Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use Wabash Cannonball Trail after hours for commuting?

Yes, however, a permit is required. Regional trails are used for commuting as well as recreation, fitness and enjoying nature. Because trail hours are the same as the Metroparks – 7 a.m. until dark every day of the year – it limits some commuters’ options. For example, someone bicycling to work, school or church during open hours would be unable to return on the same trail after dark. For this reason, Metroparks issues special permits for after-hours commuting on the University/Parks and Wabash Cannonball trails. Commuter permits can be attached to a bicycle to show that the commuter has received permission to use a trail for transportation during hours when the trail is closed. For more information call 419-407-9769. Click here to download the permit application.


Are ATV’s and snowmobiles allowed on the Wabash Cannonball Trail?

No, the Rail Trail is a multi-use trail that is used by pedestrians, bicyclists, cross-country skiers, and equestrians. No motorized vehicles are permitted other than for maintenance and emergency purposes.


Can my running or biking club use the Wabash Cannonball Trail for an organized bike tour?

Yes, the trail is the perfect place for a group ride or run. If directional markings are needed on the pavement, please use temporary marking paint in either white or hot pink (other colors mimic utility markings). To avoid possible conflicts, please notify trail authorities if a large group is expected to participate in the event.


Where is parking available?

Parking is available at a number of locations along the Wabash Cannonball Trail. Please see our Trail Access section for locations.


What is the surface like on the Wabash Cannonball Trail?

The Trail is an unpaved ballast surface in most rural locations. It is asphalt paved through all of Lucas County and some of the more populated areas such as Wauseon. See the Trail Map for more detail.


How can I support the Wabash Cannonball Trail?

NORTA is a volunteer organization dedicated to developing, promoting, maintaining, and protecting the Rail Trail. You can become a member, and/or you may participate in volunteer trail maintenance days to demonstrate your support.


Is the Wabash Cannonball Trail open all the time?

It is open 365 days a year, but closed from dusk till dawn.


Is hunting allowed on the Wabash Cannonball Trail?

No, hunting is not allowed, but care should be observed during hunting season, as some areas adjacent to the Trail do permit hunting such as in the Maumee State Forrest.


Are horses allowed on the Wabash Cannonball Trail?

Horses are not allowed on the paved sections of the trail.

Horses are allowed on the following sections of the trail:

On the North Fork from just east of Springbrook Lake west to just west of Springbrook      Campground where designated by signage.

On the North Fork west of St Rt 109 to Fulton County Rd 11 and then From Fulton Cty Rd 16 west to Williams Cty rd 13 (Airport Rd) just east of Montpelier.

Horses are also able to use the south fork of trail from Lucas/Henry Cty line rd west to Henry Cty Rd 7 (Pleasantview rd) just east of Liberty Center

All trail users, including pedestrians must yield to horses


Are pets allowed on the Wabash Cannonball Trail?

Yes, however, pets must be kept on a leash and under control at all times.

Is there a fee to use the Wabash Cannonball Trail?

No, there are no fees charged to enjoy the Wabash Cannonball Trail.