Wabash Cannonball Trail

Special Notice: North Fork Closure

A portion of the Wabash Cannonball Trail North Fork within Oak Openings Preserve Metropark will be closed beginning Monday, August 30 for several weeks for a bridge replacement.

Closure: Girdham Road to St. Rt. 64.

The trail is expected to reopen by the end of September.

If using nearby roads to bypass the closed section of the trail, please use caution. Speed limits on these roads are 55 Mph.


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 SR 109 near Delta. A paved connection links the Wabash Cannonball with the 5.3-mile Oak Openings Preserve all-purpose trail. Between Fallen Timbers and Oak Openings, the North Folk passes through Cannonball Prairie Metropark.

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. It is connected to Blue Creek Metropark in Whitehouse by road and trail. 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 connector 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 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.

The paved portions of the trail are accessible. See the interactive map for more details.

Parking: 

North and South Fork

Fallen Timbers Monument, US24 (connected by bridge)
Fallen Timbers Battlefield Metropark Visitor Center, Jerome Road
The Shops at Fallen Timbers

North Fork

Monclova Elementary School, Monclova Road
Cannonball Prairie Metropark
Keener Park, Monclova
Oak Openings Preserve Metropark, Springbrook Area
Maumee State Forest
Northwestern Ohio Rails-to-Trails Association, Delta

South Fork

Village of Whitehouse
Blue Creek Metropark, Whitehouse


Tom Duvendack Mile

A mile of the North Folk, 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.

 

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