Western Reserve Greenway Trail
Western Reserve Greenway Trail (Ashtabula County) webpage
Western Reserve Greenway Trail (Trumbull County) webpage
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About Western Reserve Greenway Trail
The Western Reserve Greenway is 43 miles in length, and Ashtabula County is home to 27 of the miles. The trail begins next to West Avenue, across from the ODOT garage, in Ashtabula City and then south below Orwell. From there, the trail proceeds to Champion, just north of Warren.
The Western Reserve Greenway is the former PennCentral right-of-way which was closed in April 1976. The line at one time was also known as the USRA 714 rail line. The right-of-way, which served industry then, is now set to help serve the recreational needs of Ashtabula County.
The Ashtabula County MetroParks secured a 15-year lease agreement with the current property owner, the State of Ohio. The lease, signed by Governor George Voinovich in late May 1997 and recorded in the Ashtabula County courts, authorizes construction of the Western Reserve Greenway on the Ashtabula portion of the former 714 roadbed.
From Western Reserve Greenway Trail webpage
The Trumbull County portion of the Western Reserve Greenway extends 14.65 miles from the Ashtabula County border to Champion Street East in Bloomfield, Bristol, and Champion Townships. The Greenway uses the former Penn Central 714 rail line, with a ten-feet wide paved surface for bicyclists and walkers. Running parallel to OH-45 and approximately .75-mile to the east, the Western Reserve Greenway is part of the Great Ohio Lake-to-River Greenway, planned to run from Lake Erie to the Ohio River through four Ohio counties.
Two trailheads named for 19th and early 20th-century communities provide parking, restrooms and picnic facilities. Sunside Trailhead is at OH-305 in Champion Township, and Oakfield Trailhead is at Hyde-Oakfield Road in Bristol Township.
Bicycling, walking and inline skating are the primary Greenway activities. Others include nature observation and horseback riding on non-paved surfaces. Winter activities include cross-country skiing. Several picnic tables and grills are available at trailheads. Benches are located at various spots along the Greenway. Portable restrooms are at the trailheads year round. Handicapped parking spots are available in the paved parking areas.
From Western Reserve Greenway Trail (Trumbull County) webpage
Restrooms at trailheads, portable toilets.