Chardon, Ohio


This 21-mile trail connects users from Colburn Road at the Lake/Geauga County border to Reeves Road in Parkman Township.

Maple Highlands Trail Phase I & II

The Maple Highlands Trail is a north-south, off-road all-purpose trail that connects multiple communities in Geauga County. Its main purpose is to provide an alternative transportation and recreational corridor to promote multimodal and non-motorized activity within the City of Chardon and Geauga County, as well as provide connectivity to the entire Maple Highlands Trail network.

For Phases I and II, Environmental Design Group provided engineering, design and right-of-way services, including design of necessary earthwork and grading, paving, drainage, erosion control, landscaping, trailheads, striping, signing and ADA accessibility. For Phase II, out team provided a preliminary trail alignment study, conceptual trail alignment, cost opinion, typical sections and grant writing assistance. The grant application on behalf of the City of Chardon successfully obtained approximately $2 million from a combination of NOACA STP and TAP funds, as well as ODNR Clean Ohio Recreational Trail Funds.

Phase I, a 0.47-mile-long section of the trail extending from Fifth Avenue down to Water Street, travels through the heart of the City of Chardon and is now fully constructed. Phase II is 0.86 miles long, currently under design, and completes the missing section of the network 21-mile trail network. The Phase I trail is funded by the Federal Transportation Alternative Program (formally referred to as the Transportation Enhancement Program) and is designed to AASHTO standards. The project stems from a NOACA TLCI (Transportation for Livable Communities) grant in 2005.