Experiencing Rails to Trails

Milton Jones, retired Columbus attorney and state legislator, sent us this email.  I think he has some good advice.

By Milton Jones

I know you are aware of the fact that the “Bike” (I put it in quotes for I think many more will walk it than ride bikes) Trail is nearing completion.  There are portions of it which for all practical purposes are already complete, one stretch being from Hilton Avenue to CSU property on  the east side of I-185.  Jeanette and I have walked this section and it is stunningly beautiful.  You owe it to yourself to do so if you can, for I think you will be really impressed.

You can park in the back lot of Hardaway High and access the trail going either way right where it crosses Armour Avenue.  Or, there is a cul-de-sac on west side of Armour where you can park close to Armour Avenue.  Either will put you within 20 or 30 yards of the trail.  Either way you go, either east to just across the I-185 old railroad bridge and back, or west down to Hilton Avenue and back, is about a 20 – 25 minute leisurely walk, and it is spectacular.  Even in the middle of the city, you will think you are in  deep woods.  There is a barrier or screen of trees and vegetation along both sides that with very few very short stretches completely obscures the residences and apartments from the trail. 

 In many areas, the trees are so large they create a canopy effect.  And, the walking is easy.  The trail is paved with a “soft” low impact asphalt type substance and smooth.  (I hope it is recycled tires but do not believe it is)

It is a great way to spend a few minutes close to home, and get into deep woods.

Do it.  You will be glad you did.



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