County Line Trail
The County Line Trail spans 6.7 miles between Creston and Rittman in Wayne County. This distance includes a .9-mile road section between trail segments along Atlantic Avenue (Twp. Hwy. 427). [Scroll past 'Specs & Facts' to continue reading.]
Latest Update: 6/17/14 by Jenni Reusser - Center Bollard Removal
As a new member of the Wayne County Rails-to-Trails board, I would like to give you an update about the County Line Trail!
All of the center bollards have been removed, with the exception of one, which will require additional equipment to smooth a concrete base to level. That will be accomplished soon as well.
Trail Specs & Facts:
Location: Wayne County, OH
Length: 6.7 miles / asphalt (includes .9 mi road route)
Condition: Very good
Facilities: Portable toilet(s) may be available.
Parking: A centrally located lot Milton Twp., OH. (See trail map for more options.)
Worth Noting: We found the road route to be bike-friendly and largely deserted.
Map: County Line Trail
Elevation: Mostly flat
More Trails in this Region: NE OH Trails List
Much of the trail runs alongside an active railroad giving pleasure to train fans young and old. The line is indeed an active one.
Trees do border the trail in several areas, yet you will be exposed on hot, sunny days along open spaces as well. But shade never seems far away, though you may have to move off the trail to take advantage.
Though the trail had no facilities (at the time of our visit) beyond parking and perhaps one portable toilet, there was a snack stand at trail's end in Rittman. Perhaps it's still there.
There is a design treatment worth noting along the trail. The trail builders incorporated bends in the bikeway at two road crossings. While this is commonplace where roads are not perpendicular to trails, the purpose here was a bit different. The pathway was taken slightly uphill in order to give trail users better sight lines at crossings. At a more elevated position, trail users can see over higher ground and view oncoming traffic, making the crossings much safer.
Originally trail builders had installed rigid center bollards along the trail, mostly near road crossings. In 2014, Jenni Reusser sent word that the center poles were being removed.
Thankfully the practice of using rigid center bollards has fallen out of favor along at least a handful of Ohio trails. That's an important shift in safety awareness that benefits all trail users.
For those unfamiliar with the hazard, read our 'Trail Bollard Hazard' blog series.