Have YOU considered going on the  RTWC fundraising ride from 
Washington, DC to Pittsburgh, PA  on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath
and the Great Allegheny Passage Rail-Trail?

It is a 9-day trip (8 days of bicycling, approx. 45 miles/day) and 8 nights in hotels or B&Bs.
We depart on a Saturday morning and return on a Sunday.

We are in the process of planning the 2017 ride for mid September.

You will need a roommate (your bicycle riding spouse or another riding partner).

Final dates and complete information will be announced in our December e-newsletter.  
The trip is LIMITED TO 12 RIDERS.  
This trip has become quite popular and we expect it to fill up rapidly,
so if you would like to go along, start planning now! 

County Line Trail, east of Creston. Photo credit to Pam Stout Rieser



Another month is now behind us. But what a month it was!  October 14, 2016 is now engraved in the history books as the day we officially opened the first mile of The Heartland Trail.

It is important for us to be reminded  RTWC was looking into acquiring the Orrville to Clinton property in the mid 1990's. According to Keith Workman, the abandoned rail bed was tied up in the breakup of Conrail (as it was a former Pennsylvania RR property) when Conrail was split between CSX and Norfolk Southern, who eventually acquired the property.  In  2002 and 2003, The Ohio to Erie Trail Fund and RTWC tried to acquire this stretch of abandoned rail bed from Norfolk Southern, but to no avail. Efforts continued and the purchase was finally official on October 30, 2009.  It took 7 more years of continued concerted efforts to reach this special moment of celebration!  All in all, it has been over 25 years in the making. Now we prepare for the next phase. 

As we look forward to the future, we never cease to appreciate your interest and your support.  Thank you!  

Adding Info Along the Way  
Perchance someone doesn't know 
New very important signs have arrived and are ready to be installed.  Thank you for your common courtesies as your enjoy the trails!

On the County Line Trail
We received this photo of a very unique pedal car.  Can anyone tell us more about it?

Update from the Norwayne HPAC
NHS HPAC is excited to finally release the much-anticipated app, and hopes it will be a perpetual, innovative, and interactive aspect of the County Line Trail experience for years to come. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your device and download the County Line Trail App today! All aboard!!!
For Apple/iOS devices:  
County Line Trail in the
Apple App Store.

For Android/Google/Samsung devices: Search County Line Trail in the Google Play Store.
Please feel free to contact the Norwayne HPAC directly with any questions, comments, or concerns. They also welcome all constructive criticism to help refine and improve the County Line Trail App!

Norwayne HPAC representatives Hannah Miller and Lance Larrison promoted the County Line Trail App at the 2016 Family Medicine Education Consortium on October 29, 2016, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This is an annual national gathering of health and medicine professionals, so the Norwayne HPAC was honored to be chosen by NEOMED to present to these distinguished attendees about their County Line Trail App project.  
Address: 350 S. Main St. // Creston, OH 44217

9th Annual Rich Dalessandro Memorial: SAT NOV 5  
5K, 2-Mile Run/Walk & 25/50 Bike Ride

This race was founded by the Dalessandro family in memory of their son and brother, Rich Dalessandro, who passed away after a strong battle with leukemia.  The race runs through the village of Dalton, Rich's hometown. Proceeds are split between the Leukemia and Lymphoma Societies to help fund research and local families battling leukemia.   The bike ride includes SAG and rider support.


Let's Talk Trails 
The Heartland Trail, Mile #1
Tom Moffitt
"This really is a tremendous day!" said Tom Moffitt, President of the Ohio to Erie Trail Board. "The Heartland Trail will fill a huge gap in the most significant trail in Ohio." The Ohio to Erie Trail will ultimately provide bike trails, with no road riding, from the Ohio River to Lake Erie. Moffitt's enthusiasm for the official opening of The Heartland Trail in Orrville was matched by everyone in attendance at the official Ribbon Cutting on Friday, October 14, at the new trailhead "Orrville is now officially a Trail Town!" cheered Moffitt.
Also making celebratory comments and sharing information with the crowd were Don Noble II, President of the Rails-to-Trails of Wayne County Board of Directors, Mayor DaveHandwerk, and RTWC Board Member and Trail Manager, Becky Jewell.

