About Us


About Tri-State Trails

Our mission is to connect people and places with a regional trail and bikeway network that enhances vibrancy and equity in our community.


Advocate for connecting and expanding the regional trail and bikeway network


Collect and maintain data on trails locally


Provide technical assistance to local governments and community groups


Connect trail planners, managers, advocates and users to share best practices


Promote and celebrate existing trails in the Tri-State

Our Story

Tri-State Trails was organized in 2012 when Green Umbrella convened partners from around Greater Cincinnati to craft a connected vision for our fragmented regional trail network. Those initial discussions revealed how much interest there is to link our communities with trails and bikeways. With support from Interact for Health, we prepared a 9-county Regional Trails Plan in 2014 and hired our first full-time team member in 2015. Since then, Tri-State Trails has grown to become the leading advocacy group for active transportation issues in Greater Cincinnati.


Tri-State Trails is an initiative of Green Umbrella, Greater Cincinnati’s regional sustainability alliance. Green Umbrella leads collaboration, incubates ideas and catalyzes solutions that create a resilient, sustainable region for all. We envision a vibrant community where sustainability is woven into our ways of life. Our systems-level work has the goal of improving the health of our region's people, climate and landscape.


Wasson Way

We’re moving forward!

Since we began our work in 2012, more than 30 miles of trails and 63 miles of on-road bikeways have been built, and more than 150 partners are collaborating to connect our region.


Want to get involved?

Thanks to the support of our partners, volunteers and donors, we continue to move toward a more connected, more active Tri-State region.




Meet Our Team

Wade Johnston -2021

Wade Johnston, AICP - Director

An avid commuter cyclist and outdoor enthusiast, Wade is working to change people's everyday interaction with the built environment and the outdoors in Greater Cincinnati. Wade joined Tri-State Trails as its first full time staff member in 2015. He earned his Bachelor of Urban Planning from the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning with a focus on multi-modal transportation, Geographic Information Science, and public relations. He previously worked for several years as a planning and zoning consultant in the private sector. Wade is an active member of the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Rachel Culley - 2021

Rachel Culley - Trail & Bikeway Coordinator

Rachel is passionate about the power active transportation has to improve economic vitality, public health, and civic equity. A recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s Bachelor of Urban Planning program at the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, Rachel supported Tri-State Trails' Trail Monitoring Program in 2018 and 2019. Prior to joining the Tri-State Trails team full time in 2020, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Cincinnati’s Mill Creek valley neighborhoods. Rachel's ultimate goal is to foster a community that is more connected, with healthy people and a resilient environment.

Caitlin Sparks - 2021

Caitlin Sparks - Communications & Events Manager

Caitlin believes safely connecting people to their community and the greater outdoors is not just good recreational fun but the future of how we travel and thrive. She came to Tri-State Trails in October 2021 from Kentuckians For The Commonwealth where she worked as the Visual Communications Manager helping build campaigns advancing voting rights, clean energy, and a fair democracy across the state. She grew up in Boone County, Kentucky where she attended Northern Kentucky University graduating with a Bachelor in Fine Arts. When Caitlin’s not working she enjoys riding bikes with friends, hanging out with her two cats Yin and Mons, and listening to podcasts at home in Dayton, Kentucky.

Nathan Alley - Sierra Club & New Richmond Planning Commission
Jason Barron - Red Bike
Larry Bloomfield - Cincinnati Cycle Club & Queen City Bike
Brad Bowers - Anderson Township
Scott Brunka - City of Lebanon
Matt Butler - The Devou Good Project
Na Chen - University of Cincinnati
Terry Duffy - Whitewater Canal Trail
Megan Folkerth - Interact for Health
Wade Johnston - Tri-State Trails / Green Umbrella
Summer Jones - OKI Regional Council of Governments

Daniel Menetrey - Boone County Fiscal Court
Ryan Mooney-Bullock - Green Umbrella
Jenifer Moore - AAA
Becky Osinski - Great Parks of Hamilton County
Jason Reser - Reser Bicycle Outfitters
John Schroder - Christ Hospital
Jesse Urbanscik - Colerain Township
Rob Wile - City of Hamilton Resident
Tanner Yess - Groundwork Ohio River Valley
Bob Yoder - Southbank Partners & City of Dayton, KY