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Decent trail

By cwburke in September, 2016

Not very scenic in the rural areas, but we happen to enjoy cornfields and agricultural land. Springfield is the worst part of the section of trail from Xenia to Urbana, but we got through it without any problems. Not exactly an enjoyable part of the journey though!

North of Urbana the trail turns to gravel and it is substandard for rail trails. I wouldn't ride anything but a mountain bike on this section. We have a tandem with 32mm touring tires, which normally do fine on gravel rail trails. We turned around after about a quarter mile. The gravel is mostly 57s (not hard-pack), which is too course for hybrid type tires. We just couldn't see riding 16 miles up and 16 miles back on that stuff.

I don't want to complain too much, however. We live in northeastern KY where there are no paved bike trails and only one gravel rail trail that horses have tore up to the point that it is almost unridable on anything but mountain bikes. So the Ohio bike trail system is wonderful by comparison, even with its relatively minor flaws!!!

Hopefully they will be able to pave the northern section of this trail in the near future.

Urbana to Bellefontain

By mfoster61 in May, 2016

We cycle 2 to 3 thousand miles every years on the bike paths in western Ohio. We would love to cycle from Buck Creek State Park to Bellefontain. However, we will not ride the trail from Urbana to Bellefontain unless it's paved, it's not worth tearing our bikes up and having a less than enjoyable ride. Maybe someday we'll make it to Bellefontain on a paved path.

SKT is a mix.

By majordick in November, 2015

Rode the Urbana to Springfield side. Started at the Y in Urbana and went up the north part to parallel the airport. I got to see someone flying one of those parachute gliders. Turned around and picked up some glass in my tire at the railroad depot downtown. Fixed it and continued south to Springfield. Mostly surrounded by highways and farms it offers some nice sky viewing. I went as far as downtown Springfield near the water then went back.

Never too far from a city but with a rural feel in a lot of places.


By meg0221871 in October, 2015

I've been all the way to Xenia on this bike path...very nice enjoyable ride. I'm not much for the Xenia ride b/c it was too much city and loud town for me but still very enjoyable ride. I have seen multiple doe and 1 buck while on this path. Very awesome to see nature like this.

Simon Kent on Trail

By timothyshaw0369 in August, 2015

I rode the portion from Bellefontaine from Carter Ave. I went a little past West Liberty and turned around to go back where I started. it would be nice if it would get paved. it would then be great for Handcycles, racing wheelchair, and recumbents. This trail is alot safer than riding on the roads The scenery is real nice. This trail is really made for runners and mountain bikers.

Bellefontaine section VERY difficult

By blessedbev in August, 2015

We are preparing to do the Pine Creek trail and wanted to try our new tires out on a 'crushed stone' path. So we started out in Bellefontaine. We have taken crushed stone paths before and had no difficulty. We only made it about 1/2 mile on this part of the trail. It was too rough -- the stones are not crushed fine enough and packed down as other trails with the same description. So we packed up our bikes and headed to Urbana. We found the YMCA and started off. Be prepared for hills! I had read where some folks had trouble getting out of the recreation park so after riding through the sports complex we came to an intersection where the path turned right but I remembered crossing the path as we came through town on Main street so we turned left and followed the street for a short ways and found the entrance to the trail via a few 'marked' streets. The path was excellent through Urbana. You do have to stop for busy streets. We rode for ten miles before turning back. After all the comments we were not prepared to go through Springfield. Would someone please post the directions to get through Springfield as everyone we have talked to said it is not clearly marked Or that the signs give you a couple of options and unless you are familiar with Springfield you could easily get lost. The last mile of hills gave us fits as we are 'flat lands/rails to trails people.' All-in-all we did enjoy this section of the Simon Kenton from Urbana to outskirts of Springfield. Hopefully the volunteers will get a grant and get the section from Bellefontaine to Urbana paved!

A little of everything

By bdbdbd in May, 2015

The Champaign County portion is beautiful and well maintained. Clark County section is quite a bit different. The new extention, North of Urbana the gravel section, begins and winds you through some beautiful, gently rolling farm land with long, unobstructed views well clear of US 68. Unfortunately, as you enter Clark County to the South you are faced with getting through Springfield. It's unfortunate that there isn't a better way. I've encountered plenty of broken glass, youths throwing firecrackers at me, verbal posturing from malcontents, etc. It's a bit like a demilitarized zone until you get back on dedicated bike bath well South of Springfield. Urban blight left behind, points south through Yellow Springs and to Xenia are a joy. Look for route alternatives that bypass City of Springfield entirely.

Good trail not a favorite

By dougcbus2 in September, 2013

The trail was in good shape. It is very difficult to find from Miller Park in Urbana or the Urbana Y. The best place to hop on the trail in Urbana is Depot Coffee House,
(937) 653-3768, 644 Miami St, Urbana, OH. Rode 9 miles from Urbana Y to Bollesville, to find a porti potti. Parts of the trail go through the industrial parts of urbana which are not scenic. Lots of busy street crossing between Y and coffee depot. I would ride again but not a favorite. Reminded me of the urban trail in Munice IN

At the bottom of my list, so far...

By dguerr1952 in August, 2013

We started this trail in Urbana and ended in Springfield. We were disappointed on a few levels. The trail is a straight shot down to Springfield with almost no scenic views the entire way. It's basically cornfields, railroad tracks and flat lands. The trail crosses many streets, some dangerous, so one has to be very careful when crossing. We also heard several gun shots at a particular point, which was unnerving, to say the least! We were told to not go all the way into Springfield because it's a seedy part of town. We went within two miles of downtown and the neighborhood became less than desirable and at that point we turned around. Sadly, the only plus to this route is that it's flat, well paved and an easy ride. It's pretty much full sun the whole way too, which can be a good thing or not, depending on the temperature outside. Sunscreen may be needed...

June 2013

By carebare in June, 2013

We started at the spur trail that starts at the Urbana YMCA. This spur trail connects to the SKT trail, but we missed the turn, and asked for directions. The trail is paved, mainly flat. This is a very nice trail.

Urbana to Springfield

By sueellenv in August, 2012

We have ridden this trail many times this year. Start at the depot in Urbana (great coffee shop)and take off for Springfield, maybe go on to Yellowsprings (great little college town) and then Xenia. Trail is flat and well taken care of. Nice shelter house mid point to Springfield to stop and rest, also has restrooms. Urbana is a great town for antiques and ambiance.

Rode the trail Oct. 17th, 2010

By jschmack in October, 2010

I and my wife rode the trail from Urbana to Springfield, a little over 30 miles of it. The trail is very nice, clean, well maintained. Very ideal for a 69 yr. old couple.

But, the internet site directions for the YMCA are not good. It is Community Drive and not Commercial Drive that you use to get to the Y. (Commercial Drive is on the other side of Urbana, per my GPS. The Y would not come up on my GPS ! Also we passed the Y 4 times before realizing that it was set back from Rt. 36 a ways and hard to see behind the business buildings. There are no signs identifying the Y along the highway.

Trail now complete

By ggwbikemt in November, 2006

This trail is now a complete trail from the north side of Springfield to the north side of Urbana. The trail scenery is a mix of woods and open farmland.

The bike route connecting this trail to the Little Miami Trail on the south side of Springfield is a mix of bike paths and surface streets that is not always signed.