"Every long journey takes a first step," said Noble. "This is a big first step for The Heartland Trail." Noble has seen two other trails come to fruition in Wayne County during his tenure on the board, the Sippo Valley Trail (Dalton to the Stark County Line) and the County Line Trail (Rittman to Creston.) "The next three phases of this trail will take us to Clinton, where
Mayor Dave Handwerk and Don Noble II 
it will connect to the Towpath Trail," said Noble. "As we continue to develop toward the north, we will also be studying our options to build to the south, ultimately connecting to the Holmes County Trail."
Mayor Handwerk gave kudos to everyone involved and was eager to point out the excellent location of the trail, which links our three primary business districts, is adjacent to Orr Park, and is close to our school campus. "It's a Grand Slam!" he said.
Jewell graciously thanked a long list of donors, partners and contractors. In particular she shared her gratitude to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for the $416,831 grant which helped fund the first mile. She also recognized the Orrville High School Health Professions Affinity Community (HPAC) students who were present for the Ribbon Cutting. HPAC students have planted trees and are providing bike racks, benches and a bicycle repair station for the trail.
As Noble said, "Our passion is to re-purpose abandoned rail beds, making them into long skinny parks for people of all ages to enjoy." As the ribbon was cut by Noble, Handwerk and Jewell, the crowd joyously applauded officially becoming a Trail Town.
Don Noble II, Becky Jewell, and Mayor Handwerk cut the ribbon as primary partners look on. 
Map of Mile #1

The black line shows the path of the 1st mile of the Heartland Trail.
This is a cut out section of the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce's Discover Orrville map. (The numbers indicate sponsor ads on the map, which are not included in this cut out.)
Start at the bottom, on W. Market Street. This is where the trailhead and new restroom facility are located, right next to the Orrville Historical Museum and the Railroad Historic Depot.
You will cross Market and ride a short distance past the Smith Orr Homestead, then turning right onto Sterling Avenue. There are bike path signs to help direct you. Sterling crosses Church Street and High Street. There are stop signs at both.
After crossing High Street, near the Salvation Army building and Treasures & Time Distinctive Jewelry, you will see the asphalt trail heading north, passing the dog park and on into the woods. There are two bridges you will cross before coming out of the wooded section into a clearing along N. Vine Street.
Stop at Mineral Springs, cross Vine Street, then cross Mineral Springs. The trail then turns right and curves up to N. Main Street, where the sidewalk has been widened.
Continue heading north (left) to the traffic light, past Serpentini Chevrolet and Goodwill. Cross Hostetler Road (at Taco Bell) and cross N. Main St. (Route 57).
Turn left and ride past National Pattern, immediately turning right at the Portico Plaza, using the alley ahead to pass between the two buildings. Next you will turn left to head to Allen Avenue.
There is a section of the sidewalk, along the Quality Castings parking lot, which is yet to be widened.
There will also be curb changes and signs installed at the traffic light. The next phase of the trail will be to go from Allen Avenue to the Orrville Industrial Park and Forrer Road. Future construction will go from Forrer Road to Marshallville, then ultimately to Clinton.

In case you missed it the first time
to watch the slide show of
our successful work day on the

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

L-R: Front: Ellen McAllister, Maya Hamsher, Emerson Hamsher
Row 2:-Regan Seifried, Alyssa Plumley, Ashle Stiffler, Josh Squirrell, & Mac Fuhrer. Row 3: Ethan Wert, Tyler McFarren,
Eric Fuhrer, and Evan Warner 
Since 2013, the Orrville High School Health HPAC students have been dedicating their projects to the Heartland Trail.

They have planted flowers and trees, made and installed bluebird houses, and added benches, all in proximity of the pond along the trail.

They also purchased bike racks for the trail head and near the Sterling Avenue entrance near the dog park, and bike fix-it station which will be installed near the trailhead. They have also purchased concrete benches which they will install along the trail.

In addition, the OHS HPAC is working with local artist Kristin Lorson in developing a mural for the east side of the new facility.

Thank you to the OHS HPAC!  We look forward to working with you in the future. 

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  waynerailtotrails@gmail.com    

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