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News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
September 8, 2003

WHAT BETTER WAY TO ENJOY OHIO'S FALL COLOR THAN BY CYCLING ON A DESIGNATED BICYCLE TRAILWAY

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COLUMBUS, OH -- Ohio has hundreds of miles of designated bicycle paths, running through some of the state's most picturesque terrain, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

There's no better (or healthier) way to enjoy the state's much-anticipated Fall Color touring season than with a ride on one of these special trails. Fall's sunny days and crisp temperatures are especially suited to cycling. Bicycling at a speed of six miles per hour burns about 240 calories every hour. Besides the fitness aspect, bicycling is a fun, social activity for families and groups of friends.

Ohio's designated bike trails are growing in number each year, making cycling one of the fastest-growing outdoor activities in the state. For enthusiasts who want to get out and enjoy the beauty of Ohio's colorful countryside this fall, ODNR offers a list of "rides" that promise to invigorate the body and stimulate the senses.

 

NORTHEAST

bulletCleveland Lakefront State Park (Cuyahoga County) - More than 15 miles of paved path along the Lake Erie shoreline from Edgewater Park to Euclid Beach.
bulletOhio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail (Cuyahoga/Summit counties) - Following some of the most scenic sections of the historic canal route, this 20-mile trail runs from Cleveland's southern suburbs through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and into downtown Akron.
bulletB&O Trail (Richland County) - Eighteen miles of trail between Butler and Mansfield follow the old B&O Railroad right of way through fields and woodlands.
bulletKokosing Gap Trail (Knox County) - This 14-mile paved path follows the Kokosing State Scenic River from Mt. Vernon to Danville, through the college town of Gambier.
bulletMosquito Lake State Park (Trumbull County) - Five miles of interlocking loop trails are moderate and suitable for beginning and intermediate mountain-bike riders.
bulletSippo Valley Trail (Wayne/Stark counties) - A 9.5-mile trail links downtown Dalton to the City of Massillon. The trail traverses beautiful woodlands, farm fields and meandering streams and has gentle grades that accommodate a variety of activities.
bulletMetroparks Bikeway (Mahoning County) - The 11-mile bikeway runs from Western Reserve Road in Canfield Township to the Mahoning/Trumbull County Line in Austintown Township. The trail offers a variety of scenery for hikers, skaters and cyclists.

NORTHWEST

bulletUniversity/Parks Trail (Lucas County) - This 6.3-mile paved all-purpose trail runs from King Road in Sylvania to the University of Toledo campus. A connector trail also takes users to the Toledo Metroparks' Wildwood Preserve.
bulletMarblehead Trail (Ottawa County) - Lake Erie provides the backdrop for two miles of ballast trail on the scenic and historic Marblehead Peninsula.
bulletWabash Cannonball Trail (Fulton, Henry, Lucas counties) - South leg runs 17 miles from Liberty Center to Maumee. North leg runs 17 miles from Fulton County Road 5 to Wauseon.
bulletCelina to Coldwater Trail (Mercer County) - Travels 4.5 miles along the western edge of Grand Lake St. Marys between the towns of Celina and Coldwater.
bulletIndian Lake State Park Bike Trail (Logan County) - A paved 2.5-mile bike path follows the southwestern lakeshore between Old Field Beach and Russells Point.

SOUTHWEST

bulletLittle Miami Scenic Trail (Clermont, Clark, Greene, Warren counties) - Seventy miles of paved bikeway parallel the Little Miami State and National Scenic River between Buck Creek State Park in Clark County and Milford in Clermont County. The path traverses some of Ohio's most beautiful and pristine countryside.
bulletEast Fork State Park (Clermont County) - A two-mile loop trail for novice and intermediate mountain-bike riders.
bulletHueston Woods State Park (Preble County) - Trail markers direct novice bikers to the easier sections of the park's 12 miles of mountain bike trails. Old-growth forest is a feature of the park landscape.
bulletCreekside Trail (Greene County) - This 10.6-mile trail begins at the Xenia Station and runs to the county line in Beavercreek. The trail is bound by two wetlands that provide extraordinary views of rare plants and animals and crosses a 140-foot bridge over Shawnee Creek.

SOUTHEAST

bulletLake Alma State Park Trail (Vinton County) - A one-mile paved trail circles picturesque Lake Alma, beginning at the park entrance and ending at the exit.
bulletAdena-Hockhocking Trail (Athens County) - Connecting the Hocking Riverfront in Athens with Nelsonville, this 16.5-mile bike path follows the river as it winds through hills and valleys.
bulletDillon State Park (Muskingum County) - Twelve miles of interlocking loop trails are color coded for beginner, intermediate and advanced mountain-bike riders.

CENTRAL

bulletAlum Creek State Park (Delaware County) - The south bike trail is a two-mile loop around low hills and meadows suitable for novice cyclists.
bulletT.J. Evans Trail System (Licking County) - A 14.3-mile trail between Johnstown and Newark through rolling countryside.
bulletBlackhand Trail (Licking County) - The paved, 4.2-mile trail is a cool, scenic ride along the Licking River through beautiful Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve.
bulletOlentangy/Scioto River Bikeway (Franklin County) - Twenty miles of paved bike trail parallels the Olentangy State Scenic River to the Delaware County line.
bulletFor updated information on this year's Fall Color season across Ohio, visit the ODNR web site at ohiodnr.com and click on the bicycle path icon.
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For additional news online, check out the ODNR Press Room at Ohiodnr.com
For Further Information Contact:
Jane Beathard, ODNR Media Relations
(614) 265-6860
 

 

 

 

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