By Matt Simpson, Chief Park Planner
John F. Kennedy once said, “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” We’re fortunate in central Ohio to have lots of great places to experience this simple pleasure. Some favorites are the Olentangy Trail where visitors can jump on the path in Worthington and ride to Antrim Park, the Park of Roses, OSU and downtown Columbus. The Sawmill Parkway Trail links Powell to the City of Delaware and helps provide access to the Columbus Zoo, Liberty Park and numerous shopping and dining destinations nearby. And of course, there is the nationally known Ohio to Erie Trail that runs from Cincinnati to Cleveland. Here in Delaware County, the Ohio to Erie Trail offers runners, walkers and cyclists alike the opportunity to do some great bird watching at the Hoover Reservoir, get some good eats in Galena, learn about model railroading in Sunbury, and view farming in action at Meredith State Road.
For those seeking a more adventurous cycling experience, check out one of the three mountain bike trails at Alum Creek State Park. These trails encompass more than 12 miles of challenging wooded single-file riding. Or, for the beginner mountain bike rider looking to have a blast, visit the newly installed Gnomewood Skills Park, also at Alum Creek. Road cyclists also have great opportunities to explore some of the Delaware County’s scenic roads by following some alternative roadways in the U.S. Bike Route 50A, a portion of the largest cycling route in the country! U.S. Bicycle Route System
To find out more about our central Ohio trails, one great resource is the website for Central Ohio Greenways. It provides trail maps, community resources, links and lots of other great information to help you get out and ride!