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4-C Bicentennial Trail

1.3 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Buck Creek Trail (OH)

6.1 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Camp Chase Trail

15.9 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Canal Feeder Trail

2.4 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Cardinal Greenway

62 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Clinton-Fayette Friendship Trail

7.1 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Creekside Trail

15.2 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Concrete

Darby Creek Trail

7.8 mi
State: OH
Gravel

Dayton-Kettering Connector

1.9 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Great American Rail-Trail

3743.9 mi
State: DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Great Miami River Trail

87.4 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Great-Little Trail

7 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Concrete

Hellbranch Trail

5.6 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Heritage Rail-Trail

6.1 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Hydraulic Canal Run

2.3 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Iron Horse Trail (OH)

7.6 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

James Ranch Connecting Spur

1.2 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Concrete

Jim Simmons Memorial Trail

3.4 mi
State: OH
Concrete

Judy Gano Trail

0.5 mi
State: OH
Asphalt
Accordion

Lebanon Countryside YMCA Trail

8.2 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Little Miami Scenic Trail

78.1 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Concrete

Lowe's Drive Trail

0.7 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Luther Warren Peace Path

1.3 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Mad River Trail

7.1 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Miami & Erie Canal Towpath

36.6 mi
State: OH
Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Mill Creek Greenway Trail

3 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Concrete

North Lewisburg Trail

1.9 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Ohio to Erie Trail

271.9 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Paint Creek Recreation Trail

34.8 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Piqua City Linear Park

5.5 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Prairie Grass Trail

29.2 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Roberts Pass Trail

6.5 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Sharon Woods Loop Trail

2.6 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Simon Kenton Trail

35.5 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Steve Whalen Boulevard Bikeway

0.7 mi
State: OH
Concrete

Stillwater River Bikeway

7.1 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Tecumseh Trail

2.4 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Tecumseh Trail Multi-use Pathway

14.5 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Towler Road Spur

0.6 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Union City Gateway Trail

0.72 mi
State: IN, OH
Asphalt

Whitewater Gorge Trail

3.5 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Wolf Creek Trail (OH)

16.2 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Wright Brothers Huffman Prairie Bikeway

