Wabash Cannonball Trail

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Wabash Cannonball Trail
Westbound Wabash Cannonball Trail, Rotary Park, Wauseon, Ohio.JPG
Westbound tandem with picnic basket at Rotary Park
Rails to Trails
Established 1995
Length Williams County: 9 mi.
Fulton County: 26 mi.
Lucas County: 22 mi.
Henry County: 6 mi.
Total: 63 miles
Location Ohio Northwest Ohio
United States United States
Designation North Country National Scenic Trail [1][2]
Trailheads Car parking Parking available in all counties.
Use Hiking, Bicycling, Cross Country Skiing, Equestrian
Highest point 879 feet (268 m)
Lowest point 640 feet (200 m)
Grade flat to gentle railroad grades
Trail difficulty MUTCD D9-6.svg Wheelchair accessible[3]
Months 12
Waymark Wabash cannonball trail waymark in fulton county ohio.JPG
Sights Oak Openings Preserve Metropark
Fraker Mill Covered Bridge
Wabash Railroad caboose [4]
Hazards US and State Route crossings
Surface Lucas County: all paved[5]
Fulton County: 2 miles paved[6]
remainder: gravel[7]
Right of way Wabash Railroad
Website http://wabashcannonballtrail.org

The Wabash Cannonball Trail is a rail to trail conversion in northwestern Ohio, U.S. It is 63 miles (101 km) long.[8] The North Fork of the Wabash Cannonball Trail is part of the North Coast Inland Trail, which plans to fully connect Indiana to Pennsylvania,[5][9] and portions of the trail are included in the North Country National Scenic Trail.[1][2]

History

The Wabash Railroad line used by the trail was first built in 1855, and service continued until 1969. The Norfolk Southern Railway then purchased it. The rails were finally abandoned in 1990. Local enthusiasts developed the idea of creating a public recreational trail and utility corridor. On March 24, 1994, the corridor was purchased from Norfolk Southern.[10]

The name Wabash Cannonball stems from an 1882 American folk song about an imaginary train.[11] No train actually had the name until 1949, when the Wabash Railroad actually named its Detroit-St. Louis day train as the Cannon Ball.[12]

Other rail-to-trail conversions of the Wabash Railroad in the Midwestern region include the Kiwanis Trail in Adrian, Michigan, the Wabash Heritage Trail in West Lafayette, Indiana, and the Wabash Trail in Sangamon County, Illinois.

File:Wabash Cannoball Trail orientation map.png
North Fork and South Fork of Wabash Cannonball Trail
File:1900sWabashmap.jpg
Wabash Railroad map, showing North and South Forks of the trail in Ohio.

Location

North Fork: The northern section of the trail roughly parallels both the Ohio Turnpike I-80/90 and US Route 20A for about 43 miles starting in Maumee, and extending through Monclova, Wauseon, and West Unity, ending at its western trailhead near Montpelier, Ohio.

South Fork: A second, additional 18-mile spur runs from Maumee southwest to near Liberty Center, Ohio. That trailhead has a parking area near Whitehouse, Ohio.[13]

Condition: All portions of the trail in Lucas County are paved.[7][14] A 2-mile section of the trail in Fulton County, owned by the city of Wauseon, also is paved.[6][15][16] The remainder of the North Fork in Fulton and Williams counties are unpaved, as is the South Fork in Henry County.[7]

Trail Section County Township Distance[17][18][19] Surface [7] Crossings Notes
(mi) (km)
North Fork























North Fork























North Fork
Lucas Monclova 0 0 Paved Jerome Road Car parking Eastern Terminus, near The Fallen Timbers Battlefield and Fort Miamis National Historic Site, Maumee, parking available. Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
0.2 0.32 Fork branches South
1.7 2.7 Waterville-Monclova Road Car parking Parking in Village of Monclova, Ohio. Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
2.7 4.3 Keener Road Public washrooms Car parking Monclova Township Hall, with parking, bathrooms, and a bicycle maintenance station.[20] Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
Swanton 6.5 10.5 SR 295 Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
7.3 11.7 Evergreen Lake Trail Oak Openings Preserve Metropark trail. Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. Bathrooms and parking located one mile south at Ranger Station. Public washrooms Car parking Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
9.0 14.5 SR 64 Public washrooms Car parking Oak Openings Preserve Metropark bathrooms and parking. Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
Fulton Swan Creek 15.2 24.5 Cinder,
Gravel,
Dirt,
Grass
Fraker Mill Covered Bridge [21] Crosses Bad Creek, near Delta Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
York 15.5 24.9 SR 109 Car parking Parking. NORTA (Northwestern Ohio Rails-to-Trails Association) offices. Bathrooms available in Delta. Public washrooms Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
19.5 31.4 County Road 11 Two mile detour on County Road F, from County Road 11 to County Road 13 Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
Clinton 21.5 34.6 Paved County Road 13 Paved trail maintained by City of Wauseon Parks. Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
22.5 36.2 SR 108 Busy crossing Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
22.7 36.5 Rotary Park, Wauseon Public washrooms Car parking Parking Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
23.5 37.8 Automotive Parts Factory Pavement ends. Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. One mile detour on County Road F via Krieger St.
24.5 39.4 Cinder,
Gravel,
Dirt,
Grass
County Road 16 Detour to County Road F. Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
German 30.4 48.9 US 20A Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
32.8 52.8 County Road 23 (old SR 66) Car parking Parking in Elmira/Burlington. Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
33.3 53.6 Tiffin River bridge.[22][23] Large railroad bridge north of north of Archbold. Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
33.6 54.1 US 20A Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
Williams Brady 38.3 61.6 Wabash Park, West Unity Public washrooms Car parking Parking and bathrooms. Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
Jefferson 38.7 62.3 US 127 Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
44.7 71.9 SR 15 Car parking Western Terminus, near Montpelier, parking. Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. Bathrooms available in Montpelier Public washrooms
South Fork Lucas Monclova 0 0 Paved Jerome Road Car parking Eastern Terminus, near The Fallen Timbers Battlefield and Fort Miamis National Historic Site, Maumee. Parking available.
0.2 0.32 Forks branch Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
0.8 1.3 The Shops at Fallen Timbers Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
Providence 6.2 10.0 SR 64, White House Public washrooms Car parking Parking and bathrooms available. Bicycle repair shop. Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
7.5 12.1 SR 295 Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
10.2 16.4 Neapolis Car parking Parking available. Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
Henry Washington 14.7 23.7 Cinder,
Gravel,
Dirt,
Grass
Colton Car parking Parking available. Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
16.9 27.2 County Road 6C Car parking Western Terminus end, Near Liberty Center Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.[24]

Note: Distance information about the trail differs slightly from one source to another based on whether missing sections of the trail are counted or not. Some sources say the north fork is 43 miles (not counting missing sections,) others say 45 miles (counting the missing sections) and others 47 miles (counting detour mileage.)

External links

References

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