Ohio to Erie Trail
Cycling the Ohio to Erie Trail
Cycle this amazing recreation trail linking Cincinnati, Columbus, Akron and Cleveland while enjoying the splendor of Ohio’s rural heartland. Along the way, experience the history that shaped the state: Amish culture, Revolutionary War history, Civil War history, canal history, railroad history — it all happened here along the OTET and what better way to explore and discover than by bike!
The Ohio to Erie Trail (OTET) is a 326 mile multi-use trail for cyclists, equestrians, hikers, skaters, bird watchers and more. The trail is accessible for all, paved, and suitable for strollers and wheelchairs. Trails are mostly separated from highways and motorized vehicular traffic, with only 50 miles of the total trail through some city streets and rural roads. In winter, the trail transforms into a snowshoe and cross-country ski path.
The trail connects the Ohio River to Lake Erie, spanning the state of Ohio from Cincinnati to Cleveland, mostly following lands formerly occupied by railroads and canals. It's comprised of a collection of regional trails connecting four of Ohio's metropolitan cities (Cincinnati, Columbus, Akron and Cleveland), a dozen large towns and several small villages.
Along the way, the trail passes through rural areas, farmlands, nature preserves, Amish heritage areas and regional parks giving the adventurous a hearty helping of nature’s finest. The small rural towns are a treasure of small shops, restaurants and Ohio's history and heritage. At the metropolitan perimeters, meadows and woods give way to exciting urban centers, affording a contemporary taste of Ohio’s culture and arts. There are visitor centers, museums, parks and displays all along the OTET.
It's comprised of a collection of regional trails. connecting 27 trail communities including four of Ohio's largest metropolitan cities Cincinnati, Columbus, Akron and Cleveland. Plan your OTET experience via the Trail's four key regions:
Many of the trailhead and other towns and communities along the Trail are accredited Bicycle Friendly Communities by the League of American Bicyclists, including Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati.
The information across the four sections of the OTET has been prepared by Ambassadors from the following bicycle organizations:
The following badge on listed businesses along the Ohio to Erie Trail indicates a preferred and recommended business by the Friends of the Ohio to Erie Trail group:
When to go
For a cycling experience along the Ohio to Erie Trail, the best times to visit are from April-September when weather is warm to hot. Be aware that this area can become very hot and humid during the peak summer months of June to August.
In wintertime, the Northeast part of the trail transforms into a winter wonderland, and opens up new opportunities to experience the area by fat bike, ski or other snow-sports.