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Rails to Trails of Wayne County, Ohio

 

What We Do

Rails-to-Trails of Wayne County is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, development, and conversion of unused railroad and greenway corridors into multi-purpose, non-motorized, public paths. We are comprised of local volunteers with the common interests for enjoying trails in many different forms including bicycling, walking, running, roller-blading, and horseback riding. We promote and inspire movement!

 

Celebrate Trails Day - April 23, 2022

People across the country will join in celebrating America’s amazing rail-trails on Saturday, April 23. An annual event promoted by the national Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, headquartered in Washington DC. Celebrate Trails Day is the perfect springtime way to take advantage of Wayne County’s trails for walking and biking.

There are three trails in Wayne County for you to enjoy on April 23 or anytime, 365 days a year: The Sippo Valley Trail, The County Line Trail, and the Heartland Trail.

The Sippo Valley Trail starts in Dalton at the Village Green Park on S. Freet Street. Head north on Freet Street and cross Main and Schultz Streets. After you pass the dumpsters on the left, you will see the trail on your right. The trail continues 3 miles to West Lebanon Road and Deerfield Road, where it crosses into Stark County and continues on to Massillon for 7 miles where it connects with the towpath trail.

The County Line Trail, 6.75 miles, stretches from Rittman to Creston. Parking is available in Rittman on Ohio Avenue, in Sterling on Kauffman Avenue at the historic depot, and in Creston at Brooklyn Avenue near the police station.

The Heartland Trail is currently in two sections. In Orrville it begins on Depot Street near the historic railroad depot, then heads one block west on Market St, turns at Sterling, crosses High, then passes the dog park and continues to Main Street at Hostetler Road. In Marshallville there is 2.4 miles of paved trail. There is parking at Forrer Road and at Euclid Street behind Marshallville Meats. RTWC is currently focused on a “Close the Gap” campaign to connect from Forrer Road to Orrville.

You may see RTWC Board members on the trails, ready to greet you, answer your questions, or take your picture. We also encourage you to take photos and send them to us at waynerailstotrails@gmail.com

 

CLOSE THE GAP!

We're actively raising funds to complete the trail between Allen Drive and Forrer Road. close the gap Find out how you can help: Close the Gap!

 

Affiliated Agencies

  1. We are affiliated regionally and nationally with Rails to Trails Conservancy. RTC provides incentives and especially networking opportunities through regional and national programs. No funds from RTC come back to local construction efforts. Rails to Trails Conservancy

  2. Ohio Greenways Inc. is a non-profit that has developed statewide trail and public corridor plans along major waterways and abandoned canal towpaths and railroad right-of-ways. Again, Ohio Greenways provides incentives and sometimes special studies for state-wide trails, but does not fund local design and construction efforts such as proposed here. The Greenway Collaborative

  3. Wayne County Commissioners have made a high commitment to our efforts by providing County Planning Department support personnel for developing grants, contracts, and maps as well as doing extensive research on right-of-way ownerships. Board of Commisioners

  4. The Ohio to Erie Trail (total length - 320 miles): In addition to expanding trails within Wayne County, we and our affiliated agencies aim to complete a trail link between the Ohio River at Cincinnati and Lake Erie near Cleveland. The Ohio to Erie Trail

RTWC Board Members:

President:
Don Noble II, Shreve

Vice President:
Ted Short, Wooster

Secretary:
Jennifer Reusser, Orrville

Treasurer:
Bill Gantz, Wooster

Trustees:
Susan Baker, Creston
Sue Corfman, Orrville
Pat Glessner, Sterling
Becky Jewell, Orrville
Jon Kipfer, Sterling
Kim Scarbrough, Marshallville
John Stevic, Marshallville
Paul Vance, Orrville
Keith Winkler, Sterling
Keith Workman, Orrville