The Olentangy River flows past The Ohio State University campus and is the western boundary for University District neighborhoods. The university and surrounding community have embraced the river and are making strides to restore it to a more natural state with several recreational opportunities. Grab your bike or take one from one of the area's COGO bikeshare stations and visit the natural and built sights along the Olentangy.


What you will discover: 
Nature, wildlife, outdoor education, historic buildings, recreation, cool bridges, public art

3 hr 3 mile

3 hr
3 mile

2 hr 3 mile 

2 hr
3 mile 

Public Transport:
COGO Bikeshare - visit website for passes and pricing

Parking: 
Free off-street parking available at the Tuttle Community Recreation Center.

Stop #1  | CoGo Bike Share

Need a bike? Columbus has got you covered! The city's bike share system has an extensive network of stations to get you just about anywhere you need to go. For this tour there is a convenient station located in front of Riverwatch Tower on the Lane Avenue sidewalk. Or find one closest to you using the GoGo site. Closest station: 364 W Lane Ave, Columbus, OH 43210 Map & Info

Need a bike? Columbus has got you covered! The city's bike share system has an extensive network of stations to get you just about anywhere you need to go. For this tour there is a convenient station located in front of Riverwatch Tower on the Lane Avenue sidewalk. Or find one closest to you using the GoGo site.

Closest station: 364 W Lane Ave, Columbus, OH 43210
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Stop #2 | Olentangy Trail

The Olentangy Trail runs the length of the river from downtown Columbus to the suburb of Worthington. This popular multi-use trail connects several parks and green spaces and can be accessed at just about any cross street. Be sure to take in the beautiful views of the Olentangy along the way! Map & Info

The Olentangy Trail runs the length of the river from downtown Columbus to the suburb of Worthington. This popular multi-use trail connects several parks and green spaces and can be accessed at just about any cross street. Be sure to take in the beautiful views of the Olentangy along the way!

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Stop #3 | Ohio Stadium

Historic Ohio Stadium (colloquially known as "The Shoe") was built in 1922 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Later expanded to its current capacity of 104,944 people, it is the third largest football stadium in the United States. Take the top route of the Olentangy Trail for some excellent views of this hallowed structure. 411 Woody Hayes Drive, Columbus, OH 43210 Map & Info

Historic Ohio Stadium (colloquially known as "The Shoe") was built in 1922 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Later expanded to its current capacity of 104,944 people, it is the third largest football stadium in the United States. Take the top route of the Olentangy Trail for some excellent views of this hallowed structure.

411 Woody Hayes Drive, Columbus, OH 43210
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Stop #5 | Lane Avenue Bridge & River Restoration

The Lane Avenue Bridge sails across the Olentangy River with ease at a span of 370 feet. The modern cable-stay design provides an iconic gateway into the University District. Stop halfway for sweeping views of the Olentangy River restoration project. River channel renovations have added natural marsh areas, riffles, and restored banks.  Map & Info

The Lane Avenue Bridge sails across the Olentangy River with ease at a span of 370 feet. The modern cable-stay design provides an iconic gateway into the University District. Stop halfway for sweeping views of the Olentangy River restoration project. River channel renovations have added natural marsh areas, riffles, and restored banks. 

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Stop #6 | Chadwick Arboretum

The 62 acre greespace on the west side of the Olentangy River has several features including a learning garden, lake, green roof, and integrated art sculptures. Several events are scheduled throughout the year - check the website for a schedule. You can also access their mobile-app for a guided tour of the gardens' features. 202 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Rd, Columbus, OH 43210 Map & Info

The 62 acre greespace on the west side of the Olentangy River has several features including a learning garden, lake, green roof, and integrated art sculptures. Several events are scheduled throughout the year - check the website for a schedule. You can also access their mobile-app for a guided tour of the gardens' features.

202 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Rd, Columbus, OH 43210
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Stop #6 The Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park

Head north on the Olentangy Trail from Lane Avenue and you will soon reach the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park after a bridge crossing. The park is run by the The Ohio State University School of Environment & Natural Resources. Open to the public during daylight hours, the park contains several marshes, a bottomland hardwood forest, and an educational facility. Guided tours may be arranged in advance.  352 W Dodridge Street, Columbus, OH 43202 Map & Info

Head north on the Olentangy Trail from Lane Avenue and you will soon reach the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park after a bridge crossing. The park is run by the The Ohio State University School of Environment & Natural Resources. Open to the public during daylight hours, the park contains several marshes, a bottomland hardwood forest, and an educational facility. Guided tours may be arranged in advance. 

352 W Dodridge Street, Columbus, OH 43202
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