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Level: Easiest
Length: 16 mi (25.7 km)
Surface: Doubletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +278/ -322 ft
Total: 21 riders

Mountain Biking Farnsworth

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#43 of 114 mountain bike trails in Ohio
#3,005 in the world

8 miles each way, soft gravel path, canopy of trees, along the river bank.
Nice ride for family.

First added by rti27 on Sep 25, 2009. Last updated May 2, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
On Old route 24, SW from Waterville.Farnsworth park on Left ( S) side. If you take a L on S River rd b4 park there is a gravel turn out at the start of the trail. (24 also S river after that intersection.)
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Q: where do i park
A: Many options. There's a turn out off S. River Rd, E of Farnsworth park that's at the E end of trail.

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  • Rassidan

    This is a very easy gravel path that makes for a relaxing out and back. Can't really complain about this trail as the scenery definitely makes it better than a majority of paved bike paths.

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  • iliketexmex

    Not sure why this is on singletracks, because it is not singletrack. BUT it is a very nice ride
    down along the Maumee River, with great views of the river along the way. It's worth a ride if you are in the area and have your bike.

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  • louisd

    Flat and straight, a few bugs though

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  • Brook Hanes

    This is a nice flat trail. Very well maintained. Wonderful scenery along the Maumee River. Restrooms available. A great family trail.

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  • Trail_Jogger

    This is an outstanding double track trail that starts at Farnsworth Metro Park and follows a wide and hard-packed clay and pea gravel trail south along the Miami and Erie Canal towpath trail beside the Maumee River through Bend View Metro Park and ends at the dam in Providence Metro Park. Total round trip is 18.7 miles and it is an easy ride even for children or bikes with trailers. Park at the paved parking lot at Farnsworth, 41-29.219N and 083-44.112W and spend a few minutes admiring the Roche de Bout ("Rock of Battle") outcropping and the old stone interurban bridge then start your ride south. The trail is evident - it runs along the Maumee River the entire way and has numerous areas to stop for photographs as well as stone shelters with facilities and drinking water in each of the three parks. The trail ends at the dam in Providence located at 41-25.002N and 083-52.183W. Providence Metro Park also has a canal-era town with canal boat rides that is a must-see. You can literally tour the area by bike and even ride/walk a bridge over the canal boat to look at it. I've ridden thousands of miles of Ohio trails and I would rate this trail "Outstanding" without question. Once you've completed this trail, ride or drive north along W. River Road to Sidecut Metro Park, which starts at 41-32.318N and 083-41.819W and spend at least an hour or two thoroughly exploring this entire park. Do not ride Farnsworth without also visiting nearby Sidecut Metro Park. From Sidecut to Farnsworth to Bend View to Providence Metro Parks, the Maumee River is only a couple feet deep and is beautiful. I took hundreds of photos and will upload a few for you. Most joggers also park at Farnsworth and only run a few miles so, once you get about three miles south of Farnsworth, you'll probably have the trail to yourself until you arrive in Providence. This trail should be on your "must ride" list and I highly recommend riding it early in the morning for the best lighting on the river.* Review edited 8/6/2011

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