BUTLER – New signage for the Richland B&O Bike Trail was officially dedicated on Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Village of Butler sign in front of the Whiffletree Restaurant, 28 Main St.
The Richland B&O Trail is a paved 18.4-mile bike trail that runs along the railroad bed of the former Baltimore & Ohio Railway. Connecting Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, and Butler, the trail traverses some of the most scenic parts of North Central Ohio. There are multiple access points in each community.
More than a local amenity, the Richland B&O Bike Trail has long been an attraction for visitors to the area. To make navigation easier for the visitors who come looking for the trail, there needed to be high quality, informational signs tailored to the trail’s different entry points.
To make this happen, a collaboration formed between Richland Public Health, the Mansfield-Richland County Public Library, Richland County Park District, and Destination Mansfield – Richland County.
“This partnership began when the Richland County Park District sought public input to their long-range plan for the Trail,” said Lee Tasseff, Destination Mansfield – Richland County President. “We always looked at the trail as a recreational attraction and took the opportunity to suggest the trail up its signage game. They agreed, so we did a prototype to start the conversation, funded designer Tiffany Hardin’s handiwork, and it has been a great partnership.”
“From there a team was formed that included our generous partners Richland Public Health and the Mansfield-Richland County Public Library,” says Mike Solon, Richland B&O Trail Manager. “Together we developed the final version of the trail signs and locations.”
The team designed signs for Trail access points in Butler, Bellville, Lexington, and at SR-97, Millsboro Road, and North Lake Park. They also gave their input on the content of the B&O Trail’s web page at richlandbandotrail.com. Volunteers for the Richland B&O Trail and the Villages of Lexington and Bellville completed the physical installations.
The trail is open year-round during daylight hours for bicycling, in-line skating, walking, jogging, wildlife viewing, and cross-country skiing in the winter. Motorized vehicles and horseback riding are prohibited. The trail is handicapped accessible. Bike rentals are available on the trail in Lexington at Y-Not Cycling and Fitness 419-884-6135.