With the summer humidity starting to (slowly) fade, a lengthy bike ride in Ohio can truly be a breath of fresh air again—and with autumn on the horizon, our bikeways will soon showcase Ohio at its most scenic time of the year. The following are what we consider to be the most beautiful bike paths in Ohio, and the perfect way to take in the stunning fall foliage that’s on its way.
1. Ohio to Erie Trail (Cleveland)
For advanced bikers and mountain bikers, this is one of the ultimate bike paths to travel. Spanning from Cleveland to Cincinnati, this lengthy trail stretches for a total of 262 miles.
2. Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail (New Philadelphia)
Spanning south to north, from Tuscawaras County to Cuyahoga County and Lake Erie, this 101-mile long bike trail follows the path of the Ohio & Erie Canal built in the 1800s.
3. Olentangy River Greenway (Columbus)
In Franklin County, this 15-mile long bike path stretches from downtown Columbus to Worthington. This particular trail is good for both beginners and advanced bikers. The path goes along the Olentangy River and through the Park of Roses in Clintonville.
4. Little Miami Scenic Trail (Springfield)
Also known as the Loveland Bike Trail or the Rails to Trails Bike Path, this lovely bike path stretches from Clark County all the way to Milford in Warren County and is approximately 78 miles long.
5. Heritage Rail Trail (Hilliard)
Ideal for beginners, this seven-mile long trail passes through a picturesque public park.
6. Hockhocking Adena Bikeway (Athens)
This undeniably beautiful bike path stretches for approximately 20 miles from Athens to Nelsonville along the Hocking River. It passes through Hocking College and Ohio University’s scenic campus, as well as Wayne National Forest.
7. Buckeye Trail (Mentor)
For a scenic, long distance bike trail, advanced bikers can view up to 1,200 miles of our beautiful state.
8. Simon Kenton Bike Trail (Champaign)
Paved with asphalt ten feet wide, this trail is perfect for cycling families and is approximately 16.6 miles in length.
9. Caesar Creek State Park Bike Trail (Waynesville)
This scenic route features approximately 10 miles of both rugged and flat terrain.
10. Tri-County Triangle Trail (Washington Courthouse)
Linking the cities of Washington Courthouse, Frankfort and Chillicothe together, this 35-mile bike path stretches through Fayette, Ross and Highland County. Along the way, the trail features a former railroad corridor, rural scenery, various earthworks and burial mounds and the Hopewell Culture National Historic Park.
11. Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail (Lisbon)
At approximately 11 miles long, this beautiful trail is mostly shady and cool along the way.
12. Walbash Canonball Trail (Monclova)
This gorgeous trail is ideal for a cyclist who desires a smooth ride with beautiful scenery. The path is 63 miles long with a 12 ft. wide surface of asphalt. You will also cross dirt terrain and bridges along the way. Most of this trail is not shady, so be sure to wear sunscreen or go on a cloudy day.
13. Zoar Valley Trail (Dover)
This historic trail features 20 miles of paved asphalt terrain.
Have you been on any of these bike paths before? What other scenic bike paths are there in Ohio that you think should be on this list? Share your experiences and photos with us in the comments below!