B&O Bike Trail

The 18-mile B&O Bike Trail winds through Richland County.

MANSFIELD -- On Saturday, April 13, outdoor enthusiasts are urged to join the Richland Park District, railstotrails and trail users nationwide in celebrating America’s beautiful pathways for the 2019 Opening Day for Trails.

As the nation’s kickoff to the trail season, Opening Day invites walkers, runners, cyclists and outdoors enthusiasts from across the country to celebrate spring by exploring trails in their community.

The Richland County Park District, along with the Slow Roll Mansfield and Slow Roll South (Lexington) cycling groups, are hosting two rides on the Richland B&O Trail as a part of the celebration.

Registration for the event will be at YNOT Cycling in Lexington beginning at 8:30 a.m. People attending should park their cars in the B&O Parking north of Rt 42. The first ride will leave YNOT at 9 a.m. and go round trip from Lexington to North Lake Park. The second will leave YNOT at noon and go round trip from Lexington to Butler. No transport is provided.

Participants are welcome to join one or both rides.

See the Richland County Park District Facebook page for more information. If you have any questions call 419-884-FROG.

About the B&O Trail

The Richland County B&O Trail, originally opened in 1995, is operated by the Richland County Park District along with the Gorman Nature Center. The Trail traverses 18.4 miles of a former Baltimore & Ohio rail corridor from Butler to Mansfield, Ohio. Key stops along the trail include:

North Lake Park in Mansfield; Lexington Community Park; Bellville Train Station; and the Hitchman Park in Butler. Funding for trail operations and maintenance is provided by the Richland County Commissioners on a year-by-year basis. A majority of trail maintenance activities are provided by a wonderful group of volunteers who are committed to keeping the trail open and usable by walkers, runners and cyclists.

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