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Where to ride: Bike trails in Columbus, Ohio
One of the great things about Columbus is the variety of bike trails available to its residents. No matter what side of town you live on, there are places that you can go for some great bikes rides. Each trail is different and has much to offer those who venture out on them.
Here are a few trails available in the Columbus area worth checking out:
Battelle Darby Metro Park
Battelle Darby Metro Park has the Darby Creek Greenway Trail that offers a variety of scenery and is ADA accessible. This is a 4-mile gravel trail that you can access from Georgesville-Wrightsville Road. You will go through fields and woods while traveling on this trail. Since some of the areas are wide open, make sure you bring water and use sunscreen as you will get a lot of sun exposure during the summer months on this trail.
The park is open until 10 p.m., but this trail is one that you will want to do during daylight hours.
Heritage Rails to Trails
The Heritage Rails Trail is a paved trail that begins in Old Hilliard and ends at Cemetery Pike Road near Plain City. It is a 7-mile multi-purpose trail that you can go out and back on. The trail starts near a pond and will bring you along the back of some subdivisions and school ball fields. It then brings you past Homestead Park and on to Heritage Trail Metro Park. The trail then goes past some fielded areas before reaching the end for the turnaround. It is a busy trail, especially on the weekends and riders do need to exercise some trail etiquette.
The areas where there are open fields can be challenging especially if it is a windy day and is certain to give you a good workout.
Olentangy Greenway Trail
The Olentangy Greenway Tail is 18.4 miles in length and begins at Worthington Hills Park and ends at Confluence Park in Downtown Columbus. This is a wonderfully scenic trail that will take you on a tour through Worthington, Columbus, and the OSU area. The surface is paved and there are further plans to add another two miles to this trail that will connect it to Highbanks Metro Park. This is a great trail to take earlier in the day.
The I-670 Trail is a 3.5-mile trail that parallels the I-670 freeway. It goes east to west and travels between downtown and the Alum Creek Trail. It begins at Cleveland Avenue/Fort Hays school campus and ends at Nelson Road where it connects to the Alum Creek Trail. You can access the trail from many of the streets and parks along the route and is a great trail to take in the morning or early afternoon.
There are many bike trails in Columbus to explore. Whether you are looking for a short or long trip, there are plenty of options regardless what part of town you live in. All you need to do is get your bike ready and decide which one to take.
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