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Other great news about the Trailhead: Evans Foundation buys trailhead site, will lease to village
Downtown Johnstown, Inc. received funding from the Mary E. Babcock Foundation. Their generous donation allowed for removing the old worn out pavement with a new, thicker layer of blacktop. The funding also allowed for an expanded 20 space parking lot for the many visitors to the trailhead and bike path.
Funding for the landscaping part of the project was provided by the Johnstown Area Community Foundation.
Per an agreement with the Licking County Park District, the Village of Johnstown will continue to maintain and care for the Johnstown Trailhead and bike path that is within their corporation limits.
The Trailhead and Bike Path in Johnstown is part of the T.J. Evans Recreational Trail. If you start the asphalt paved trail in Johnstown you can travel 14 miles through much of Licking County, including the city of Newark. This bike path was once part of the Penn Central Railroad. It was also known as the New York Central/Toledo & Ohio Central Railroad. The path includes historical markers along the route.
Much of the Johnstown section of the bike path is covered with an abundance of foliage. It has been described as riding through a long, green tunnel. The gradual descent from Johnstown to Newark allows bikers to enjoy an almost effortless ride. Those coming from the other direction may notice they need a bit more energy to make it into Johnstown.
For more information on Licking County Parks, Paths & Trails visit: www.lickingparkdistrict.com.
Ohio’s U.S. Bicycle Route 50 begins at the Indiana border on Paint Road in Preble County Ohio, traversing 313 miles and leaving Ohio at the Market Street Bridge to West Virginia. Thirty-nine jurisdictions around Ohio collaborated on the development of USBR 50, and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) coordinated the efforts. Ohio’s segment of USBR 50 is the state’s first USBR designation, and the cross-country route will eventually connect Washington, DC to San Francisco.
Julie Walcoff, ODOT Bicycle Pedestrian and Safe Routes to School Program Manager, said, “The designation of Ohio’s first USBR was truly a collaboration. The Department of Transportation, planning organizations, many advocacy organizations and volunteers all worked together to assure our new route would provide scenery, amenities and a comfortable route as riders take the opportunity to tour our beautiful state.”
The route follows a combination of roadway segments and ten different trails, including the Camp Chase, Wolfe Creek, Great Miami River, Ohio to Eerie, Creekside, Maxtown, Alum Creek, Olentangy Greenway, Scioto Greenway, and the T.J. Evans Panhandle Recreational Trails. These trails provide off-road opportunities to explore Ohio’s natural and agricultural heritage, including woods, creeks, pastures, farmlands, and wildlife, while connecting Ohio’s vibrant urban areas such as Columbus and Dayton. In Columbus, cyclists can stop at the Ohio Stadium, the Short North Arts District for a variety of restaurants, or check out fun events like Community Festival in June, Ohio State Fair in July, Xenia Community Festival in September, and the Highball Halloween in October. In Dayton, home of the Wright Brothers, cyclists can visit a number of historical sites of interest, including the Dayton Aviation Heritage Museum and the original Wright Brothers Bicycle Shop.
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