The Northwestern Ohio Rails to Trails Association, Inc. is celebrating twenty years of the Wabash Cannonball trail. The Wabash Cannonball Trail is a 63 mile multi-use recreational trail in Northwest Ohio. It provides non-motorized access to hikers, bikers, equestrians, and cross-country skiers. The 12 foot wide trail surface varies within the different jurisdictions, from asphalt to hard packed cinder ballast. The trail is one of the longest rails-to-trails in Ohio and runs through or near Montpelier, West Unity, Wauseon, Delta, Swanton, Maumee, Whitehouse and Liberty Center.
The trail is a part of the nationwide movement to rejuvenate former railroad corridors into linear parks where people can enjoy the beauty and solitude of the outdoors while also providing a safe alternate mode of transportation between towns and villages along the route. There are more than 15,000 miles of rail-trails throughout the United States. View the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy web site for more information about rail-trails. Portions of the Wabash Cannonball Trail are also certified segments of the North Country National Scenic Trail, a 4,600 mile long hiking trail connecting the Lewis and Clark Trail in western North Dakota with the Appalachian Trail in upstate New York.
On Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 7:00 PM, NORTA will host a program celebrating the 20 years of volunteer work that has created the Wabash Cannonball trail of today. A digital presentation of images from the first 20 years of the trails existence will be shown and a brief verbal story of the development of the trail will be given.
The Walter Kruse 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented to the trail volunteer the NORTA Board of Trustees have voted as the outstanding volunteer on the trail in 2014.