Frequently Asked Questions & Guidelines for Trail Use

Q: Can I use Wabash Cannonball Trail after hours for commuting?
A: 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, a 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.
 
Q: Are ATV’s and snowmobiles allowed on the Wabash Cannonball Trail?
A: 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.
 
Q: Can my running or biking club use the Wabash Cannonball Trail for an organized bike tour?
A: 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. 
 
Q: Where is parking available?
A: Parking is available at a number of locations along the Wabash Cannonball Trail. Please see our Trail Map section for locations.
 
Q: What is the surface like on the Wabash Cannonball Trail?
A: 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.
 
Q: How can I support the Wabash Cannonball Trail?
A: 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.
 
Q: Is the Wabash Cannonball Trail open all the time?
A: It is open 365 days a year, but closed from dusk till dawn.
 
Q: Is hunting allowed on the Wabash Cannonball Trail?
A: 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.
 
Q: Are horses allowed on the Wabash Cannonball Trail?
A: Yes, horses are allowed in most areas, although, some jurisdictions may restrict their passage. All users of the trail including pedestrians must yield to horses.
 
Q: Are pets allowed on the Wabash Cannonball Trail?
A: Yes, however, pets must be kept on a leash and under control at all times.
 
Q: Is there a fee to use the Wabash Cannonball Trail?
A: No, there are no fees charged to enjoy the Wabash Cannonball Trail.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Guidelines for Trail Use 
 
No Motorized Vehicles
Violators face prosecution and fines. (Wheelchairs excepted) 

Trail Courtesy
All trail users should be respectful of others, regardless of their mode or speed. All users yield to horses. Cyclists yield to pedestrians and horses.

Stop At All Road Crossings - Stay on the Trail
Leaving trail boundaries constitutes illegal trespassing subject to prosecution.

Keep it Natural
Litter and trash along the trail spoil it for everyone, so do not throw trash along the way. Even better, pick up any litter that you may find, and carry it out.

Curfew 
Trail is closed from dusk to dawn.

Emergencies and suspicious activities should be reported to the local sheriff immediately.
Please report all hazardous conditions to the authorities for that jurisdiction, or if unsure, contact:
NORTA at 419-822-4788, or byE-MAIL
Fulton County: 419-335-4010
Henry County: 419-592-8010
Lucas County: 419-243-5111
Metroparks: 419-360-9179
Williams County: 419-636-3151