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Hikers: State has new online resource for trails

(March 23, 2018) — Ohioans looking to enjoy the outdoors now have a new resource when they’re searching for events taking place along the state’s trails.

On Thursday, Sen. Steve Wilson, R-Maineville, along with Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Jim Zehringer, announced an online portal that collects and consolidates important trail data, including an interactive trail map and a listing of events happening across the state.

“Whether you are planning a thru-hike of Buckeye Trail or simply looking for a nice place to enjoy an afternoon walk or bike-ride, this new resource provides a wealth of valuable information,” Wilson said in a statement. “I appreciate the partnership with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and their willingness to enhance our efforts to positively impact trail development in our state.”

The website is part of a larger effort by the Ohio Legislative Trails Caucus, of which Wilson is a co-chair, to increase awareness, maintenance and access to Ohio’s trails, according to a news release. A resolution by Wilson to designate 2018 as Ohio’s Year of the Trails is currently pending in the Senate.