Ohio to Erie Trail - North Central

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Plan your visit

Start planning your Ohio to Erie Trail Adventure today! Visit the Destinations and Itineraries section of the trail website and the CycleLifeHQ north central destination page for everything you need to get going!

If you are riding west to east across Ohio, research USBR 50 for the detailed route. US Bicycle Route 50 follows the middle section of the Ohio to Erie trail from Xenia to Columbus to Westerville.

The North Central Region of the Ohio to Erie Trail connects with the South Central Region in Columbus. It heads north to northeast through flat to rolling farmlands to Killbuck where it connects to the Northern Region of the trail.

About the North Central Region

The trail gives cyclists opportunities to experience small town rural Ohio hospitality with ample trailside amenities. The trail in this region is asphalt surfaced and predominantly under a tree canopy providing a comfortable ride in all seasons. The short on-road sections travel quiet country roads with little to no elevation change. Come cycle and play in the country!

Villages and towns along the trail

  • Westerville, home to Otterbein University, is a suburb of Columbus. It has a small-town vibe with a historic downtown of interesting shops and dining just blocks off the trail.
  • Galena is a New England style village with structures built in the 1800s. Galena sits at the headwaters of Hoover Reservoir which is popular with outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Sunbury is a sleepy Ohio town with a town hall in the center of the square. Look for the Johnny Appleseed statue on the square.
  • Centerburg sits at the geographic center of Ohio. Turn off the trail at the iconic grain mill. Head into town to snap a shot at the rock marking the heart of Ohio.
  • Mount Vernon has been voted one of Ohio’s best hometowns. The Woodward Opera House and other restored buildings line Main Street just blocks from the CA&C Depot trailhead.
  • Gambier, home to Kenyon College, is one of our trail visitors’ favorite photo-ops. A steam locomotive and caboose greet visitors at the village’s trailhead.
  • Danville is the gateway to Ohio’s Amish country. The Ohio to Erie Trail’s Kokosing Gap and Mohican Valley Trails converge in the village.   
  • Killbuck sits in a valley surrounded by marshes along the trail. The small village offers small town amenities and friendly faces along the trail.
  • Attractions on the trail

    • Geographic Center of Ohio
    • Centerburg, platted in 1834, is the southern gateway to the Heart of Ohio Trail and known as the geographical center of Ohio.
    • Ariel-Foundation Park
    • This 250-acre park, a stunning example of adaptive reuse of a former glass-making factory, is on the Heart of Ohio Trail. 
    • 0-6-0 Locomotive
    • The locomotive is located on the Kokosing Gap Trail in Gambier. It was built in 1940 by the American Locomotive Company for the Alabama State Docks Commission and moved to Gambier in 2000. 
    • Bridge of Dreams
    • This 370-foot covered bridge is located on the Mohican Valley Trail near Brinkhaven. It is the second longest covered bridge in Ohio and third longest covered bridge in the United States.

      Bike shops along the trail

      • Westerville Bike Shop is less than a ½ mile ride from the College Street OTET intersection to the shop on West Main Street in historic downtown Westerville.
      • Trek Bicycle Westerville is on the northern edge of Westerville in Northgate Plaza. The OTET travels the bike path along Northgate Way behind the plaza.
      • Y-Not Cycling & Fitness is in downtown Mount Vernon 3 blocks north of the CA&C Depot. Follow directional signs from the iron rail viaduct into downtown.
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        134.76 km / 83.736 mi

        Total Distance

        463 m / 1,519 ft

        Total Ascent

        472 m / 1,547 ft

        Total Descent

        390 m / 1,281 ft

        Highest Point

        Ride type:
        Mountain biking
        Road riding
        Sightseeing
        Commuter
        Rail Trail
        Gravel
        Various
        EPIC Ride
        Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
        Fitness Level: Medium
        Terrain:
        Shared Bike Path - Paved
        Shared Bike Path - Dirt
        On-Road Bike Lane
        On-Road
        Off-Road - Fire Trail
        Off-Road - Rail Trail
        Off-Road - Single Track
        Off-Road - Downhill
        Gravel Road
        Trail Signage: Good
        Mobile Coverage: Limited
        Services:
        Water
        Food
        First Aid
        Toilets
        Bike hire
        Carparking
        Bike servicing
        Accessible by bike
        Accessible by car
        Accessible by public transport
        Accessible by shuttle
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