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.
The Towpath Trail connects three Metroparks along the Maumee River: Farnsworth, Bend View and Providence. 8 miles.
The University/Parks Trail connects the University of Toledo with Wildwood Preserve and continues to Silica Road in Sylvania. 7 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: 15 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.
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. The entire 11-mile trail is now open, with challenging bridges and other obstacles along the narrow, scenic path.
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.