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2009 Is Year Of The Trail In The Metroparks

Posted Jan 5th, 2009 by Scott Carpenter  Category: Community Interest, Toledo.com

 

For many people, trails are the Metroparks.

More people say they visit their favorite park to take advantage of the trails than any other reason, surpassing picnicking and every other use in surveys for at least the past decade.

That’s why 2009 is Year of the Trail in the Metroparks.

It makes sense that trails are so popular. They are the routes to the beautiful scenery preserved in the parks. They take you there and back. Walking a trail is a great way to mingle with people – or to get away for a while. Walking or running on a trail makes exercise feel, well, like a stroll in the park. And it’s good for your physical and emotional wellbeing.

In the Toledo area, we’re fortunate to have a variety of trails, from smooth surface all-purpose paths suitable for cycling, skating or pushing a stroller, to rugged dirt or sandy paths for getting close to nature.

Year of the Trail will involved a wide variety of activities designed to make it easier than ever to hit the trails and make the most of your Metroparks experience.

Pick Up Your Passport

Look for the Year of the Trail icon next to programs listed in the Metroparks Program Guide. These events are part of this year’s educational emphasis on trails. Then pick up your Year of the Trail Passport to keep track of the programs you’ve attended.

Bring your passport to any Year of the Trail program to be stamped. At the end of the year, turn in a passport with 10 stamps and you will be invited to a special event with food and entertainment, plus a t-shirt, all at no cost. (The event and t-shirt will be available to others for a fee depending on the number of stamps.)

Get you passport now at any Metropark or from the program leader at any Year of the Trail program. You can also sign up at MetroparksToledo.com to receive periodic Year of the Trail email newsletters, which will list related programs and provide other trail tips.

Trails In Every Metropark

From a 0.3 mile trail around a woodland pond at Secor to the 15-mile hiking trail at Oak Openings, trails are a common ingredient in every Metropark.

Trails vary in length and are marked with a color “blaze” system. Most trails loop back to where they began and some have short and long loops to choose from.

The starting point for a trail is called a trailhead. Often in the Metroparks, a trailhead will lead walkers to multiple trail options.

Trail Spotlight: Greenways

Greenway trails are longer trails that typically connect parks or other places of interest. Metroparks is the owner or managing partner of three such trails:

Learning to ride a two-wheeler on the Wabash Cannonball TrailThe University/Parks Trail is a connection between the University of Toledo and Wildwood Preserve, and continues beyond Wildwood to King Road. It is used not only recreation, but also for transportation for backpack-wearing students commuting to class.

The Wabash Cannonball Trail is the region’s newest. It has two legs, both of which begin on Jerome Road in Maumee, near the Fallen Timbers Battlefield. Both legs are paved within Lucas County: the north leg (9 miles paved) passes through Oak Openings Preserve, while the south leg (10 miles paved) branches off from the north leg and leads you through the village of Whitehouse, coming close to the Blue Creek Conservation Area. Both legs continue beyond Lucas County on abandoned railroad beds for a total of 65 miles.

The Towpath Trail takes you along an eight-mile stretch of the Maumee River, an Ohio Scenic River, from Farnsworth in Waterville to Providence near Grand Rapids. The Towpath is also a link in the 1,444-mile-long Buckeye Trail, which winds through Ohio, reaching every corner of the state.

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