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Old 10-31-16, 07:51 AM
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Seeking detailed Ohio & Erie Cleveland to Cincinnati info

I would like to correspond in detail with any experienced riders of the entire Ohio & Erie Canal trail, from Cleveland to Cincinnati. I have studied all the info I can find online and will buy the trail book and maps, but it would be beneficial to me to email or phone-call any veteran riders of this entire route. Please private-message me your contact info if you would be willing to field questions from me. My plan is to ride it summer of 2017.
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Originally Posted by motorapido
I would like to correspond in detail with any experienced riders of the entire Ohio & Erie Canal trail, from Cleveland to Cincinnati. I have studied all the info I can find online and will buy the trail book and maps, but it would be beneficial to me to email or phone-call any veteran riders of this entire route. Please private-message me your contact info if you would be willing to field questions from me. My plan is to ride it summer of 2017.

The Ohio to Erie trail is actually a series of interconnected bikeways. I have never ridden the whole trail at once but have ridden the whole trail in sections at various times. Generally, it is not too difficult to follow but will require some wayfaring as there are a couple of unconnected areas that require you to travel on roads primarily mid way between Columbus and Cleveland. Feel free to pm me and I will be happy to answer questions. Since I live in Columbus, the sections I am most familar are through the city and 30 miles on either side.
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Linking the trails to Cincinnati

The Little Miami Trail was extended south 3 more miles this year.

On this route map, the new section is from mile 1.2 to mile 4.3. Click the Bike Paths button at the top of the map to see the trails in green, and bike friendly roads in dotted green.

There will be a bike bridge over the Little Miami River to connect to the remaining Ohio & Erie route, but that's some years in the future.

The route shows a "secret" shortcut, taking the on-ramp, crossing the river on the 4-lane + shoulder highway bridge, then immediately cutting across to a rough gravel maintenance road in the park (with a chain across it that you can walk the bike around.) The gravel road is about 1/10 mile long, then ends on the bike trail. (It does say "keep out" at the gravel road, but it's in the park, and there's always bike treads in the dirt.) With a loaded touring bike, you'd probably want to walk most of the gravel road.

The rest of the route to downtown is a bike path, then a dedicated bike lane on Riverside Drive. I routed through the scenic riverfront parks, or you can stay on the road.

Alternate road route

The other way is to take US 50. It's a fairly busy road, but the cars are used to seeing bikes there, and it's fine for connecting through.

Then the route rides on Armleder Park's bike path to connect to the Lunken Airport trail.

The route map.

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