Rails-to-Trails of Wayne County is currently focused on the completion of The Heartland Trail from Orrville to Clinton.We are proud to say that The Heartland Trail is receiving state and nationwide 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 recently announced 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.Our goal is to complete this trail, thereby making Orrville and Marshallville true trail towns, not only to expand health and wellness options, but also to grow outdoor tourism.Our timing is perfect and our location is excellent!
Will you help us 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.Another ¼ mile section inside of Orrville is being bid on September 20.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 these 3.65 miles of beautiful paved trail for walking, biking and horseback riding.Today the typical cost for building one mile of paved trail is $500,000.
As impressive as this is, we have more work ahead of us. We are anxious to begin engineering the finalconnector from Allen Avenue, around the Orrville Industrial Park, and on to Forrer Road.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!Trails bring users who spend money in communities along the way.People using trails reap health benefits as trails connect more people to the opportunity to actively enjoy a beautiful and safe outdoor environment. As we make more connectors a reality, we grow closer to literally putting Wayne County on the map.