Ready for the August 27 Marshallville Historical Days Parade


Congratulations to RTWC  Board Member
Tom Bahl


The Ohio Horseman's Council recently named Wooster Resident Tom Bahl its 2017 "Gibby" award winner for contributions to the building, maintenance and preservation of bridle trails in Ohio.

Bahl, a long-time member of the Wayne County Chapter of OHC, received the coveted award for his countless hours and years of support in the maintenance and ongoing improvements to horse trails at the historic Malabar Farm State Park in Lucas and Mohican Memorial State Forest in Loudonville. The award was presented before a large crowd of fellow OHC members, family and representatives from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources at a ceremony held at Barkcamp State Park in Belmont County.    You can read more about this award HERE.

Tom has served on the RTWC Board since 2009 and brings a great perspective for the equestrians who enjoy our trails.   His experience and dedication are greatly appreciated. 

Have you been curious about what it would be like to ride the Ohio To Erie Trail  
from the Ohio River to Lake Erie?  RTWC Board Member Keith Workman did just that in August,  
not only because he wanted the experience, but also because he is considering  
offering this as a group ride next year. Here is his report.


In 1993, the Ohio To Erie Trail Fund published a plan to build "the ultimate off-road trail' across Ohio, by connecting existing bike paths, using rail-trails, canal towpaths, and greenways. While the suggested route has changed and continues to change, much of the current route has signage. This past spring, a second generation of the map was published and is available for $15 plus shipping, from the Ohio To Erie Trail

Last year, I decided that in 2017 I would ride the trail end to end. I invited my br  other-in-law, Dale Buchwalter, to join me in the exploration. On Saturday, August 12, my wife drove us to Cincinnati and dropped us off with bikes near the ball park on the Ohio River. I had hotel reservations made for each night. We were traveling self-contained, carrying several changes of clothes and a rain coat.

The riverfront in Cincinnati is beautiful and very active on weekends. Because of limited locations to get hotel lodging, everything was planned around our accommodations. We rode 11 miles to our first night's hotel in Mariemont, a suburb of Cincinnati.

Although it was mid-August, the weather was beautiful, with much of the ride on rail-trails with tree cover. The temperature was cooler than on roads. The route is not completely off-road yet. Trails make up 80% and 20% is still on roads, though they are mostly low traffic roads or bike lanes. It was 325 miles for the total trip.

Our daily mileage was 42 to 47 miles, except for the first and last days, which were less. It was 8 nights and 9 days. The two long road sections are 1) Galena (north of Columbus) to south of Centerburg and 2) Fredericksburg to Dalton. The longest trail sections are: 1) The Little Miami Trail and 2) the Canal Towpath from Massillon to Cleveland. The newest trail sections are: 1) The Camp Chase Trail (which shares a seldom used but still active rail corridor) south of Columbus and 2) the not yet officially open but expected completion this month Holmes County Trail section from Brinkhaven to Glenmont.

We had hard rain for a half hour on two different days, enough to soak us. One was on the Towpath north of Massillon, which made a real mess of the bikes. Later,  after things dried off, so we could brush enough grit off the bikes to take them into our room that night without making a mess.

The route in Columbus uses the Scioto River Trail and the Alum Creek Trail, connecting them with bike lanes thru the Arena District on Nationwide Blvd. The Cleveland route from the current end of the Towpath, goes thru the Tremont and Ohio City neighborhoods and ends at Edgewater Beach Park on Lake Erie. At Edgewater Beach, there were kites flying, music playing, and food available, as people enjoyed a Sunday at the beach. 

As is the custom, we dipped our rear tires into the Ohio River  
and our front tires into Lake Erie. 

As a bonus,  we had our picture taken in front of the brand new script Cleveland sign in the upper portion of Edgewater, with downtown Cleveland in the background, when we arrived on Sunday, August  20. 

