Sometimes the only way to find out the latest trail info -- such as the status of a closed trail section -- is to go straight to the source, the trail managers or overseers. Here are some tips on obtaining contact info to reach them or their web sites:
Trail Signs & Kiosks
Some bikeways post emergency and maintenance information and phone numbers on their trail signs or kiosks. Take a minute to jot down these numbers and carry them with you. You'll have them handy in the event you need them on the trail, or want to report a problem later.
The maintenance crew should be able to refer you to the trail manager as well.
Starting From Scratch
If you know the region where the trail is located, try the ODOT Regional Bikeways list. ODOT catalogues contact information along with a list of Ohio bikeways. Clicking on the link above will land you on their Bikeway Map page. Select (click) a region, then scroll down the region page to view the list.
To search by region or trail name, try our Regional Trail list if you're seeking the homepage for a specific trail. If one is available, it is usually the trail name link. Other useful links are listed underneath.
You can always try an Ohio Trail book at your local library or bike shop, though the contact info may be dated.
Phoning the city, county or village offices where the trail resides should reveal a contact, though you may get passed around a bit before you find the right person or department.
You can also try a web search. New Ohio trail info comes online periodically, so you may find it before we do! Don't simply search by trail name. Look for Parks & Recreation Pages, leisure activities, things to do, et cetera, that pertain to the village, township, city or county where the trail is located.
If you are reporting a trail problem or hazard, please take a few minutes to share your experience and help warn / inform other trail users.
Multiple Trail Managers
Keep in mind that jurisdiction often plays an important role. If a bikeway is long enough, managerial duties may pass between county, city or township offices. So if you want to report a hazard you observed on the trail, you'll want to find the right overseer for that particular section. Generally, if you manage to reach any of the involved parties, they will direct you to the appropriate person(s).
Help Out Your Local Trail
Did you know that many Ohio trails utilize volunteers? You might consider contacting your local trail managers to learn if they could use a helping hand!