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Extension of Ross County’s Rec Trail to Chillicothe’s Far West End Celebrated

A member of the Ross County Park District wheels through the ribbon to celebrate the Coppel Trail Extension, connecting the Paint Creek Recreational Trail to the Coppel Athletic Complex on March 22nd, 2024.

Chillicothe, Ross County, and Beyond — A paved cycling and walking trail now connects the Coppel Athletic Complex at the western edge of Chillicothe, with the Paint Creek Recreational Trail…which then connects to the northwest and Scioto edge of Chillicothe, as well as Frankfort and Washington Court House.

The connector has actually been paved for a few months, but a crossing signal at US 50 and Veterans Parkway had not been installed until recently. The ribbon-cutting – or rather ribbon-breaking – by a cyclist was Friday. See more on the event in the below videos.

The next major event for the multi-park park district is a sneak peak of a new preserve near the Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center. The public walk at Herron Downs Fen will be 11am April 6th.

Devon Atkinson, trail maintenance supervisor for the park district, says there is no timeline yet for fully opening Herron Downs to the public since they are still gathering partners for its development…but they hope it will be open this fall. Hear him in the below video interview.

The Ross County Park District has a website and Facebook page.

The kiosk at the end of the Coppel Extension.
The map on the other side of the kiosk at the end of the Coppel Extension.
Along with good (and bad!) snacks at the opening were information sheets on upcoming events, and a signup sheet to be on the mailing list.
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Raised in Ross County, Bearcat class of '87 at Paint Valley. Wrote a column on history and historic preservation for the Chillicothe Gazette right out of high school, then a bachelors in Journalism in the OU class of '91. After starting my one-man company "Intrepid Heritage Services" in Columbus in 1997 to offer historical research, tours, and talks, I retuned to Ross County in 2003. Have been working as a radio programmer and reporter at Clear Channel / iHeart Media Southern Ohio. Started working with the Scioto Post June 27th, 2023.