Fun Biking Trails in Central Ohio
If you love biking or are just interested in taking it up, the central Ohio and Columbus area are great for biking trails. Here are eight of the most loved scenic bike trails in central Ohio.
The Scioto Trail will take you through a mix of urban and suburban areas and it is the first Greenway in Columbus. The trail stretches for 22 miles that is all paved hugging the downtown Riverfront and continuing into Grandview Heights around downtown and Franklin and winding up in the German and Marion villages. This trail is home to the very popular Scioto Mile. The Scioto Mile features 175 acres of lush parkland in Columbus that overlooks the city skyline. Another popular stop along this trail is the Scioto Audubon Metro Park.
There’s a 25-mile trail that meanders through quiet neighborhoods of central Ohio as well as containing rugged trail stretches that are great for mountain biking. A portion of the trail winds along the banks of the Columbus River and connects into several neighborhoods and commercial areas. The most popular section of the trail includes the north section stretching from Cooper Park to Easton way, the central section winding from Easton way to the Ohio Dominican University, and the south section running from Airport Drive into Three Creeks Park. This trail is a multi-use path with easy access to several area parks that allow you to take a break from a high-energy bike ride. There are several great levels of difficulty for all phases of bike riding.
This trail is 18 miles long running from Reynoldsburg into Groveport along the southeast side of the city of Columbus. This trail runs parallel to the actual Blacklick Creek in most areas. Most of the trail is paved, but there are a few sections that can get muddy, including the section that goes through Portman Park. This trail runs through many different small parks and three large regional parks as well. This trail also connects to the Alum Creek Trail and to the Foor Leisure Path heading into the residential core of Groveport.
This trail was recently renovated and includes 10 miles split into five different smaller sections in the Three Creeks Metro Park. The trail will take riders to Gahanna’s Creekside where you can stop and grab a quick bite, take in some live music, or take a swim. The new renovations connect riders into other trails allowing for even longer rides for those who are avid bike riders.
This trail runs from Columbus to London, Ohio. The trail is over 34 miles long, but the first 16 miles are the most often utilized. This is a paved multi-use trail offering some of the most amazing scenic views in the area. Not many people realize the portion of the trail that extends west out of the Battelle Darby Creek Park, it is one of Central Ohio’s hidden gems.