Bicycling

A healthy, earth-friendly way to travel.

Bicycling is one of the most popular and fastest growing outdoor activities in America, and the Metroparks are prime pedaling destinations. Most Metroparks have all-purpose trails, bike-pedestrian paths or bike trails. Some parks connect to regional trails for longer two-wheel adventures.

In addition, Metroparks is a participant in Bike Month each May, and partners with Maumee Valley Adventurers to sponsor two annual bike tours: The Metroparks Tour in July and the Tombstone Tour and Family Haunted Ride in October. Watch the program calendar for these other bicycling-related events.

Regional Trails

The Towpath Trail connects three Metroparks along the Maumee River: Farnsworh, Bend View and Povidence. 8 miles.

The University/Parks Trail connects the University of Toledo with Wildwood Preserve and continues to King Road in Sylvania. 6.3 miles.

The Wabash-Cannonball Trail connects Side Cut, Fallen Timbers Battlefield and Oak Openings Preserve, among other attractions. It is the region's longest off-road bike trail. North Fork: 9 miles paved; South Fork, 10 miles paved.

The Chessie Circle Trail connects North and South Toledo, numerous schools and other places of interest along a former rail line.

Mountain Biking

Northwest Ohio is not known for hills, but a singletrack trail at Oak Openings Preserve delivers thrills for mountain bike fans. The Beachridge Trail is being built by volunteers, with new sections opening as they are completed. More than half of the 11-mile trail is now open, with challenging bridges and other obstacles along the narrow, scenic path.

Bike Fixit Stations

Self-service bicycle repair stations are available in five locations in the Metroparks, courtesy of local bicycle organizations.

Each Fixit station, manufactured by Dero, includes all the tools necessary to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes and derailleurs. The tools and air pump are securely attached to the stand with stainless steel cables and tamper-proof fasteners. Hanging the bike from the hanger arms allows the pedals and wheels to spin freely while making adjustments.

Locations:

  • McCord Road parking lot at the University/Parks Trail in Sylvania
  • Silver Lake area at Side Cut Metropark in Maumee
  • Towpath trailhead at the boat launch entrance to Farnsworth in Waterville
  • Keener Road Park along the Wabash Cannonball Trail in Monclova Township
  • Fallen Timbers Battlefield

 

Bike Fixit Stations

Self-service bicycle repair stations are available in five locations across the Metroparks.
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The Perfect Biking Trail

A 64 mile bikers paradise.
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Articles Tagged in Biking

Tombstone Bicycle Tour, Oct. 22, Has New Route

Maumee Valley Adventurers and Metroparks invites you to participate in the 40th anniversary Tombstone Bicycle Tour and Family Haunted Bike Ride, Sunday, October 22, with all new routes starting at Oak Openings.

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Public Open House: View Plans for New Mountain Bike Trail

Metroparks will hold a public open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 3, at Secor Metropark to share preliminary plans for the park district’s first single track bicycle trail. The trail will be built at Oak Openings Preserve with the help of volunteers. A single track is a narrow trail for mountain bikes.

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Contest Winner Takes New Bike for a Spin at Swan Creek

After NBC24 reported on Kyle Kwiatkowski's quest to win an adapted bike, Kyle's aunt Teresa Nye went to work recruiting the help of military friends and local organizations. Metroparks and the Axemen motorcycle club of Toledo were among those who helped spread the story through Facebook.

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Spring Snow

It's not often we see a snowstorm as late at April 9. But when we do, the results are beautiful, if short lived. These scenes were photographed by Art Weber.

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Intro To Group Cycling Clinic Offered in May

Metroparks and Toledo Area Bicyclists will offer a free, four-week group cycling clinic, Tuesday evenings, May 3, 10, 17 and 24 at Secor Metropark, will introduce riders to the basics of group riding.

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