Olentangy River Water Trail

The Olentangy Water Trail runs through the heart of Columbus, from the Broad Meadows pedestrian bridge downstream to the confluence with the Scioto River. The trail provides access to several Columbus parks and flows through historic neighborhoods and The Ohio State University campus. Proximity to the Olentangy Trail allows for a combination of paddling and cycling opportunities.

Trail Information

8.94 Miles  |  Class I-II
Access Points
Featured Attractions
Olentangy River Water Trail Map

Trail Sections

Section A

Those who seek a quieter more natural experience will enjoy this section of the water trail, which flows mainly through wooded parkland. There are no low-head dams in this section of the river, making it ideal for uninterrupted paddling.

Section B

Although this section of the water trail boasts some interesting scenery (Union Cemetery and The Ohio State University Water Trail Sections Wetlands), it also contains a series of three low-head dams that must be portaged for safety. If you choose to utilize this part of the trail, be prepared to carry your canoe or kayak for several hundred yards at a time.

Section C

In this urban section of the trail, paddlers can view The Ohio State University Campus and Ohio Stadium and catch views of downtown Columbus.