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Telling the Tale of Our Ohio Trails

Columbus, Cincinnati, and Dayton connect to create the Nation’s Largest Paved Trail Network

The nation’s longest paved trail network is a 340-mile accomplishment and a point of pride in Ohio.

Presenters: Tony Collins, Director of Recreation and Parks, City of Columbus; Wade Johnston, Tri-State Trails; Megan Folkerth, Interact for Health; Kjirsten Frank Hoppe, Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission

The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission has been working since 1973 to connect more than a dozen major trails to local communities and Ohio's three largest cities. Highlights include collaborating with multiple agencies, setting the standards for a regional signage and wayfinding system, producing trail maps, and conducting trail counts and user surveys.

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