The water tail is a total of 27 miles long. It begins at the shale cliffs of the Vermilion River Reservation and follows until the Vermilion River empties out into Lake Erie, cutting through downtown Vermilion. It then continues along the shoreline, passing Showse Park of Vermilion and Lakeview Park of Lorain. It enters the mouth of the Black River and goes through downtown Lorain and passes the U.S. Steel Mill. The trail ends at Bur Oak Picnic Area of the Black River Reservation in Elyria. Kayaks and canoes can access the trail at several points. Signage will be posted in the coming months at these points.

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