Ohio

Conotton Creek Bike Trail

The Conotton Creek Bike Trail is a designated rail trail of scenic serenity located in Northern Harrison County, Ohio.

photo: Scio Pottery Covered Bridge

Length: 11.40 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Nature Trail, Rail Trail
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Camping
Heritage and History
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Rock Climbing
Roller/Inline Skating
Skateboarding
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Wildlife Observation

     Senior citizens special trolley rides

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Location: North Eastern Harrison County Ohio connecting towns of Bowerston Connotton Scio and Jewett all parallel to the Conotton Creek Access Ohio Rts 151 250 E 77S 70 E 22 W 43S 332 S
State(s): Ohio
Counties: Harrison
Longitude: -81.0848
Latitude: 40.3959

Driving Directions

State highway 70E to 77 N to 22 E exit or 151 exit 151 to Bowerston 7 miles 250 E to exit 151 E. 11 miles 22E to 151 W 13 miles 43 S to 332 to 151 E 13 miles Staging area Jewett state route 9 and 151..12 miles Staging areas in Scio St Route 646 also Eastport Road Jewett St Route 9 S exit County Road 50 Conotton Staging area exit 151 to Conotton Road Bowerston exit 151

Description

The Conotton Creek Bike Trail is a designated rail trail of scenic serenity located in Northern Harrison County, Ohio. It traverses through the Conotton Valley parallel to Conotton Creek. The scenery includes ponds, rolling foothills, and three small towns. Visitors on this mostly wooded rail trail are sure to notice five covered bridges that were built on the original railroad bridge platforms.

Once the corridor of the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway, today the 11.2-mile Conotton Creek Trail offers complete immersion in a pastoral setting in northeastern Ohio. The trail is situated in the rolling Appalachian foothills and has a significant coal-mining past. At one time, the line was used to transport iron ore from Great Lakes ports to the steel mills of the Ohio River Valley, and haul coal mined from Harrison County to markets in all directions. Today, one of the rail lines is still used, carrying coal, raw materials, and manufactured goods.

The paved multi-use trail is suitable for biking, rollerblading, jogging, and walking. The surface was repaved in 2021. The trail itself is of a typical width with plenty of open space on either side, making the trail exposed and hot in the summer. The entire trail is estimated to be a 5% or less grade. All-terrain tires or motorized equipment may be needed for the surface type. The trail features six bridges, two of which (in Scio and Jewett) are covered. The trail surface is coarse asphalt, wooden covered bridges (with edge barriers and railings), or a natural (grass) surface and smooth. It is typically at least six feet wide with wider passing spaces. There are benches and picnic tables along the route for resting.

The trail offers visitors the opportunity to experience wetlands, farms, forests, rock formations, and wildlife. The ponds east of Bowerston provide a wonderful environment for birding, as do the berried bushes along the route and more than 40 birdhouses. A colorful palette of wildflowers and pastoral landscapes dotted with horses and cattle completes the picturesque backdrop. There are interpretative signs at the five staging areas where ample parking is available.

Additional Details

Width: 10 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Asphalt
Crushed Rock
Grass or Vegetation
Gravel
Sand

Average Grade: 2%
Maximum Grade: 2%
Elevation Low Point: 951
Elevation High Point: 995
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
2022

Supporting Webpages and Documents

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Website: Friends of the Conotton Creek Trail

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Public Contact:
Harry Horstman
Trail Chairman
Harrison County Conotton Creek Bike Committee
90151 Kilgore Ridge Road
Scio, OH 43988
740-945-2172
[email protected]

 

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Reviews

Great easy fast trail

Perfect for leisure ride or workout ride. Has places to stop along the route to enjoy the scenery, porta johns, in case you need one,? Great for family outing as well!

September 7, 2022

 

 

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