COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources recently announced the release of the 2019 Ohio Trails Vision, which updates the statewide trails plan and lays the foundation for the advancement of the state’s trails system.

"Ohio’s trails are a passport to some of our state’s most stunning locations," said Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. "The Ohio Trails Vision serves as a framework to manage and promote our trails, and I appreciate the efforts of everyone involved in this project to ensure we have a clear path for our trails moving forward."

Created in collaboration with the Ohio Legislative Trails Caucus, the Ohio Trails Partnership and public input gathered from surveys and meetings across the state, the Ohio Trails Vision will serve as a road map for partnerships on trail development, connectivity and maintenance throughout the state.

"This is an exciting time for trails in our state, and the 2019 Ohio Trails Vision will help guide development as we continue to build Ohio’s world-class trails system," said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. "I want to congratulate our legislative leaders, partners in state government, trails advocacy groups and anyone who took the time to share their input on how to make this the best possible plan for Ohio."

The plan lays out a vision — that Ohio is a leader in providing sustainable trails for all users, offering an extraordinary network of world-class recreation and transportation opportunities linking communities, people and places while stimulating economic and social vitality.

To learn more about Ohio’s trails system and to view the 2019 Ohio Trails Vision, visit trails.ohiodnr.gov.