While I personally wanted to see and experience the trail, this was also a scouting trip to see if RTWC could offer it as a fundraising trip in 2018. I plan to continue to work on that possibility. It would be a week and two weekends, like the C&O and GAP Trip was. It would be limited to 12 people and would include transportation for you and your bike from Orrville and back, and include daily luggage shuttle, lodging and some breakfasts. Other meals would be your own expense. If you think you might have interest in this trip next summer, send an email to
Thank You to the Dalton Gazette
August 9 Issue

Reporter Christine McCune wrote an excellent article about the Wayne County Section of the Sippo Valley Trail, including up to date information and interviews of faithful users.  We appreciate the local coverage!

Industrial Heartland Trail Coalition
Building the Connectors
Rails-to-Trails of Wayne County is a member of the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition (IHTC).  Not to be confused with our own Heartland Trail project, the IHTC is working to connect shared-use trails together in parts of four states, including 48 counties, and over 1,400 miles of trail. 
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, National Parks Service, and Pennsylvania Environmental Council are also members of the Coalition along with the other trail leaders. 

Coalition members stop at one of the two new signs on the Mon River Trail near downtown Morgantown.  You can also see the Morgantown Personal Rapid Transit track above the riders. 

Becky Jewell, our Heartland Trail Manager and RTWC Board Member, recently attended the Coalition meeting in Morgantown, WV.   
The purpose of the morning session of the meeting was to gather updates on the various trails in western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, northern West Virginia and the southwestern corner of New York.  The afternoon was dedicated to exchanging ideas and problem-solving. 
The final agenda item for the day was for the attendees to jump on their bikes for a guided tour of portions of Morgantown's trails, looking at areas of recent development.   
More information about the IHTC can be found at


Let's Talk Trails 
A Message from RTWC Board President Don Noble II 

Summer over already?

Not quite yet, but with the kids back to school and the Wayne County Fair almost upon us, it sure seems like it. I hope you have been able to get out and enjoy not only our trails in Wayne County, but others both near and far. I know several of our RTWC board members have been exploring and enjoying several trails and the uniqueness each one has to offer.  Not only do they like to visit trails for the fun of it, but they always have an eye out for ideas and impressions.
I certainly enjoy experiencing trails during all the seasons of the year, but I do enjoy fall the most. The changing colors, crisp cooler air and all the aromas of fall make it a wonderful time to experience a trail, whether you are biking, walking, jogging, rollerblading or on horseback.

Speaking of trails, our friends in Holmes County have been active this summer paving the Holmes County Trail from Brinkhaven to Glenmont. It should be complete by mid-September and will be a magnificent trail. It's very scenic, but  a leisurely ride or walk may have some challenges. 

The midpoint is Baddow Pass Rd. (Twp. Rd. 75) which is the high point between Brinkhaven and Glenmont. This section use to be the steepest railroad grade in Ohio when the trains were running. It gets its name because there were many a train accident on either side of the pass and locals started calling it that "bad old pass". When I was a kid, my father would take my brother and me out to see the aftermath and explore a few of these mishaps.  I encourage you to check it out this fall as it will be a beautiful trail. It is my understanding the last remaining section of the Holmes County Trail from Glenmont to Killbuck, will be completed in 2019.

Please stop by and say "Hi!" at our booth at the Wayne County Fair, Sept. 9-14. We are located just east of the grandstand. If you are already a member, pick up a few brochures and give them to your friends and family and encourage them to become members. If you are not a member, please consider supporting RTWC by becoming a member through our website or by completing the membership application on our brochure.

Our RTWC board members are continually hard at work  with various tasks regarding the trails. Each member has spent many hours planning, writing, meeting, clearing and even working in the mud on our Wayne County trails. They are a very dedicated team, and I am grateful for their commitment to offering their skills and expertise for the improvement and future expansion of the trails. We have a great board, functioning as a well developed team, and I want you to know how much I appreciate them and our collective efforts.

See you out on the trails!
Work Day at The Rockies Planned for Fall
Geologist Ed Mack continues plans for a workday in September or October. Earlier scheduled dates were scrapped due to mosquitoes and deer flies. If you would like to help, you can be added to Ed's information alert list by sending him an email at 
You can read more about this project  HERE

Rails-to-Trails of Wayne County Board Members
President: Don Noble II, Shreve   
Vice President: Ted Short, Wooster 
Secretary:  Katie VanZile, Marshallville
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