Biking - Bicycling in Lake County Ohio


Lake County Ohio has many opportunities for the avid or recreational cyclist to enjoy the day and promote good health.


                                           Photo by Jeffrey Taipale
Lake County has many opportunities for the avid or recreational cyclist to enjoy the day and promote good health.

One of many areas is the Lake County Greenway Corridor.  This 4.8-mile paved trail links the municipalities of Painesville, Painesville Township and Concord Township allowing visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of these communities in a safe environment. Travelers will cross two bridges and experience varied levels of terrain ranging from a 660 ft. elevation in Painesville to an elevation of 895 ft. in Concord Township. The southern end of the trail connects the Greenway Corridor with The Maple Highlands Trail to Get AdobeChardon. The beautiful waterfall locally known as “Chair Factory Falls” is the natural feature now accessible by a recently installed pedestrian trail off of Lake Metroparks Greenway Corridor in Concord Township.  (Metroparks Biking Page)

Lake Metroparks recently installed this 0.3-mile trail to provide safe public access to view the falls, which were previously privately owned. The project was made possible by the donation of 4.5 acres of land by Laura MacMillan Crago, Johanna Bates, and Julia MacMillan in loving memory of George V. Bates, III and Susan Bates MacMillan.

Please note: There is a steep hill that heads down to the overlook of the falls.

Closest parking access is at Concord Township’s Old Stone School at 7125 Ravenna Rd. (500 feet north of Concord-Hambden Rd.). From the parking lot, visitors walk down a short access path to the paved Greenway Corridor and turn left, then proceed 0.2 mile to the Chair Factory Falls trail head. Click here for other parking areas.

History

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, founded in 1827, owns a prominent place in the cultural and economic history of the United States and that of our own Lake County. Countless memorable events mark the progress and succession of the railroad during its 160-year span of operation. Original tracks linking the nation's rail system to Lake Erie were laid in Lake County in 1870 and acquired by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in the 1890s. The railroad provided freight service in and out of Painesville, moving some five million tons of coal and iron ore annually.

Today, Lake Metroparks uses the same route that our forefathers founded so many years ago as the Greenway Corridor. Sounds of bicycle wheels and happy walkers replace train whistles and the clattering of tracks as one travels on the 4.8-mile paved trail.

This project was funded through a Federal ISTEA Highway Grant and administered by the Ohio Department of Transportation. Lake Metroparks provided engineering and planning services to ensure a safe, ADA accessible public facility for the enjoyment of this and future generations.

Happy Trails to All!

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