4.6 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Concrete

Xenia-Jamestown Connector

15.7 mi
State: OH
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The 4C Bicentennial Trail is one of several throughout Wilmington, OH, and runs between Southeast Neighborhood Park and Fife Avenue (CR 82), just across the road from the south end of Denver Williams...
OH 1.3 mi Asphalt
The Buck Creek Trail runs between Buck Creek State Park and Plum Street by Wittenberg University. At its eastern end in Buck Creek State Park, the trail makes a loop and heads into 2 different...
OH 6.1 mi Asphalt
The Camp Chase Trail plays a role in two of Ohio’s most exciting trail projects: it is a key piece of the cross-state Ohio to Erie Trail and an integral part of the Central Ohio Greenways network...
OH 15.9 mi Asphalt
The Canal Feeder Trail begins at Graceland Cemetery on the south end of Sidney and continues southwest on a former historical canal towpath dating back to the 1840s. The paved trail parallels the...
OH 2.4 mi Asphalt
The Cardinal Greenway, the longest rail-trail in Indiana, connects Marion, Muncie, Losantville, Richmond and a host of other small towns in rural northeastern Indiana. The trail takes its name from...
IN 62 mi Asphalt
Opened in 2017, the Clinton-Fayette Friendship Trail, spanning 7.1 miles, is the longest rail-trail in central Ohio's Clinton County. Following a former railroad corridor, the rail-trail spans the...
OH 7.1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Creekside Trail is part of a network of more than 340 miles of trails that travel throughout Ohio’s scenic Miami Valley. The route follows a nature-filled corridor offering many opportunities for...
OH 15.2 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Darby Creek Trail is currently available in two disconnected segments that parallel Big Darby Creek, a State and National Scenic River on the western outskirts of Columbus. The northern 3.5...
OH 7.8 mi Gravel
The Dayton Kettering Connector combines a historic rail-trail and bike lanes, and shared road riding for 7 miles between the two municipalities. The off-road portion is 1.9 miles long and sits in the...
OH 1.9 mi Asphalt
Note: This developing route is not yet fully contiguous – it is just over 50% complete. Please refer to the Trail Map for more information on the existing sections of trail, as well as the online...
DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY 3743.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Great Miami River Trail is the backbone of one of the nation’s largest paved trail networks, spanning 340 miles throughout Ohio’s Miami Valley. The route connects beautiful natural areas, small...
OH 87.4 mi Asphalt
How can a trail be great and little? When it connects two of the Miami Valley's most popular regional trails, the Great Miami River Trail in the west, to the Little Miami Scenic Trail in the east. The...
OH 7 mi Asphalt, Concrete
When complete, the Hamilton Belt Line Trail will wrap 3 miles along a former CSX right-of-way around the west side of Hamilton. In its heyday, Champion Paper Mill used the line track to move coal and...
OH 0.5 mi Asphalt
The Hellbranch Trail offers a paved route of just over 5 miles in the northwestern Columbus suburb of Hilliard. The pathway connects residential neighborhoods and schools with recreational parks, a...
OH 5.6 mi Asphalt
More than half of the smooth, flat, 6.1-mile Heritage Rail-Trail has a parallel 4-mile horse trail. The equestrian corridor starts at Hayden Run Road and continues northwest to the Cemetery Pike...
OH 6.1 mi Asphalt
Hydraulic Canal Run begins in picturesque French Park, where stands of mature trees provide the perfect shady spots to picnic. From here, you can also connect to Piqua City Linear Park, a rail-trail...
OH 2.3 mi Asphalt
The 7-mile Iron Horse Trail (open in two disconnected segments) utilizes approximately 2 miles of former Penn Central right-of-way, providing users a pleasant route through neighborhoods, as well as a...
OH 7.6 mi Asphalt
The James Ranch Connecting Spur provides an important link between two major trails spiraling out of the trail hub of Xenia. On its east end, the trail connects to the Little Miami Scenic Trail, which...
OH 1.2 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Jim Simmons Trail is a multipurpose trail in Marysville, north of Columbus, Ohio. The trail starts near Northwood Elementary and heads south along the creek, cutting a tree-lined path through Mill...
OH 3.4 mi Concrete
The Judy Gano Trail travels the length of the J.W. Denver Williams Memorial Park in Wilmington, Ohio. The trail begins on Rombach Avenue and travesl past the skate park, tennis courts and baseball...
OH 0.5 mi Asphalt
Accordion
The Lebanon Countryside YMCA Trail offers 8 miles of paved pathway winding through Lebanon, from downtown to a connection to the 78-mile Little Miami Scenic Trail. The trail begins in the north near...
OH 8.2 mi Asphalt
The Little Miami Scenic Trail is a jewel in the crown of Ohio rail-trails, spanning just over 78 miles from the outskirts of Cincinnati to Springfield over historical bridges and through tranquil...
OH 78.1 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Lowe's Connector Trail parallels Lowe's Drive in Wilmington, OH, and links Rombach Avenue with Prairie Road; however, this is no sidewalk once you reach Prairie Road. The trail is best used to...
OH 0.7 mi Asphalt
The Luther Warren Peace Path is shady 1.2-mile journey along a level paved surface, delightfully cool in summer. The trail includes two old railroad bridges, one covered and built as a local Boy Scout...
OH 1.3 mi Asphalt
The Mad River Trail offers a paved route connecting a handful of parks along its namesake river in northeastern Dayton. The scenic pathway is also part of one of the nation's largest network of paved,...
OH 7.1 mi Asphalt
The Miami & Erie Canal was built between 1825 and 1845, an engineering marvel stretching from Cincinnati to Toledo. This canal was heavily used until competition from the railroad caused the decline...
OH 36.6 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The growing Mill Creek Greenway Trail follows one of Cincinnati’s most important urban waterways and will one day stretch 14 miles through the city's northern neighborhoods. Groundwork Cincinnati is a...
OH 3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The North Lewisburg Trail lies about 40 miles northwest of Columbus in the Village of North Lewisburg. The trail runs northeast from the community park in a wooded corridor that once housed train...
OH 1.9 mi Asphalt
The Ohio to Erie Trail is a colossal project, not just for the state of Ohio but also nationally. Dreamed up more than 25 years ago, this route will eventually connect the Ohio River in Cincinnati to...
OH 271.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Paint Creek Recreation Trail is the flagship pathway of a planned trail network in the Ohio counties of Fayette, Ross and Highland. Nearly 35 miles of paved trail are currently open linking the...
OH 34.8 mi Asphalt
Piqua City Linear Park was constructed on an abandoned railroad bed from the city's easternmost point to its westernmost point. Midway, it connects to the Great Miami River Trail and is part of the...
OH 5.5 mi Asphalt
The 29-mile Prairie Grass Trail is one of four rail-trails that radiate from Xenia Station, the hub of a vast, paved trail network in southwestern Ohio. The site is a former Baltimore & Ohio (B&O)...
OH 29.2 mi Asphalt
The Roberts Pass Trail runs from downtown London, Ohio, to rural Fairfield Township. The trail passes through farmland for 6.5 miles, although dense tree cover shades the route at all...
OH 6.5 mi Asphalt
The Sharon Woods Loop Trail encircles a picturesque lake in popular Sharon Woods in Sharonville. The county park offers a visitor center, boathouse, golf course, picnic areas and athletic fields over...
OH 2.6 mi Asphalt
Seamlessly spanning the 35.5-mile distance between the Ohio communities of Bellefontaine and Springfield, the Simon Kenton Trail presents visitors with ample opportunities for recreation and wildlife...
OH 35.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Steve Whalen Boulevard Bikeway is a short neighborhood trail in East Dayton. The trail parallels the boulevard of the same name, starting at its intersection with Hamilton Avenue, and then heading...
OH 0.7 mi Concrete
The Stillwater River Bikeway winds through Dayton's northern suburbs, following the tree-lined eastern shore of its namesake waterway for much of the way. Two disconnected segments of trail are...
OH 7.1 mi Asphalt
The paved Tecumseh Trail skirts the quaint city of New Carlisle. The trail takes users through some beautiful wooded areas along a former railroad corridor and connects to Smith Park. At the popular...
OH 2.4 mi Asphalt
The Tecumseh Trail Multi-use Pathway offers a pleasant route, partially on the former Pennsylvania Railroad's Columbus-to-Saint Louis freight mainline. The rail route was also once used for Lincoln's...
OH 14.5 mi Asphalt
The Towler Road Spur is a short but pleasant route in the trail hub of Xenia, Ohio. Although the paved pathway parallels the roadway, it's separated from traffic by a wide grassy median dotted with...
OH 0.6 mi Asphalt
The short Union City Gateway Trail is significant in that it was the first trail to cross the Indiana–Ohio border. A highlight along the paved pathway is the beautifully landscaped park on both sides...
IN, OH 0.72 mi Asphalt
D Street Trailhead Park is nestled along Richmond’s waterfront on the East Fork of the Whitewater River. From the park, travelers can go north on the Cardinal Greenway (which, at 62 miles, is...
IN 3.5 mi Asphalt
Ohio’s Miami River Valley, with 340 miles of off-road trails, is home to one of the nation’s largest paved trail networks. Heading northwest from Dayton, the Wolf Creek Trail is one piece of this...
OH 16.2 mi Asphalt
The Wright Brothers Huffman Prairie Bikeway runs from South Street in downtown Fairborn, along the north side of Kauffman Avenue adjacent to an active rail line, to National Road. At that point, the...
OH 4.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Xenia–Jamestown Connector links these two eponymous communities and travels east beyond Jamestown to the Greene–Fayette County line at Rosemoor Road. It’s part of Ohio’s Miami River Valley trail...
OH 15.7 mi Asphalt

