ODNR seeks input on Ohio’s recreational trails

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COLUMBUS — 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 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.

Meeting locations

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;
  • Thursday, June 21, Northeast Ohio, District 3 Wildlife Office, 912 Portage Lakes Drive, Akron;
  • Tuesday, June 26, Central Ohio, Horace R. Collins Laboratory, 3307 S. Old State Road, Delaware;
  • Thursday, June 28, Southeast Ohio, Division 4 Wildlife Office, 360 E. State Street, Athens;
  • Tuesday, July 17, Northwest Ohio, Buehner Center, 5402 Wilkins Road, Whitehouse.

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