Little Miami Bike Trail


Little Miami Bike Trail

The Little Miami Bike Trail is a rail trail in Ohio. Also known as Little Miami State Park but most commonly as the Little Miami Scenic Trail, it forms an unusual linear state park in the southwestern part of the state Ohio, running convert|70|mi long and convert|66|ft wide, totaling about convert|707|acre. The trail is a small section of the Ohio to Erie Trail.

North of Hedges Road between Spring Valley and Xenia, the Trail continues for convert|15|mi managed by Greene County, and then another nine miles managed by [http://www.ntprd.org/ National Trail Parks and Recreation District] north to Springfield. The bike trail was started in 1984,cite web|url=http://www.lovelandoh.com/upload/attachment%20c.doc|title=Amendment and Addition to the City of Loveland Downtown Historic Redevelopment Plan|work=Historic Downtown Loveland Request For Proposals|author=City of Loveland|date=2004-09-28|accessdate=2007-05-28|format=Word] along the right-of-way of the old Little Miami Railroad from Milford in Clermont County to Spring Valley in Greene County along the eastern bank of the Little Miami River.

From Milford, it goes north to Loveland, Fosters, Kings Mills (on the opposite shore) at the old Peters Cartridge Company, South Lebanon, Morrow, Fort Ancient, under the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge, to Oregonia, Corwin (near Waynesville), Spring Valley, Xenia, Yellow Springs, and to Springfield.

The City of Lebanon in 2004 began construction on the Lebanon Countryside Trail, a spur about five miles from the city south to the trail, partly over the former Middletown and Cincinnati Railroad right-of-way. The trail opened in late 2005.

At [http://www.miamivalleytrails.org/station.htm Xenia Station] , the trail intersects with several existing or planned trails: the [http://www.miamivalleytrails.org/creeks.htm Creekside Trail] , the [http://www.miamivalleytrails.org/james.htm Xenia-Jamestown Connector] , and the [http://www.ohiotoerietrail.org Ohio to Erie Trail] .

The trail has been extended south from Milford through Terrace Park and Newtown, Ohio to Bass Island, convert|55|mi south of Xenia. Eventually the trail will extend to Clear Creek, then it will follow the Little Miami River until its mouth at the Ohio River, where the trail will continue west towards downtown Cincinnati.

References

*Robert L. Black. "The Little Miami Railroad". Cincinnati: n.p., 1940.
*Art Weber. "Ohio State Parks". Saginaw, Michigan: Glovebox Guidebooks, 1995. ISBN 1-881139-04-2.
*"Greene County Greene Ways" map and brochure, available at the Xenia Station kiosk, and [http://www.co.greene.oh.us/news.htm#bikepathmap online] .

See also

* Rail trail
* Loveland Bike Trail

External links

* [http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/parks/parks/lilmiami.htm The park's official site]
* [http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/parks/parkmaps/lmiami.gifMap of the trail]
* [http://www.yellowsprings.com/bikepath.html An unofficial guide to the trail]
* [http://www.miamivalleytrails.org/miami.htm Little Miami Scenic Trail] (detailed trail description with photos)
* [http://www.oki.org/transportation/bike/littlemiami.html Little Miami Scenic Trail Users Study]
* [http://www.hamiltoncountyparks.org/index/LM_Trail_Update.pdf Little Miami Trail Update - PDF showing map of new Trail construction south of Milford, Ohio]
* [http://www.ntprd.org/ National Trail Parks and Recreation District]
* [http://www.americantrails.org/resources/info/longest.html Longest paved trails in the world]
* [http://www.ohiotoerietrail.org Ohio to Erie Trail]
*wikitravelpar|Little Miami Bike Trail


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