Miami Valley Trails
Little Miami Scenic Trail (The Loveland Trail) - This trail is consistently rated in the top 10 rail trails in the USA. It starts in Newtown (down South) and is paved, flat and very scenic for approximately 90 miles north to Urbana, OH.
The best accesses for parking and facilities (e.g. rest rooms, water, picnic shelters) are in downtown Loveland (visit our shop!), Fosters, Morrow, Corwin, Xenia and Yellow Springs. The section south from Milford through Terrace Park and on into Newtown offers parking available at Avoca Park (off Wooster Pike), Bass Island and the Golf Course on Newtown Road. If you would like more info., contact our Loveland location at 513-583-8600 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wolf Creek Rail Trail - 16.2 miles - Dayton to Verona. This wide and smooth paved trail runs slightly uphill to Verona, which makes it very fast and easy on the way back. Scenic small towns and farms, not much shade.
River Corridor Bikeway - Dayton - 57 miles, plus 12 miles total for Hamilton & Middletown segments - Multi-use pavement running along the Great Miami River.
*For detailed descriptions, maps and descriptions of these trails and more, check out www.miamivalleytrails.org.
Great Parks of Hamilton County
Shaker Trace - Miami Whitewater Forest - 9 miles - Scenic, not shady with curves and small hills.
Sharon Woods - 2.6 miles - Usually lots of walkers and joggers, scenic and shady.
Winton Woods - 2.6 miles - Flat path along the beautiful 156 acre lake, including multiple campgrounds.
*For more information about these trails, please visit www.greatparks.org.
Lunken Airport/Otto Armleder - 8 miles total - Paved trail that wraps around Lunken Airport and connects to Otto Armleder park. Armleder Park has a large playground, soccer fields, and a huge dog park. These trails are also apart of the Ohio River Trail. The Ohio River Trail connects to downtown Cincinnati, which runs along the Ohio River. A large, paved section of the path runs from Friendship Park down to the Cincinnati Bengals stadium.
For more information on Ohio's paved bike trails, please visit http://www.dot.state.oh.us/bike/links.htm
Mitchell Memorial Forest - Cleves, OH
Description: 8 miles - Trail A has 4 miles of beginner/intermediate trail, Trail B has 4 miles of intermediate/advanced trail, with some off-camber rocky sections. 95% singletrack, two short gravel/grassy roads. Lots of rocks and roots, not a lot of elevation gain, but still a few long, fun downhills. Old-school meets new-school style of trail. Download Trail Map or visit Great Parks of Hamilton Co.
East Fork State Park - Bethel, OH
Location - 3294 Elklick Rd, Bethel, OH 45106
Trailhead: Upon entering park, you will see a sign for the mountain bike and hiking trails. Turn left as the sign indicates. Following on a gravel road, through 2 small ponds and you will find the parking lot next to the trailheads.
Trail Description: Over 10 miles - Trail is all singletrack with beginner, intermediate and advanced trails. Lots of roots, some log-overs on intermediate/advanced trails. Very little elevation, one big, technical creek crossing w/ some scenic rides along the lake. Download Trail Map *Beginner Friendly*
Harbin Park - Fairfield, OH
Location - 1300 (end of) Hunter Rd., Fairfield, OH 45014
Trailhead - From Cincinnati (I-275), take US 127 north into Fairfield. Turn left on Hunter Road and follow signs to the nature trails. This is a city park with lots of paved parking.
Trail Description - 6-7 miles - There are several trails available here that all end in the same place. You'll find some good steep hills and narrow singletrack. Technical downhills w/ roots and logs. Download Trail Map
Hueston Woods State Park - Oxford, OH
Location - 6301 Park Office Road, College Corner, OH 45003
Trailhead- There are several entrances to the park - the main entrance is from State Route 732. From Oxford, go north on State Route 732 for 5 miles. Turn left into the park entrance. Bear right onto Loop Road - follow this road for approximately 4 miles. Turn right on Hedge Row Road and follow signs toward camping area. Immediately after the camping area, there is a parking lot on the left - park there - the trail starts opposite the lot.
Trail Description - 13 miles - Mostly intermediate to advanced singletrack. Many of the trails loop back to the main path so it's hard to get lost. Old school meets new school w/ some tight, steep switchbacks. Typical region land- roots, some rocks.
Landen Deerfield - Maineville, OH
Location - 2258 US RT 22, Maineville, OH 45039
Trailhead - From Cincinnati, take I-71N to Fields-Ertel Rd exit. Turn right at end of exit ramp and take Fields-Ertel to Montgomery Rd. Turn left (north) onto Montgomery Rd. Continue about 1 mile past Landen Square shopping center. Park is on left and has good signage. Turn left into park and follow the main road all the way back to the last picnic shelter. There is a trail map in the shelter and the start is right next to it.
