Northwestern Ohio Rails-to-Trails Association

About the Northwestern Ohio Rails-to-Trails Association:

Northwestern Ohio Rails to TrailsNorthwestern Ohio Rails-to-Trails Association, Inc. (NORTA), is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which owns the portion of the Wabash Cannonball Trail running through Henry, Fulton, and Williams counties in Ohio. NORTA’s purpose is to promote the development and operation of those 63 miles of Trail within the three counties owned by NORTA, as well as the segment within Lucas County.

NORTA is comprised of a group of dedicated volunteers and supporters whose efforts were instrumental in the acquisition of the railroad corridor that had been operated by Norfolk Southern Railroad. NORTA volunteers have worked diligently to prepare the corridor for use as a recreational trail. Group activities include clean-up days, fund-raising, landscaping and light construction. Meetings are held regularly and a newsletter is published several times throughout the year.

The Trail:

The WABASH CANNONBALL TRAIL is a 63 mile multi-use recreational trail in Northwest Ohio. It provides non-motorized access to hikers, bikers, 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 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. The Wabash Cannonball Trail is one of Ohio’s longest rail-trails, covering a total of 63 miles and traversing four counties: Fulton, Henry, Lucas, and Williams.