Join us for the 
Ribbon Cutting

~Celebrating the 1st Mile~  
Friday, October 14 
10:00 am 
Trailhead on W. Market Street in Orrville 
From Main Street/Route 57, 
Turn west onto Market, cross Vine at the light. 
Parking lot near the RR tracks, look for us there!


We have so much to share with you this month!   The first mile of The Heartland Trail is nearly completed and we are ready for a ribbon cutting ceremony.   There is a new and exciting development for a portion of the future trail north of Marshallville.  We have extended a section of fence along the County Line Trail. A work day is planned for next weekend on the Sippo Trail.

We plan to accomplish more great things before the snow flies.
Enjoy the next few months on the trails!  We love to see you out there!

Good Questions and Great Conversations at the Fair    
We truly appreciate the many people who visited our booth at the Wayne County Fair.

Special thanks to our volunteers who served as hosts .

A September Saturday Draws Walkers from
Across the State 
Diane Jarrett from Baja West Coach Kitchen, Anne Wiseman from Aultman Orrville Hospital, and Jenni Reusser from Rails-to-Trails of Wayne County prepared the
Growing Healthy Habits booth for the Orrville Volkswalk Day. RTWC also had a display.
Photo Courtesy Oma Marks, Aultman Orrville Hospital 

A total of 49 walkers registered for the event. They used the volkswalkers' prepared map and directions to walk the newly-completed portion of the Heartland Trail and also route that took them through The J.M. Smucker Company campus, downtown Orrville, the west end of town and Orr Park.
Most of the participants were volkswalkers who came specifically to add this walk to their list of volkswalk events, but we also registered a handful of local people who had learned about the walk from the article in Orr Views and came because of their interest in the new trail.

The volkswalkers learned about the walk from publicity in the American Volkssport Association's national newsletter, the AVA website, and/or the Ohio Volkssport Association's Journal.  They came from all over Ohio including Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo, Lima and Youngstown as well as communities in Wayne, Stark, Summit and Medina counties.  

There was a lot of interest in the Rails-to -Trails exhibit and many very positive comments about the trail. Several walkers expressed hope we'll organize future volkswalks on additional sections of the trail as they are completed.

The Chamber of Commerce handouts on local places to eat were very popular and many of the walkers had lunch in Orrville before returning home. 

Luanne Johnson, The Gemutlich Wanderers

Thank you Volkswalkers for this wonderful event . You helped us put feet on our first mile of
The Heartland Trail!


To help cut back on pedestrian traffic cutting across the trail into nearby neighborhoods, RTWC recently extended the fence along the first stretch of trail in Rittman, which runs from the trailhead to Main
We appreciate the great
cooperation on this project.  



Let's Talk Trails 
Work Day at the Sippo - Can You Help?

Dedicated in 2002, the Sippo Trail has provided many people many hours of outdoor walking, biking and horseback pleasure

Here is what you need to know about the workday:

Come to the Village Green Park between 8:30 and 10:00 am to register. Directions and updates will be given there.  Work will be concluded by noon.

        WEAR: long pants and long sleeves
Poison ivy or brambles could be an issue in some areas.
Wear shoes appropriate for outdoor work.
       BRING heavy work gloves.  Eye protection is recommended.

       BRING typical outdoor work tools if you have them, including brooms.

  • Jenni Reusser - at the park with registration and information 
  • Becky Jewell - at the W. Lebanon Trailhead 
  • Ted Short - between Dalton and W. Lebanon 
  • Don Noble II - between W. Lebanon and Deerfield 
  • Phil Grimm -  with car and tool trailer,  checking all along the trail  
  • Ben VanZile, husband of board member Katie VanZile -  general trimming in all areas, will help direct and oversee as needed.

    It would be extremely helpful if you let us know you plan to come and help.
    Please CLICK HERE to send an email to say you plan to be there.
    Pre-registration is not required, but an estimate of number of people planning to assist will be helpful.  Thank you!

