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Bike Trails

and Bicycle Travel

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TRAILS

Buck Creek Trail

6 Miles: Springfield to Buck Creek State Park 

   The trail starts at Veterans Park in downtown Springfield, where unusually large outcrops of limestone remind visitors that an ancient river helped carve out the modern landscape. It then passes an outdoor amphitheater and the Springfield Museum of Art before following Buck Creek to Old Reid Park (a fishing area) and then into the state park boundaries. At Buck Creek State Park, several more miles of trails lead to swimming, camping, fishing, hiking, boating and much more. 

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CREEKSIDE

Creekside Trail

15 Miles: Eastwood MetroPark (Dayton) to Xenia

   Creekside Trail connects Dayton with Xenia (and also the two largest trail systems in the network) and starts at Eastwood MetroPark. The first leg of the trip is very urban and passes a legal graffiti wall where artists have painted—and continue to paint—interesting scenes and images. The bike path follows the length of the wall before again returning to the countryside. It then passes a 9/11 memorial in Beavercreek.

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DAY KETT

Dayton-Kettering Connector Trail

7.1 Miles: Iron Horse Trail on Wilmington Pike to RiverScape MetroPark 

   At this time, 1.9 miles of this trail is paved multi-use and 5.2 miles is shared roadway and bike lanes, including as it passes through the heart of downtown Dayton. So, if you're looking for an urban cycling experience, this is your trail. If not, it isn't!

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GREAT LITTLE

Great Little Trail

7 Miles: Waterbury Ridge Lane in Centerville to Crains Run Park in Miamisburg

   The plan for this trail is to one day use it to connect the Great Miami Recreational Trail with the Little Miami Scenic Trail—hence its name. Starting in Centerville, the trail begins without fanfare, passing through a congested area next to Austin Landing. After this, however, it's pretty cool as the path drops down into the Miami Valley, eventually reaching the Great Miami River, and its bike trail.

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GREAT MIAI

Great Miami Recreational Trail

​77 Miles: from Piqua to Middletown + 16 miles that includes segments in Shelby County and Hamilton

   The diversity of the Great Miami Recreational Trail is what makes it so fun to ride from start to finish. You'll pass through big cities and small towns filled with shops, diners and tourist attractions, through deep stretches of forest and along the river, through dozens of parks and so much more. 

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IRON HORSE

Iron Horse Trail

7 Miles: Linden Avenue (Creekside Trail) in Dayton to Iron Horse Park in Centerville  

   This is not one of the most exciting trails in the Miami Valley Trails system, but it does a few highlights along the way.

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LITTLE MIAM

Little Miami Scenic Trail 

78 Miles: from Springfield to near the Ohio River in Cincinnati

   The Little Miami Scenic Trail is often listed as one of the best bike paths in the United States, and it lives up to this recognition. Taking 2 or 3 days to complete, the trail passes through great towns like Yellow Springs, Waynesville and Loveland (where lodging and food are available), as well as through some of the most beautiful parts of the state.

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MAD RIVER

Mad River Trail 

6.6 Miles: Deeds Point in Dayton to Huffman MetroPark  in Fairborn

   Starting at Deeds Point at the confluence of the Great Miami and Mad rivers and the nearby Stillwater River in downtown Dayton, the Mad River Trail follows the Mad River east to Huffman MetroPark. Here, it joins the Wright Brothers-Huffman Prairie Trail en route to Fairborn. 
   The trail is most notable because it follows a series of manmade lakes in Eastwood Park and then passes the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. It also follows a section of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, so expect to see a lot of barbed wire fences. 

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OHIO ERIE

Ohio to Erie Trail 

​29 Miles: London to Xenia Station 

    If you enjoy a straight, mostly flat, yet scenic ride through farmland and charming little towns, the Ohio to Erie Trail is for you. There are hotels and campgrounds right on the trail!

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OHIO IND

Ohio-to-Indiana Trail

21 Miles split between road and trail: 8 Miles paved trail from Troy-Sidney Road to Spiker Road in Piqua, plus the new section in Fletcher. Then a section in Gettysburg and three more segments in Greenville 

 Right now, the Ohio-to-Indiana Trail is the least-developed trail in the Miami Valley Trails network. It consists of seven segments, often separated by many miles on back country roads. However, it's a great trail with some great points of interest along the way, including passing through Greenville and Piqua.

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SIMON

Simon Kenton Trail

32 Miles: from Bellefontaine to Springfield

   If you’re looking for a relaxing, quiet and, yet, long bicycle ride through the flat countryside, the Simon Kenton Trail will be up your alley. Since this trail dead-ends into the Little Miami Scenic Trail, you can actually cycle more than 100 miles on what is probably one of the best one-two-punch trail combos in the country.

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Stillwater River Trail

STILLWATER
5 Miles: The south segment is from Island MetroPark in Dayton to Sinclair Park in Dayton. The north segment is from Grosnickle Park to Englewood MetroPark, both in Englewood

   Starting at Island MetroPark, and the confluence of the Great Miami and Stillwater rivers in Dayton, the southern segment of the trail passes Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark and DeWeese Park before ending at Sinclair Park near Shoup Mill. 

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WOLF

Wolf Creek Trail

​18.5 Miles: Verona to Great Miami Recreational Trail in west Dayton