The PORTAGE Hike and Bike Trail is Connecting Communities


Construction of the PORTAGE Hike and Bike Trail is ahead of schedule, and many people are already taking advantage of the recreational opportunities it offers. One
A new part of the PORTAGE Hike and Bike Trail is the pedestrian bridge that extends over state Route 261. The trail serves as a link between major hike and bike trails in Summit and Trumbull counties.
A new part of the PORTAGE Hike and Bike Trail is the pedestrian bridge that extends over state Route 261. The trail serves as a link between major hike and bike trails in Summit and Trumbull counties.
major part of the trail, a bridge over state Route 261, will be completed this month.
The PORTAGE Hike and Bike Trail is a long-awaited addition to the area’s recreational opportunities and will provide an area where residents can walk at leisure and children can safely play.

Thanks to the cooperative efforts among Kent State University, the cities of Kent and Ravenna, the Portage County Commission, Ravenna and Franklin townships,
and the Portage Park District, the trail will serve as a key east-west link between major hike and bike trails in Summit and Trumbull counties.

Phase One of the trail is nearly 13 miles long and links Kent, Ravenna, Kent State University, Brady Lake and Franklin and Ravenna townships. According to Thomas Clapper, general manager of transportation services at Kent State, the trail is already 60 percent complete.

“The progress has been remarkable,” Clapper says.

The trail is open year-round and will have something to offer everyone. And as the winter months approach, cross-country skiers and other winter sports enthusiasts will have opportunities to partake in extra recreational options. Come spring, fun-filled activities will include hiking, biking, wildlife watching, canoeing, picnicking or simply relaxing.

Trail renovations bring the surrounding areas a step closer to fulfilling their goal — developing a sense of community in a town atmosphere while providing a service that increases the quality of life for residents, now and for generations to come.

For more information, updates and maps for the PORTAGE Hike and Bike Trail, visit the Portage County Park District Web site or contact the park district at 330-297-7728.

By Ana Mihajlovic


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