Ohio offers more than 5,000 miles of trails for hiking, biking, bridle, mountain biking and water trails. Trails improve quality of life and boost outdoor recreational opportunities for all Ohioans, by allowing families and friends to participate in outdoor activities close to home. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the Ohio Trails Partnership are requesting feedback to create the state’s next plan for recreational trails of all types throughout Ohio.

ODNR will host five regional meetings for everyone from trail managers to planners to advocates to trail users. The focus of these meetings is to garner ideas, which will formulate a state plan for recreational trails. This plan helps to set funding priorities of the State’s Clean Ohio Trails Fund and the federal Recreational Trails Program. Topics of discussion will include nature trails, multi-use/greenway paths, water trails, motorized recreational trails, equestrian trails and mountain bike trails.

Each meeting will begin at 2 p.m. with a short presentation followed by facilitated input from meeting attendees to help chart a future for recreational trails across Ohio at the following locations:

 

Tuesday, June 19 – Southwest Ohio

Caesar Creek U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center

4020 N. Clarksville Road

Waynesville, OH 45068

 

Thursday, June 21 – Northeast Ohio

District 3 Wildlife Office

912 Portage Lakes Drive

Akron, OH 44319

 

Tuesday, June 26 – Central Ohio

Horace R. Collins Laboratory

3307 S. Old State Road

Delaware, OH 43015

 

Thursday, June 28 – Southeast Ohio

Division 4 Wildlife Office

360 E. State Street

Athens, OH 45701

 

Tuesday, July 17 – Northwest Ohio

Buehner Center

5402 Wilkins Road

Whitehouse, OH 43571

 

People should RSVP for these meetings to ODNR Trails Coordinator Tom Arbour at tom.arbour@dnr.state.oh.us or 614-265-6575.

Ohio continues to strive to be a leader in providing sustainable trails for all users offering an extraordinary network of world-class recreation and transportation opportunities linking communities, people and places while stimulating economic and social vitality.ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.