Note: Due to I-75 bridge work, the Great Miami River Trail is closed between Fifth Street and Helena Street in downtown Dayton until 2017. More information and a map of the half-mile, on-street detour around the closure is available on the Miami Valley Bike Trails website.
The Great Miami River Trail runs from Piqua all the way south to Fairfield, linking numerous towns and cities throughout four Ohio counties. The idea for such a trail was conceived by Dayton’s Horace Huffman Jr., president of the Huffy Corporation, makers of bicycles.
As the name suggests, the trail follows the banks of the Great Miami River for much of its route and is completely paved. It provides access to neighborhoods and downtown shopping and business districts, as well as linking parks, museums and historical features. Most striking is its diversity; the trail offers river views and rural scenery intermixed with urban areas and parks.
Stretching more than 80 miles, the trail is an integral part of the Miami Valley network, an interconnected web of 330 miles of paved, off-road trails. The Great Miami River Trail serves as an important trunk in the system with many others branching off of it:
- On Dayton’s west side, it connects to the Wolf Creek Trail heading northwest to Trotwood, Brookville, and Verona.
- In Dayton’s RiverScape MetroPark, it intersects the Mad River Trail, which reaches the museums and attractions of the National Aviation Heritage Area and the Wright Patterson Air Force Base.
The Great Miami River Trail connects several parks, which offer parking and other facilities (north to south):
- Roadside Park (State Route 66 near Hardin Road, Piqua)
- Treasure Island Park (409 N. Elm Street, Troy)
- City Park (200 Parkwood Drive, Tipp City)
- Thomas B. Kyle Senior Memorial Park (Kyle Park Drive, Tipp City)
- Taylorsville MetroPark (2000 State Route 40, Vandalia)
- Rip Rap Road Park (6140 Rip Rap Road, Huber Heights)
- Triangle Park (2500 Ridge Avenue, Dayton)
- Island MetroPark (101 E Helena Street, Dayton)
- Deeds Park (510 Webster Street, Dayton)
- RiverScape MetroPark (111 E Monument Avenue, Dayton)
- Carillon Historical Park (1000 Carillon Boulevard, Dayton)
- Rice Field (2001 Dayton Cincinnati Pike, Miamisburg)
- Crains Run Nature Park (10741 Dayton Cincinnati Pike, Miamisburg)
- Smith Park (500 Tytus Avenue, Middletown)
- Rentschler Forest Preserve (5701 Reigart Road, Fairfield)