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By Lynda Warner

The Lake County Greenway Corridor is presently 4.4 miles of paved bike/hike/rollerblade trailómost of it a former railroad bed--with a few breaks at street crossings. There are three good points of entry with parking lots, two porta-potty rest stops, and a water source along the way.

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Photo by Lynda Warner

It is a gentle up-hill climb if riding from north to south; pleasant coasting most of the way from south to north. The surface consists of asphalt that apparently has chunks of iron throughout which became rusted, giving the trail an all-over design with squiggly brown spots. Very different effect, but itís smooth and in excellent condition.

The northern section of the trail, from Jackson Street to Liberty, is through the city of Painesville, with about six road crossings. The one at Liberty can be pretty heavy with traffic during peak times, but there is a traffic light. From this point south it is smooth, straight sailing, with a couple of small country road crossings and an impressive bridge over Interstate 90.

I believe that the future plan is to connect this bike trail with Geauga Countyís 12.5 mile Maple Highlands Trail. At present, however, there is a good-sized gap between the two, but it can be navigated without much trouble. Where the Greenway Corridor ends on Ravenna Road, simply continue south along Ravenna (approximately .8 mile), then turn right (west) at the intersection of Girdled Road. After about 1.2 miles on Girdled, you will see the Maple Highlands Trail, which you can take to the left (south) to head into Chardon.

If you navigate the town of Chardon, the Maple Highlands Trail continues south to S. State Road at Headwaters Park in Claridon.

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Photos by Lynda Warner

Trail Specs:

Class: A2+

Length: 4.4 miles / asphalt

Condition: Excellent

Facilities: Water at Concord Hambden Rd, Portable Toilets near Rt. 84 (Johnny Cake Ridge Rd) & the I-90 bridge.

Food: N/A

Parking: Lots are at Washington and Liberty Street in Painesville and on Ravenna Road, about a mile north of Girdled Road in Chardon.

Maple-Highlands Concord I-90 Painesville
(6.4mi) 4.4mi 3.3mi 0mi
Trail Route

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