Trail Description - 3-4 miles - The trails are all singletrack with some technical sections and creek crossings. Trails here are one-way and are very clearly marked with arrows, very little elevation. Maps are posted along the trail. *Beginner Friendly*
Caeser Creek State Park - Waynesville, OH
Location - 8750 East S.R. 73, Waynesville, OH 45068
Trailhead - Interstate 71 to State Rt. 73 exit. Go west on Rt. 73 for about 5 miles. Turn right on Harveysburg Rd. The trailhead is at the end of Harveysburg Rd. (about 1.5 miles). There are two other trailheads in the park also - one at the campgrounds and one off of Ward Road.
Trail Description - 13 miles - Dedicated mountain bike trail system that loops around part of the lake w/ several creek crossings. Much of the trail is singletrack with some pretty technical sections. Although there aren't any sustained climbs or descents, several short and steep drop-offs and climbs await you.
John Bryan State Park - Yellow Springs, OH
Location - 3790 State Route 370, Yellow Springs, OH 45387
Directions - From Cincinnati, take I-71N to Xenia exit. Follow Route 35 northwest to Rt. 72 north. At Clifton take Route 343 west and follow signs to John Bryan State Park. Bear left through park to Arboretum Trail. Parking is just a bit down the road on the right behind the day lodge.
Trail Description - 12 miles - Get on the Arboretum trail. Singletrack begins shortly on left. Follow markers. Little to no elevation, tight and twisty turns. In general, very open trails. View Map Here. *Very Beginner Friendly*
ADDITIONAL TRAILS in Ohio: MOMBA (MetroParks Mountain Bike Area) at Huffman Metro Park, Dayton, OH - Paint Creek State Park, Bainbridge, OH - Lake Hope State Park, Athens, OH - Scioto Trail State Forest, Chillicothe, OH - Alum Creek State Park, Delaware, OH
For more information on Ohio Mountain Biking Trails contact the Ohio State Parks. http://www.ohiodnr.com/Default.aspx?alias=www.ohiodnr.com/parks
NORTHERN KENTUCKY TRAILS
Devou Park - Covington, KY
Location - 460 Deverill St, Ludlow, KY 41016
Trailhead: From Kyles Lane, turn right onto Dixie Highway. Take an immediately left onto Sleepy Hollow Rd. You will go down a long, winding hill (crossing over Amsterdam Rd). There is a trailhead at the bottom of Sleepy Hollow by the Carlisle ball field, where the street changes to Deverill St.
Description - 12 miles - These trails have the most elevation that you will find on a MTB trail system in the Greater Cincinnati area, which makes for the most gnar downhills too! The Sleepy Hollow trail, opened in 2015, was built wide for catching big air. The remainder of the trail is mostly singletrack, with one downhill trail. These trails are FUN- sweet berms and rollers! For more information and trail map, visit Devou Park Trails.
England Idlewild Park - Burlington, KY
Trailhead - Drive to the back of the park and turn right just before Ball Field #7. Park at end of the driveway and ride the paved bike path over to the trail map kiosk. Multiple trail entrances are right here. For more information and trail map, visit England Idlewild Trails.
Trail Description - 12 miles - Four trails - Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Technical . *Beginner Friendly*
Tower Park - Ft. Thomas, KY
Location - 950 South Fort Thomas Ave.
Directions - From Cincinnati, take I-471 South to the U.S. Rt.27 exit. Turn left onto Rt. 27 and then left onto Grandview Ave. Turn left onto Ft. Thomas Ave. ( at 4 way stop sign ) and then right on Tower Place and follow signs to park.
Trail Description - 4 miles - Very technical singletrack, lots of rocks, roots and off-camber sections. The Cincinnati Off-Road Alliance (IMBA) did not start maintaining Tower until the summer of 2016. Therefore, it is still very rugged. If you want to enhance your skill level, this is the trail for you!
Cave Run Lake - Morehead, KY
Location - Ky. Rt. 801 near Morehead, KY
Directions - From Cincinnati, take I-75 south to I-64 east. Proceed east on I-64 to the Kentucky Rt. 801 exit. Go south on Ky. 801 to the ranger station about 5.5 miles down the road on the right. We recommend stopping there and getting a map before you hit the trails. There are many miles of trails here in some serious terrain and would be real esy to get lost.
Trail Description - There are close to 90 miles of trails open to mountain bikes around Cave Run Lake and only about 2 hours from Cincinnati - well worth the drive. Note: Watch out for horses. Sometimes there are more horses than bikers here. You will also share some trails with ATV's.
Versailles State Park - Versailles, IN
Location - US Route 50, Versailles, IN (812)689-6424
Directions - From the Cincinnati area, take I-275 west to US Route 50 (Lawrenceberg exit) to Versailles
Trail Description - There are 9+ miles of singletrack and fire roads. One beginner ride is Turtle Loop (about 2 miles). All other trails are intermediate level. All trails are shared with hikers and are open year round. Night riding is available until 11:00 PM year round. More trails will be added with the emphasis on fire roads. *Beginner Friendly*
Brown County State Park - Nashville, IN (IMBA Ranked- Top Epic Trail in the Nation)