Ohio to Erie Trail
A Bikepacking Adventure…
Known as Route 1 in Ohio, the Ohio to Erie Trail (OTET), will lead any adventurous individual from Cincinnati, at the symbolic landmark of the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, and will guide you northward to the sandy shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland.
Edward Franklin Honton was the founder of the Ohio to Erie Trail (OTET), and became the first president of its non-profit organization. It was his vision in 1991 to have a recreational path from Cincinnati to Cleveland mostly using former railroad and canal corridors. Through Ed’s dedication and hard work, the Ohio to Erie Trail became a reality.
This 326 mile trail passes through rural areas, nature preserves, Amish heritage areas and regional parks. The OTET is a collection of multi-use trails for the hiker, bicyclist, equestrian, runner and walker as it weaves its way across the state. As of 2019, approximately 280 miles of the 326 total mileage are off road. There are portions of the OTET that remain on rural country back roads…mainly through the beautiful and hilly Holmes County.
The trail is divided into four sections…
- Northern Section: Cleveland to Massillon
- Heart of Ohio: Massillon to Mount Vernon
- Central Ohio: Mount Vernon to London
- Southern Section: London to Cincinnati
Come along with me as I share my Ohio to Erie Trail journey…