Hiking & Biking
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|Celina-Coldwater Bike Path||This path is a 4.5 mile long, 10 foot wide path on an old railroad bed. The path is perfect for biking, walking or running between Celina and Coldwater.|
|East Bank Path||This 2 mile paved stretch is along the east bank of Grand Lake St. Marys and is great for biking, walking, running, skating and has a full view of the lake.|
|Dr. Elizabeth Yahl Kuffner Nature Preserve||County Road 66A, just north of U.S. 33, St. Marys, OH 45885
This preserve covers nearly 16 acres of woodland with three trails for hiking and other nature activities. It was donated and named in honor of, Dr. Elizabeth Yahl Kuffner, one of the first female Doctors in Auglaize County. Dr. Kuffner was a practicing physician and surgeon from 1938 until her retirement in 1985. She also had impressive Army career, joining during WW2 and rising to the rank of Major following the Korean War. The nature preserve lies just north of St. Marys, along County Road 66A, just north of U.S. 33.
|Franklin Township Greenway Trail||This 5 5 mile, continuous, non-motorized, paved walking trail is located on the south side of Grand Lake St Marys it not only meanders through over a 100-acre wildlife preservation area with an observation desk overlooking two wetlands, but also traverses two covered bridges along this wonderfully scenic route!|
|Gilliland Nature Sanctuary||Gilliland Nature Sanctuary
The Gilliland Nature Sanctuary is located on the Southside of Grand Lake St Marys, along Club Island Rd. There is an observation tower at the site built by a local Eagle Scout.
The Franklin Township Green space Committee invites you to enjoy this beautiful sanctuary! Parking is also available at South Shore Sportsman’s Club, 5380 Club Island Road, Celina, OH 45822. Enjoy the experience through an 80 acre prairie grass and wooded wildlife sanctuary. Throughout the trail there are stations providing information on the area. For more information contact: Franklin Township, 419-268-2139 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.facebook.com/FranklinTwp/info
Keep a watch in the newspaper and bulletin boards for future walks and talks along the Franklin Township Trail. The committee will be planning events throughout the coming seasons. If you have recommendations or requests, please feel free to contact the Franklin Township Green space Committee, 419-268-2139. Committee members are: Gary Steinbrunner, Susan Gilliland, Jim Tesno, Sandy and Steve Dorsten, Sandy Armour, Laura and Matt Walker, Kip Wright, Ron Puthoff, Tim Homan and Ruth Dorsten.
|Miami-Erie Canal Path||You can hike for miles along this historic trail. The trail is accessible at 158 High St., St. Marys, OH (parking available). A great place to walk and enjoy nature's beauty.|
|Prairie Creek Wetlands Trail||This .7 mile trail meanders through the Prairie Creek Wetlands where you can view abundant wildlife among the three ponds. This crush stone trail is adjacent to the Franklin Township Greenway Trail.|
|Route 703 Bike Path||This stretch on State Route 703 between Celina and St. Marys is for the experienced rider as the rider cycles along side sometimes heavy traffic. The path is approximately 9 miles long.|
|West Bank Trail||This paved scenic trail is accessible on the west bank of Grand Lake St. Marys south of the State Boat Docks on West Bank Rd., or Lake Shore Park in Celina. This beautiful trail meanders along the lake and into a wooded area. The non-motorized trail is great for biking, walking and skating!|