History & Tourism

B&O Trail: The Gateway To Four Communities

26 May , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse from Destination Mansfield – Richland County:

The B&O Trail has been a local favorite of cyclists, joggers, in-line skaters, and even cross-country skiers since it first opened 25 years ago. This paved, 18.4-mile bike trail runs from Butler, in southern Richland County all the way to North Lake Park in Mansfield, gently winding its way through some of the most scenic parts of the area and through four distinct communities.

There are many places to start and pause your trek along the former path of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, but the gentle inclines of the bike trail make cruising from one city to the next a breeze. Hop on and off the trail for dining, shopping, and attractions at each of these communities and discover their personalities for yourself. More…

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Take A Hike: Gorman Nature Center

6 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

We’re beginning a new series here at 1812Blockhouse, just in time for the beauty of a north central Ohio spring.

It’s called “Take a Hike,” and it is exactly that. With each post, we’ll be featuring a walk or organized hike you can take by yourself, with groups, or with your favorite furry friend. In each case, they will be located within Richland County and will be generally accessible to the public, or easily made available.

Do you have a favorite walk you’d like to see us share with our readers? Just send information to us at: [email protected] and we’ll be happy to do just that.

Today we’re looking at the 1.4 mile loop trail located at Gorman Nature Center. More…

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Take A Hike: No Matter Your Experience Level, A Great One Awaits

10 Sep , 2019  

Get in touch with nature before summer ends or plan a hike as the leaves start to change! Take advantage of the warm weather and explore all the beautiful, can’t-miss scenery the area has to offer. Spending time in nature has been proven to improve mental focus, lower stress levels, increase creativity, and even boost the immune system. Whether you want to take a stroll on a park path, trek through the woods, or just explore the local flora and fauna, we’ve got all your must-hike trails right here. More…

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Richland B&O Trail Bump Work To Begin

30 Aug , 2019  

Some minor work on the Richland County B&O Trail will take place over the next few days.

First, a contractor will be working near the Bellville Bike Depot and the Hines Ave bridge on Friday, August 29 and Saturday, August 30 remediate several bumps along the B&O trail surface. Additional bump removal work is then scheduled for Tuesday, September 3 from Marion Avenue south to Deer Park. That work is expected to take two days to complete. More…

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Richland County B&O Trail Reopens

20 Jun , 2019  

The unusually large amount of rainfall over the last several days has caused havoc across the county, with several roads facing temporary closures.

Not only were roads impacted, but so were other kinds of thoroughfares, including bike trails, paths, and walkways. The longest of such routes, the Richland County B&O Trail, was impacted. On Monday, the Richland County Park District informed its Facebook followers that fallen trees and conditions had necessitated its closure. More…

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Richland Public Health Offers Winter Walking Advice

11 Jan , 2019  

Walking in the winter offers you a refreshing change of pace. The invigorating cold air can clear your mind and reduce stress, which can be helpful for weight loss.

Getting outside during daylight hours also increases levels of serotonin, a hormone that helps calm cravings. Even if you have to walk slower because of the weather, you may be burning more calories. And trudging through snow or walking into the wind takes more energy.

Richland Public Health encourages healthy exercise but remember that winter weather requires some special preparation. More…

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Park District Creating Plan For B&O Trail; Seeks Public Input

20 Oct , 2018  

The Richland County Park District is undergoing a strategic planning process for the B&O Trail and is in need of your assistance.

A survey concerning the trail is now online, and you are asked to participate by answering questions and sharing ideas. More…

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Run/Walk For Liberty Park

30 Jun , 2018  

If the event is half as fun as it sounds, this is going to be great!

The Run for Liberty Park Red, White, and Blue 3K Color Fun Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, July 7 at 9:30 AM at – you guessed it – Liberty Park in Mansfield. More…

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Join In Just Walk Richland Trashercise

2 Apr , 2018  

Just Walk Richland walk leaders will lead a series of walks along the B&O trail. Walks will start at various locations each week, and as an end result, “connect the trail”. Participants are encouraged to pick up litter (trashercise) and help beautify the trail in the process.

These walks are scheduled to run every Monday from today through May 15, starting at 5:30 PM. More…

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