Camping in Madison County, Ohio


is the bicentennial year for London, Ohio, the county seat for Madison County. To help celebrate the event, various activities are planned throughout the year, especially over the Fourth of July weekend. The Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails will sponsor a family bicycle tour from London to Brighton. This fun ride will start at Cowling Park on Main Street and Park Avenue from 7-9 a.m. on Saturday, July 2nd. It will follow rural roads through the mostly flat to slightly rolling hills, past many farms and scenic countryside. Take your time and enjoy the sites along the way, such as the London State Fish Hatchery. Rural Brighton, Ohio, is a bit more laid back than its namesake in England, but enjoy the rest and refreshments when you arrive. The return trip to London will be by a different route to keep your adventure interesting. There are stops at various activities, including the Madison County Historical Society and the quilt display at the First Presbyterian Church. At the end of the ride, there will be food vendors in the cool shade at Cowling Park. Your total round-trip will be about 28 miles, should you decide to include the rural Brighton loop.

The $15 pre-registration fee includes:
   • detailed tour map,
   • identification number (which must be displayed at all times),
   • support services, and
   • food stop

Special commemorative London Bicentennial t-shirts are available for $15 and polo shirts for $25. They can be pre-ordered for pick up on the day of the ride or pre-shipped for an additional $5 shipping fee. Printable order forms are available on An embroidered Bicentennial patch is available for $10 or free with a Bicentennial Membership. For more information, visit the London Bicentennial website at

All pre-registrations must be received by Saturday, June 25th. We plan our tours by the number of pre-registrations received, so please help us out by signing up early. We are sorry but refunds cannot be made after June 25th if you are unable to ride after you have pre-registered. Registrations received after June 25th, including the day of the tour, will be $20.

How do I get there? London is located in Central Ohio approximately 25 miles west of Columbus. From I-71 take exit 85 (St. Rt. 56). Then go north on St. Rt. 56 into London (10 miles). From I-70, you may take exit 79 (U. S. 42). Then go south on U.S. 42 into London (8 miles). As you enter the city of London, sign-in at Cowling Park located on Main Street (St. Rt. 56) north of the courthouse (0.4 mi.) at Park Avenue.

Click here to download and print a copy of the tour registration form.

Click here for a map of the 13.1-mile tour.

Click here for a map of the 28.6-mile tour.

Click here for a detail map of downtown London.

PayPal now available

We now offer PayPal as a convenient and secure option for registering.

You will still be required to fill out a registration form and sign the liability waiver when you arrive for the event.
You may want to print one out on our website and bring it along.

When you click on the "Register Now" button,
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If you prefer, you can continue to print out a registration form and mail us a check.
Mailing instructions are included on all registration forms.

London to Brighton Bicentennial Bicycle Tour
Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails
P.O. Box 308
London, Ohio  43140