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Explore the best rated trails in Defiance, OH. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the University/Parks Trail and Triplett Pathway. With more than 28 trails covering 285 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

Recent Trail Reviews

Pufferbelly Trail

Great trail with new extension on its way

March, 2023 by charleshire

Trail is great for shaded run on warm days and wind protected run on cold days. Trail is 5 miles long with an additional 1.5 mile Solomon Farm Loop attached. Parking spaces located near the YMCA put you in the middle of the 5 mile trail and where the 1.5 mile Loop connects, providing a great spot to re-hydrate at your vehicle as you run North, then South, then the Loop to train for Half-marathon.

University/Parks Trail

Nicely paved, well maintained.

March, 2023 by snappleb120

Nicely paved, well maintained.

Sylvania River Trail

This trail is a pleasure to walk. Calming scenery. The walk underneath Route 23 is rather neat.Can't wait to walk it in spring.

January, 2023 by conservative4ever

This trail is a pleasure to walk. Calming scenery. The walk underneath Route 23 is rather neat.Can't wait to walk it in spring.


Miami & Erie Canal Towpath

Not paved

October, 2022 by rdhemm63

We live just 20 miles from this path. And did it for the first time yesterday. We did New Breman to St Marys. Started out beautiful but a mile out of town we lost the path. Only to find out it is a grass path between the canal and a corn field. Would be beautiful quiet walking path. But for sure not for bikes. We cut around and did some back roads and tried again further north. But the whole way from NB to SM is grass. May need to check out further south.

Kiwanis Trail (MI)

Kiwanis Trail

September, 2022 by xq88kbm2fd

Nice trail with plenty of shade. Very easy ride, nice and flat. Wish it was longer though


favorite indiana trail system

August, 2022 by bradtollefson

We parked at East Winney park which allowed us to return to our car between doing branches of the trail. There are no bathrooms there, but there are plenty full service restrooms along the trail. We did the entire trail and adding in the side parks you can optionally do and a brief detour for lunch we ended up with 75 miles. I think if you stuck to the trails themselves you'd be looking at around 50-55 miles. Our favorite path was the one going east to New Haven as that path is the most secluded and follows the river which is visible for most of the way. What is particularly nice is that these are not straight boring rail trails through corn fields. There is a lot of variety and distractions along the way. There are a few short bits in town that are a bit trafficy but they're quickly forgotton as most of the ride is along the river and through parks.

Kiwanis Trail (MI)

Shady Saturday Glide

August, 2022 by jonmodene

Excellent trail. Great condition (8/22). Lots of shade. Highly recommend it.

Fishing Line Trail


July, 2022 by lifebehindbars

First time on the trail.
Love the tunnel of trees!
The hidden switchbacks can sneak up on you.
Wish the trail was much longer than 7.7

Wabash & Erie Canal Towpath Trail

Pleasant and Calming. Nice Short Trail

July, 2022 by bentriderken

This isn't one of the greatest scenic trails but it does have unique beauty if you look close enough. The best feature is the wetland the borders one side of some of the trail. While we didn't see much wildlife, meadow flowers were in bloom. There is a boardwalk overlook with many hibiscus in full bloom. We went in mid July. More people were riding on a Monday morning than we expected. The surface was great.

Wabash Cannonball Trail

Pleasantly surprising

July, 2022 by jmk355

Parked at Keener Park, which has a lot of parking, restrooms and water. Rode east until turn on southern leg, went to Fulton-Lucas Rd (CR1) where the pavement ended. Turned north on CR1 for 4.5 mi and only had 4 cars pass me on a Saturday late morning. Turned west when rejoined the northern leg and rode thru pavement end, before trying to go further about a mile over coarsely crushed stone surface and grass.

Turned back and proceeded past Keener Park and past south fork to Wabash Cannonball Connector trail which winds past mall and over freeway to Fallen Timbers monument area. Down the hill to the trails in the Side Cut Metropark along the muddy Maumee River. Then back up to Keener Park- about 52 miles.

Although my plans had been to ride further west until the trail became too bumpy even on my hybrid, adventuring over to Fallen Timbers and the park more than made up for my disappointment. There is a lot of history and scenic things to see that I might have otherwise missed had I hit my distance goal (50) sooner.

Not a destination trail yet as the unpaved surface needs improvement, but certainly a great day trip and one I would repeat in the future.

Wabash Cannonball Trail

nice place to bike

July, 2022 by pnhoppers

Had a great time. Some shade riding. They have a portable potty. Nice place to park.

Towpath Trail

very nice

June, 2022 by whalenmat

Enjoyable bike ride liked how the residents decorate trail. Peaceful by the river with a lot of wild life

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