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Let's Close the Gap!

This project is critical to our continued momentum to build the Heartland Trail from Orrville to Clinton.


CLOSE THE GAP! Connect Orrville to Marshallville

Rails-to-Trails of Wayne County is currently focused on connecting Orrville to Marshallville. We are anxious to begin acquisition, engineering and building the1.6 mile connector from Allen Drive, around the Orrville Industrial Park, and on to Forrer Road.

Let's keep the momentum going! We completed the first mile in Orrville in 2016. The 2.4 miles from Forrer Road to Marshallville was dedicated on September 23 of this year. Another 1/3 mile section inside of Orrville from Main Street to Allen Drive is now completed.

Funds we received from donors like you have allowed us to thus far leverage $1.9 million in government and foundation grants to purchase and develop 4 miles of beautiful paved trail for walking, biking and horseback riding. When that is completed, we will begin putting all of our efforts into heading north out of Marshallville to connect with Clinton, directly linking Wayne County to the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath! Our timing is perfect and our location is excellent!

We are proud to say that The Heartland Trail is receiving state and national attention among trail system initiatives. The Ohio-to-Erie Trail, which stretches across the state connecting many trails from the Ohio River in Cincinnati to Lake Erie in Cleveland, has gained international attention.The Heartland Trail is a critical missing link. The recently announced planned route of the Great American Rail Trail, from the Atlantic coast in Washington DC to the Pacific coast in the state of Washington, includes The Heartland Trail.

in 2020, Rails-to-Trails of Wayne County will celebrate its 25th Aniversary. Help us kick off the next 25 years by Closing the Gap!