The Heritage Trail is my go-to when I just want to put in some quick miles on the bike without worrying about traffic or the congestion on the Olentangy Trail.
The trail runs from Old Hilliard almost to Plain City (there are vague plans to eventually connect it to Plain City, but for now you need to ride on the roads if you want to go all the way into PC). It's very flat and very straight. There are a few road intersections, but it's usually pretty easy to get across. Closer to Hilliard and around the Hayden Run dog park it's a little more crowded, but nothing like the Olentangy. It's rare on this trail to have to slow down and wait for oncoming traffic to go around a jogger or slower cyclist. That's why it's a nice no fuss trail. It's also a good place to bring folks who are just starting to ride a bike again.
The trail starts out going through subdivisions and then goes through farmers' fields. None of the scenery is spectacular, but it's pleasant.
I always park at the Old Hilliard end and do the trail that way. You can also park at a couple of the other trailheads. Some people bike all the way in from Columbus/UA but I'm not brave enough to tackle Fishinger Road on my bike. There are some restaurants and cafes in Old Hilliard for post-ride refreshments.
If you're just visiting Columbus I'd hardly put the Heritage Trail in the "must visit" category. But if you're staying on that side of town and looking for a place to get some exercise, or you live here and want to go for an easy bike ride, it's worth checking out.
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