Simon Kenton Pathfinders
The Simon Kenton Pathfinders is a charitable, non-profit (501 (c) 3) community organization formed in Summer of 1997 for the purposes of developing a multi-use trail in Champaign County of Ohio. The trail provides long term economic benefits, protects natural resources, provides a safe alternate transportation route, enhances the wellness and quality of life for Champaign County residents.

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Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Depot,

644 Miami Street, Urbana, OH.



Challenge from an anonymous Springfield Bikerider:

"I would like to make a challenge gift to help wind up the current fundraising. I will commit $1,000 cash if two additional $1,000 gifts or four $500 gifts are made between 3/15/14 and 4/30/14. These would be from individuals (not businesses) and cash in hand (not pledges). "


2014 Dues

If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to renew your annual membership to the Simon Kenton Pathfinders for 2014. Dues are $10.00 for individual, $20.00 for family. (Membership Form)


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A Review of SKP History

July 1997 – Simon Kenton Pathfinders founded with 17 members to develop a shared-use trail in Champaign County. (Now 200+ members.)

April 20, 1999 – Awarded $272,397 Transportation Enhancement Activity grant, in partnership with Champaign County commissioners, to construct Phase 1 of the Simon Kenton Trail (SKT) with 20% local match.

July 18, 2000 – Land for trail purchased with funds raised by SKP transferred from West Central Ohio Port Authority to the county commissioners.

July 1, 2001 – First section of the SKT is opened.

October 4, 2002 – Received $450,000 for Phase 2, in first year of Clean Ohio Trail Fund grant program. SKP raised the 25% match to extend the trail from Woodburn to County Line Road.

July 2003 – SKP purchased the old Pennsylvania Railroad Station, 644 Miami St., to restore and update the building for trail users and the community.

September 27, 2003 – Phase 2 completed as a partnership led by the Champaign County commissioners and including the Clark County commissioners, National Trails Park and Recreation District, City of Springfield, West Central Ohio Port Authority and Clark County Transportation Coordinating Committee.

October 17, 2004 – Completed 6.5 mile-section of SKP in City of Urbana with $1.1 million in federal funds plus a $250,000 ODNR grant.

March 2005 – SKP sold the building to the City of Urbana so it could qualify for funds for renovation. The City received $544,000 from the Ohio Department of Transportation for restoration, repair, new restrooms, landscaping, sidewalks and street lights.

Fall 2006 – Representatives of West Liberty and Bellefontaine met to join SKP and pursue connection of the trail to Logan County.

December 2006 – The City leased the depot to SKP.

April 15, 2007 – Depot opened to the public as a rest area, and SKP leased space to the Depot Coffeehouse.

July 2007 – SKP installed bike lockers at the depot on Miami Street. Available for one-year lease.

November 2007 – Began planning Phase 1 of the Urbana- Bellefontaine Connector of the SKT (1.25 miles from the Urbana Depot to near Grimes Field airport), collaborating with the City of Urbana.

Fall 2011 – Entered partnership with the City of Bellefontaine to apply for a Clean Ohio Trail Fund grant from the ODNR to fund Phase 2 of the Bellefontaine Connector, the largest section of trail to be developed in SKP’s history: 16.8 miles.

June 2012 – Phase 1 of Bellefontaine Connector completed.

December 2012 -- Awarded $500,000 Clean Ohio Trail Fund grant with 25% local match ($300,000) for Phase 2 connector construction.

June 30, 2014 – Projected opening of extension.


A 2014 wall calendar and poster, featuring artistic renderings of Champaign County historical landmarks and sites, are being sold to support the Simon KentonPathfinders. Karen Roebuck, Kendra Hunt and Jackie Watson (in photo), participants in the 2013 Leadership Champaign County class, coordinated the project, “Champaign County's Unspoken Treasures,” which features artwork by local high school art students and developmentally disabled adults.

To purchase calendars and posters contact SKP, PO Box 91, Urbana, OH 43078


The Weather in Urbana, Ohio


2 young brothers (age 4 and 7) take advantage of the nice weather to try their skills on the bike trail.

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We Are Volunteers!

Simon Kenton PathfindersThe Pathfinders (SKP) are a total volunteer organization.
All funds raised by the SKP are used for the expenses of trail maintenance and to create an endowment fund for trail maintenance.
All maintenance on the trail is done by volunteers within the organization.

Taking It To The Top!

Join The Pack to make the SKT Urbana-Bellefontaine connector a Reality

Levels of Support: (click here for more details)

Lead Pack: $50,000+

Breakaway: $10,000-$49,000

Paceline: $1,000- $9,999

Peloton: $100 - $999


Are We There Yet? Almost!

The end of the 18-mile Urbana-Bellefontaine trail extension project is in sight. The packed crushed limestone trail, from Urbana through West Liberty and on to Bellefontaine, will be completed by June 30.

Fund-raising continues, with $35,000 left of the $300,000 goal – the local match to the $500,000 Department of Natural Resources’ Clean Ohio Trail Fund grant. Many donors have made it possible – including the Mary Rutan Hospital Foundation and the Honda of America Foundation, which each donated or committed $50,000 to the project. Pioneer/DuPont in Urbana donated $10,000.

Bids have been accepted for decking of two bridges on the trail route. Trail construction will be put out for bid soon. Then it’s on to Bellefontaine!


From left, out on the new trail route, Terry Jones, Cecelia Lokai Minnich, Doug Chivington, Christie Barns, Craig Fultz, Tammy Allison, Bellefontaine Mayor Adam Brannon, Caroline Ramsey, Jim Wehrman, Carmen Scott, Nancy Lokai-Baldwin and Betsy Bohl.

Bentley Memorial Bike Ride Successful

This was the last year for the family of Ruth I. Bentley to serve as primary sponsor of the annual SKP September fund- raising bike ride. About 200 bicyclists joined in the fun. Many thanks to the Bentleys for honoring Ruth’s memory and supporting the trail.

Barrie Bentley, son of Ruth I. Bentley on 2013 ride

We’re now looking for a new lead sponsor. Your suggestions are welcome.


Volunteers of the Year

Cecelia Lokai Minnich. An SKP charter member,who serves on the board and maps out the routes for our annual bike rides.

Rusty Rhodes. For the past two years has picked up trash daily while riding the trail.


Pennies for the Path

Area schoolchildren again raised money for trail extension through Pennies for the Path. Audree Castle’s fourth grade class at Urbana East Elementary raised the most pennies – 13,904 – earning a special visit by Buckeyeman, and a pizza party. To date Bellefontaine, West Liberty and Urbana students have raised $11,240 for the Urbana-Bellefontaine connector!


Citizens throughout Logan and Champaign counties urged the Simon Kenton Pathfinders over two years ago to initiate efforts to extend the multi-use trail from Urbana north 16 miles to connect the communities of Urbana, West Liberty and Bellefontaine. As a result of those efforts, the City of Bellefontaine and Pathfinders filed an application for a $500,000 grant from the Clean Ohio Trail Fund with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. That grant was given final approval by the State Controlling Board at its January 14th meeting. Others who want to contribute may send their donation to the Simon Kenton Pathfinders, P. O. Box 91, Urbana, OH 43078.

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The success of the trail is dependent on all of our supporters.

Thank you very much!!

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