OWASIPPE TRAILS ARE CLOSED
Effective January 1, 2021, Owasippe’s trail system will be CLOSED to the public until further notice. Our goal is to reopen to public trail use as soon as possible. Please read below for further information.
Owasippe’s trail use has been managed and insured by the Owasippe Outdoor Education Center (OOEC) for the past 17 years, but management will transition to Pathway to Adventure Council, BSA (PTAC) at the end of 2020. OOEC have been wonderful stewards of Owasippe, and have decided that the time has come to transition out of this trail management role. Because of a gap in insurance coverage for this type of activity on our property, we are not able to offer public access at this time. Currently PTAC is finalizing insurance coverage and expects to have this resolved promptly. Once the situation is resolved, we will announce the date public trail access will resume.
Mountain Biking at Owasippe
2021 Waiver FormBuy your 2021 Seasonal and Day Passes here
Owasippe offers approximately 75 miles of trails that meander through oak savannahs, towering hills, marshy fields, and reforested lands. With a little patience and an alert eye, hikers may see any one of the 19 rare or endangered species that call Owasippe home.
While our trails are open for public use for much of the year, there are some cautions and regulations that we ask you to be aware of. Overall, we ask that users respect this property with conservation-minded principles, low-impact use, and care for the surroundings.
- A parking permit is required for all vehicles. Parking is available only at the Ad Center parking lot, located at 9900 Russell Road. Pre-paid permits must be displayed prominently on the vehicle dashboard.
- The parking fee is $10 per vehicle for a daily pass, $60 per vehicle for a seasonal pass. A seasonal pass is valid for the calendar year in which it is purchased.
- Limit 4 people per vehicle permit.
- All trails are closed starting at dusk on the second Saturday in June and reopen at dawn on the second Monday in August. There is limited access thru October 18 and trails close again from mid-October 19 thru mid-December for deer gun seasons. Bow hunting is permitted on the property during the months of October and January, so extra care should be used during that time.
- Trail hours are from dawn until dusk.
- A land use waiver form is required to be completed and turned in by each participant prior to trail use. You can download a copy of that form here, and print off as many copies as you need. Waivers must be turned in at the envelope drop box at the parking kiosk.
- Permits may be purchased on our website here, or by using the self-registration envelopes at the parking kiosk. All Annual Waiver forms and any on-site registration must be deposited in the yellow envelope box at the trailhead kiosk.
- Hiking is available on all marked trails. There are four different colors of trail routes, and the white trails are connector trails between those routes. Plan your hike and follow the markers carefully. Download Owasippe Hiking Trail Map here.
- Biking is available only on certain designated trails. See our Owasippe Bike Trails Map for those routes. Again, remain on designated trails only.
- Alcohol, firearms, fireworks, open flames, and overnight use are all prohibited.
- Be safe. Bring water and appropriate clothing. All trails close at dusk.
Failure to follow these rules may result in towing of unregistered vehicles, notification to police of trespassing and/or destruction of property, banning users from the property, or other consequences.