The Rockies: Something old will be new again
Photo from "Geology of Wayne County" by G.W. Conrey, 1921.
Bulletin 24,  Geological Survey of Ohio, J.A. Bownecker, State Geologist

Edward Mack, Geologist, Summer 2016 

We are very pleased to announce an exciting development in the future Heartland Trail just north of Marshallville. Ed Mack, Geologist and members of the Ohio Geologic Survey Team are enthusiastically ready to begin a major clean up and restoration of the Marshallville Rock Outcrop, known locally as The Rockies.  When the railroad first cut through to make way for their tracks, this significant outcrop showing unconformity contact of Pennsylvanian and Mississippian rocks soon became of great interest to geologists. The book referenced above the in 1921 photo states, "The best example of a disconformity in the county is in the railroad cut one-half mile northeast of Marshallville in Chippewa Township.  The cut shows two sandstone masses separated by shale, which lies in a depression on the eroded sandstone surface."  Please note the man standing near the tracks to the right of the photo, just as Mr. Mack is positioned in the recent photograph.

According to Mr. Mack, interest in this site goes way beyond Wayne County.  It will provide a great public education site, an excellent teaching site for schools, and will likely be a field trip destination for many geology enthusiasts across the state and nation. "They are very excited about it since the Ohio Geological Survey is looking for projects on Rails-to-Trails in Ohio," said Mack.

Of course the current state of the site is very overgrown with trees and other vegetation. This fall, following an evaluation by the Ohio Geologic Survey team, volunteers will begin to cut trees and remove wood.   Next spring further excavation will take place, with the goal being to bring the site back to its original condition in the early 1900's.  Ultimately a sign will explain the site and the project for future visitors, along with a bench to sit and enjoy the wonder of this very special section of The Heartland Trail. 

We are very grateful to Ed Mack and the OGS
 for their interest and enthusiastic support of this wonderful project. 

If you are interested in being involved in this project as a volunteer, please send an email.  We will forward your information to Mr. Mack .

This month we feature the Norwayne High School
Health Professions Advisory Coalition 

The Norwayne HPAC reports it was a busy summer! They participated in the Rittman and Creston parades, and have been tirelessly working on digital issues with the County Line Trail app. The group has learned how to deal with technological adversities and will readily admit that app development is a lot harder than they expected! 
As they excitedly prepare to kick-off another year at Norwayne High School,  a sign-up day garnered eight new members. 

QR codes are machine-readable codes consisting of pixelated black and white patterns that usually contain a website URL or other link which takes users to a designated site. Yo u must download a QR code scanner app on your phone for this to work. 

To use these 
codes with the HPAC's "junctions" on the County Line Trail, you must open your QR code reader app on your device (phone) and then hold the device right above the QR code in the corner of the red paver. (see yellow circle above.)  Currently the scanner will take you to the HPAC website where you can read more about the organization.
The app is not officially released. Thus, there has been some confusion. They hope to officially complete and announce the release this month.


At the June 8, 2016 meeting of the RTWC Board of Directors, the Norwayne High School HPAC group gave a very informative and professional presentation about their Trail Traveler project.  They then presented Board President Don Noble II with a check for $1,000 in appreciation for the cooperation  provided by the board.  Presenting the check were

L-R: Tyler Ault, Hannah Miller and Lance Larrison


The large numbers on the red pavers, are not mile markers.  The numbers correspond to information in the actual app, applicable to the location of that paver. Users will click on the number shown in the "Junctions" section of the app which corresponds with the paver to view information and/or historical information about that exact location.
Despite technological complications, the Norwayne HPAC is looking forward to the soon official release of the County Line Trail App! Stay tuned for updates!

Congratulations to the NHS HPAC on their success
and on their future goals!

We want to hear YOUR story!   Why do you ride?  Where do you ride? Do you walk?  Are you an equestrian? Does your family use the trails?  To be featured in this Walk & Roll Wall of Fame column, please contact us at    

RTWC Board Members
President: Don Noble II, Shreve   
Vice President: Ted Short, Wooster 
Secretary:  Katie VanZile, Orrville 
Treasurer: David L. Lehman, Orrville 



Tom Bahl, Shreve           Susan Baker, Creston    Pat Glessner, Sterling                        
Phil Grimm,  Kidron        Becky Jewell, Orrville     Jenni Reusser, Orrville

Keith Winkler, Sterling    Keith Workman, Orrville