Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Clinton County Trails Coalition

The City’s recreational trails system has been growing over the past several years. The City’s trail system now consists of the following trails:

Luther Warren Peace Path (dedicated 1999), a 1.2 mile, level paved surface trail with trail heads on Mulberry Street and Nelson Avenue. In addition to the trail heads, the public may access the trail via a connector bridge leading to the campus of Clinton Memorial Regional Hospital. Drinking water is not available on the Luther Warren Peace Path. Most of the Peace Path is shaded for comfort in the summer and the snow is removed in the winter making the trail a year round favorite with walkers and runners.
4-C Bicentennial Trail (dedicated 2005), is a 1.3 mile paved surface trail and will be open to the public July 31, 2005, at 2 p.m. The trail was designed and built to celebrate Ohio’s bicentennial of statehood. The “4 Cs” without whom the trail would not be possible are the City of Wilmington, the Clinton County Board of Commissioners, Wilmington College, and the Clinton Rails-to-Trails Coalition. Trail heads are located on Fife Avenue (across the street from David Williams Park parking lot) and in the Southeast Neighborhood park (access from Paris Avenue and Marilena Dr). Both trail heads have paved parking and drinking water available. The 4-C Bicentennial Trail has more variation in grade than the Luther Warren Peace Path. The trail also features a four foot wide grassy berm for horseback riding. Snow will not be removed from this trail to allow cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or other non-motorized winter sports.

Lowe’s Drive Path (opened 2004) – a .6 mile asphalt connector path, this trail connects Rombach Avenue (near J. Denver Williams Park) with Prairie Avenue. The City plans a future paved surface trail winding through J. Denver Williams Park to connect the Lowe’s Drive Path with the 4-C Bicentennial Trail. No services are available on the Lowe’s Drive Path, but water, parking and restrooms are available in J. Denver Williams Park, which is .1 mile from the intersection of Lowe’s Drive and Rombach Avenue. Enter J. Denver Williams Park from Rombach Avenue (on the north) or Fife Avenue (on the south).

Urban Bike Route The Southeast Neighborhood Park trail head of the 4-C Bicentennial Trail is now connected to the Mulberry Street trailhead of the Luther Warren Peace Path with a signed bike route on City streets. This will give cyclists the ability to ride about 7.0 miles round trip from either the Fife Avenue trailhead of the 4-C Trail or the Nelson Avenue trailhead of the Luther Warren Peace Path.

Horse riders using the trails may continue on City streets. The City requires that animal owners clean up after their animals.

Unauthorized motor vehicles are not permitted on the City’s trails.

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