

Adventure Cycling Southern Ohio Relaxed

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.

Trip Dates:
Jul 09, 2016 — Jul 15, 2016
Milford, OH

More at Adventure Cycling’s Website


Photo by Dennis Coello

Rails to Trails Sojourn Series coming to Ohio!

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)

Read all about the 2016 Sojourn Series


Trail Information by Area

Here are Trail Resources in order from Ohio to Erie (SW to NE)  (last updated 2-18-2019)
[camping areas listed at the end]

Cincinnati, Loveland, Xenia

The Ohio River Trail
Friends of the Little Miami State Park (FLMSP)
TrailMail Archives
FLMSP on Facebook

South Charleston, London, Lilly Chapel

Clark County Park District
Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails (FMCPT)
Trailside Camping in London
FMCPT on Facebook

Georgesville to Greater Hilltop, Southwest Metro Columbus

Friends of Camp Chase Trail
Camp Chase Trail Map on Central Ohio Greenways
Friends of Camp Chase Trail on Facebook

Grandview Heights, Downtown Columbus, Northeast Metro Columbus  (links updated 2-18-19)

Central Ohio Greenways (Maps for all COG network trails)
Scioto Greenway Trail
Downtown Connector Trail
Alum Creek Greenway Trail

Westerville, Sunbury, Centerburg, Mt. Vernon

Westerville Parks B&W
Preservation Parks, Delaware County
Heart of Ohio Trail
Visit Knox County

Gambier, Danville, Killbuck, Fredericksburg

Kokosing Gap Trail
Mohican Valley Trail
Holmes County Trail

Massillion, Akron, Cleveland

Sippo Valley Trail
Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail
Subscribe Towpath Times
Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail on Facebook
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cleveland Metro Parks

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:  Find accommodations options at  and
(Areas near the trail: Westland, Hilltop/Westgate, Grandview Heights, Short North, German Village, Northeast/Easton, Westerville, Galena)
Master List of Towpath Camping [Northeast Ohio]:
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

Trail Friend Journeyonabike posted this google map link of the Campsites from the Cleveland Amtrak station to Cincinnati Riverside Park.  Read more visitor journals on our facebook page.

*For more accommodations options visit  and   Distance grids and other helpful resources are available on our Destinations Page page.