Another year on the trails has quickly passed us by.  It has been a great year for us with many bright spots .
We look ahead to 2017 with high anticipations as our calendar, our challenges and our celebrations are ready to kick into high gear.


Important Update regarding the 2017 C&O/GAP ride, scheduled for
Sept. 16 - 24.

Registration has been slower than usual, so we are extending the deadline to January 28.  However, a minimum of 8 riders is required. Plans will be cancelled if there are not 8 signed up by 1/28.

There is a gentleman who has registered and is seeking a roommate.  To inquire further, please email Keith Workman HERE.

You can read the complete information in the article below.

The people who have enjoyed this adventure in previous years would tell you it is a wonderful experience.  Riders have been of various levels of ability and age.  You will have the entire summer for light training time. We urge you to consider signing up for this opportunity now!
This is the 5 th year RTWC has offered this 9-day (8 days of biking) fundraising bike tour on the C&O Canal Towpath and the Great Allegheny Passage rail trail from
Washington, DC to Pittsburgh, PA
Cost: Includes transportation from Orrville, Ohio and back again, luggage transport, 8 nights of indoor lodging and 8 breakfasts: $880 each for two people in a room. Other meals are your expense.  You will need to arrange for a bicycling roomate.

Average 40-50 miles a day of bicycling
Degree of difficulty - "moderate" 
Lodging -  5 hotels and 3 Bed & Breakfasts 
Departure Saturday morning, Return Sunday evening.
The longest day will be 60 miles but the hardest day, likely will be the uphill from Cumberland, 22 miles to the Big Savage Tunnel. If you feel you cannot do that, there is an option to take the scenic railroad (your bike in the baggage car) for 16 of the 22 miles. Cost is about $45 extra and you make your own reservations for the train. After that, it is 6 miles to the tunnel and 10 miles down the other side to the night's lodging. The grade is actually only 1.2% (about like the climb from Alabama Ave, going west on the Sippo Trail) but for 22 miles.

The trip is limited to 12 people (8 MINIMUM) and the bikes need to be "normal" two wheeled bicycles
The trailer will not accommodate 3 wheeled bicycles. Recumbent bicycles are subject to "try out" on the trailer.

The amenities at the B&B's vary, so those booking early will receive the better accommodations. Not all B&B's offer two beds in a room. Most hotels offer either a king or two queens beds.

For questions or more information, call Keith Workman at (330) 466-5149 or email   

To book the trip, CLICK HERE   to make the online non-refundable deposit of $200 per person  BEFORE January 28, 2017.

The second payment of $340 (per person) is due Feb 28 and the third payment of $340 (per person) by April 30. Lodging is very limited, so we need to book early to be sure of accommodations.
This is why our deadline for reservations is early in the year.    

Special Holiday Gifts
for People Like Us 
What Did You Receive?
If you are a trail enthusiast in any way, people may tend to select gifts for you that will make your outings all the better.  Gear, clothing, accessories are often popular.  

Maybe you gave a child their first bike or their first bike with gears.  Helmets are always a great gift.

We're hoping we can share some of the cool things our readers received in a special section of our February newsletter.

Or perhaps you have a special memory of a gift that inspired you to be outside.

Will you please tell us what you received, or maybe what your gift was for someone else?  Sending a photo would be really terrific!

EMAIL HERE to share your trail-user related gift story! 

Let's Talk Trails 
With Gratitude from Us to You!
Enjoy this photo sampler from the past three years as a thank you to everyone who has been a part of Rails-to-Trails of Wayne County.

Solar Field Project
North of Marshallville is Underway

American Municipal Power, Inc. Site
This is an aerial view of the solar field.   The light line to the right is the road vehicles use to drive to the field.   In the right middle of the photo you can see the treeline of the abandoned railway, the curve in the future Heartland Trail, which is east of the solar field.

The Village of Marshallville and MPI have been working with RTWC regarding entrances and shared use of one section of the trail.
The Wooster Weekly News/Wayne Bargain Hunter featured this story in their December 17 issue.  You can read about it HERE.

Keith Workman Builds Support "Spider"
for Orrville Trailhead Kiosk

  When plans were being developed for Orrville's Trailhead and information kiosk, Keith Workman reminded Rails-to-Trails Board members that he had already built a "spider" support structure for a future kiosk. This piece of welded steel supports the roof of the information kiosks that we see in the nearby National Parks.

Three information panels can then be mounted under the roof. In Orrville, one panel will share the story of early Orrville history and the railroads. A second side will have current maps of Wayne County rail-trails. The  third will provide space for local information, announcements and current events.

Thank you, Keith, for this wonderful contribution of your expertise to enhance our local rail-trails!


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