Wabash Cannonball Trail

Northwest Ohio's premier rails-to-trails project is also one of the longest in the state, stretching 64 miles through four counties and Oak Openings, Ohio's most unique natural area.

The trail follows two former rail lines forming a North Fork and South Fork, which converge at Jerome Road in Maumee, near the Fallen Timbers Battlefield.

The North Fork runs east and west for 46 miles, from Maumee to Montpelier, Ohio, coming within 15 miles of the Indiana state line. It is paved to the Lucas County border. A paved connection links the Wabash Cannonball with the 5.3-mile Oak Openings Preserve all-purpose trail.

The South Fork takes a southwesterly route, running 17 miles from Maumee to the edge of Liberty Center, Ohio. It passes through the Village of Whitehouse and the Maumee State Forest. The south fork is paved to the Lucas County line.

The trail is connected to the Fallen Timbers Battlefield on Jerome Road, and to the Fallen Timbers Monument and Side Cut Metropark via a bike-pedestrian bridge over US 24. A recent extension of the trail parallels River Road through Side Cut.

Where the paved sections of the trail end, the remainder has a railroad cinder ballast base, which is suitable for mountain bikes and horses.

The first mile of the recent trail extension, west of Fulton-Lucas Rd., is dedicated in honor of Tom Duvendack, former manager of Oak Openings Preserve, who died in 2019. Tom was one of the leaders who advocated for the Wabash Cannonball, and remained involved with the Northwestern Ohio Rails-to-Trails Association after his retirement from Metroparks.

The Wabash Cannonball Trail is a project of Metroparks, the Board of Lucas County Commissioners, Lucas County Engineer, the Village of Whitehouse, the City of Maumee and the Northwest Ohio Rails To Trails Association. Metroparks rangers and, in some sections, local jurisdictions, patrol the trail within Lucas County.

This trail is partially accessible. See the interactive map for more details.

Parking for this trial can be found at 
Monclova Elementary School, Monclova Road
Village of Whitehouse
Oak Openings Preserve, Springbrook Area
Maumee State Forest
Fallen Timbers Monument, US24 (connected by bridge)
Fallen Timbers Visitor Center

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