Trails and greenways create healthy recreation and alternative transportation opportunities by providing people of all ages with attractive, safe, accessible places to bike, walk, hike, jog, or ski. These opportunities make it easier for people to engage in physical activity and support an active lifestyle that improves fitness and mental health. Trails and greenways provide a network linking parks, neighborhoods, schools, and other destinations and lead people to diverse plant and animal habitats like wetlands and forests, and historic places.
In addition to the 12.5 miles of gravel hiking trails within our parks, Preservation Parks maintains a trail in Sunbury (the Big Walnut Community Trail), and two segments of the Ohio to Erie Trail – a 300-mile multi-use trail that, when complete, will span the state of Ohio from Cincinnati to Cleveland. Preservation Parks maintains a 1.6-mile segment of the trail near Galena (Hoover Scenic Trail) and another 1.6-mile segment at the east end of the county near Meredith State Road (scheduled for construction in 2015). We will continue to work with other organizations to create a network of multi-use trails in Delaware County.
Click on the following links for information on Preservation Parks trails, the Delaware County Friends of the Trail, and the Ohio to Erie Trail.