Towpath Trail

Prairie Grass Trail


As trail-builiding expanded the cross-state Ohio-to-Erie Trail, it created new sections that sometimes swallowed up older, smaller trails. Such was the fate of the Cedarville Trail, which was extended eastward through South Charleston to London and christened the 'Prairie Grass Trail.' [Scroll past 'Specs & Facts' to continue reading.]

London, OH
London, OH

Latest Update: 9/16/17 by OB - Closing the Gap in London

Groundbreaking took place earlier this month for trail construction that will close about .3-miles of this gap.

The construction will extend the trail on the eastside of London -- the Roberts Pass Trail -- west to S. Walnut Street. When construction has been completed, a .9-mile gap will remain between trail sections.


Closing the Gap in London - 3/5/17 by OB

The land has been purchased to close part of the gap in the trail and clearing of the trail corridor has begun. But your help is needed to finish this project. Learn more...

Grant Sought to Close Trail Gap - 1/31/17 by OB

Plans are moving forward to close the 1-mile gap between the Prairie Grass and Roberts Pass Trails in London, OH. An agreement has been reached with a property owner to purchase a 5-acre parcel of land which would allow the trail connection to be made.

To pay for the land, Madison Soil and Water Conservation District is applying for a Clean Ohio Trail Grant through ODNR. If approved, the grant could cover up to 75% of the $131,800 property cost.

Weather Delays Extend Trail Closing - 8/20/16 by OB

From madison-press.com, "Yellow caution tape crosses the Prairie Grass bike path at Roberts Road as a warning. The path has been undergoing a crack fill and seal coat process for several day, which was delayed due to bad weather. It will re-open by middle of next week."

Trail Closure Coming Near London - 8/9/16 by OB

From fmcpt.com, "Ohio to Erie Trail users: please note that sections of the Prairie Grass Trail in Madison County will be closed during August 15-17 for seal-coating the asphalt.

"If you choose to ride this section west of London during this time period, you may have to detour around the closed sections by taking a connecting road to U.S. 42 and bypass the closed sections. This will give you a change in scenery but still allow you to get to your destination.

A different seal-coating project is planned for the Madison County Senior Citizen Center parking lot during August 18-21. This means the Prairie Grass Trailhead may not be able to be accessed via motor vehicles during this time period.

"However, if your plans include driving to London to get on the trail, please consider the Roberts Pass Trailhead parking lot off Center Street on the east side of London. Or, there are various business parking lots along the Business Street Route across London."

Trailside Campsites Coming to London - 3/24/16 by OB

Brush is being cleared from an area near the shelterhouse at the Prairie Grass Trailhead in London, OH. The clearing is to establish 2 campsites for traveling cyclists along the Ohio-to-Erie Trail as they pass through London.

Directions Needed to Nearby Colleges - 9/29/14 by Shahid Raki

I would like to suggest that a directional arrow/indicator be placed on bikeway/trail signs that are near a college/university. I recently rode from Xenia to Cedarville and noticed that none of the signs indicated which direction to take to any of the colleges/universities from the intersection of the bikeway and local roadway.

We have such institutions as Antioch, Central State, and Wilberforce in Greene County, Cedarville in Clark or Greene, and Sinclair Community College and University of Dayton in Montgomery county. I rode out of my way in trying to get to Cedarville, but I got to where I needed to safely otherwise.

Trail Specs & Facts:

Location: Greene, Clark & Madison Counties

Class: A1++

Length: 30.4 miles / asphalt (includes 1.8mi road routes)

Condition: Good

Facilities: In / near the towns along the route.

Parking: S. Charleston Trailhead (See trail map for more options.)

Worth Noting: Expect plenty of sun exposure on sunny days.

Map: Prairie Grass Trail

Elevation: West to east

More Trails in this Region: SW OH Trails List

The Prairie Grass now refers to a 30-mile bikeway that extends from Xenia eastward to London, Ohio. After a short gap in the trail, a 6.6-mile section dubbed Roberts Pass carries on toward Columbus, OH.

S. Charleston, OH
S. Charleston, OH Trailhead

The Prairie Grass Trail is one of 5 trail sections that converge in Xenia, Ohio at the Xenia Station. To learn more about this unique trail junction, visit the Xenia Station page.

This trail, along with the Little Miami Scenic Trail (which also connects to Xenia station), combine for 89-miles of the Ohio-to-Erie Trail route in SW OH.

The Cedarville section is a rural trail that was paved in 1998. There are a couple of dips and small undulations along this bikeway -- hardly enough to be called hills, but a bit of a departure from ultra flat rail-trails. There are also two wooden viewing platforms that overlook a small ravine on either side of the trail.

As you approach the heart of Xenia, a Xenia Station sign lets you know you are nearing the largest intersection of paved bikeways in the state of Ohio.

The trail comes to an end at Hill and Detroit Streets (Rt. 68) in Xenia. From here a widened sidewalk guides you through 2 crosswalks before you reach trail again on the edge of the Xenia Station grounds.

Typically crossroads along the bikeway are marked with street signs. And where the trail encounters these crossroads, the path has been designed to be perpendicular by curving to meet roads at right angles. This increases safety at these junctions by giving cyclists a better view of oncoming traffic. It also adds small curves to the pathway, giving the trail more character.

Midway Street
Trail End - London, OH

Where the trail currently ends at Midway Street in London, a signed bike route leads riders to the next section of completed trail about 1.5 miles away.

Plans are in the works to reduce this gap to Roberts Pass, on London's eastside. Update: 9/16/17 Groundbreaking took place earlier this month for trail construction that will close about .3-miles of this gap.

The construction will extend the trail on the eastside of London -- the Roberts Pass Trail -- west to S. Walnut Street. When construction has been completed, a .9-mile gap will remain in the trail.

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