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Recent Trail Reviews

Hellbranch Trail

It’s a commuter trail

May, 2022 by binarydos

It’s a commuter path from plain city to Hilliard. Nothing really great about it.

Darby Creek Trail

it’s pretty busy and..

May, 2022 by binarydos

It’s not well maintained, busy, and short. It does have beautiful scenery though.

Whitewater Gorge Trail

pretty, but also pretty rough

May, 2022 by 6d6h82fp6p

I longboarded south from the memorial park, and the trail is super smooth and well maintained until you round the corner. Rough path from then on; potholes, big cracks, chert rock, logs, etc.

Accordion

Sharon Woods Loop Trail

Narrow curvy and kinda rough

April, 2022 by 6d6h82fp6p

I went Longboarding here (there’s a sign or two that say “no in-line skates”, so I technically didn’t break any rules ¿). I didn’t mind the $5 to get in, but I do wish the path was a bit smoother. Overall, the path is pretty narrow, with a number of blind turns (usually at the bottom of a hill, of course), many ups and downs, and absolutely Gorgeous views of the water and woods. I’ll keep visiting periodically for as long as they keep letting me skate.

Cardinal Greenway

Outstanding Trail

April, 2022 by utpaduke

Mel and I rode our tandem on 14-15 April. We ride an old Pacific Tandem Fat Tire bike. It is not geared for climbing hills. On Thursday we rode from Tingler Rd trailhead to Richmond and back-15M. On Friday we rode from same trailhead in opposite direction 7.5 miles out, just passed the Williamsburg trailhead and back-15M. The weather was just right cool. We were extremely pleased with the mild terrain grade on both days! The other plus is how far apart the trail sections are from each stop sign. We love this trail! Beautiful farm country USA. Next week On our way back to Raleigh NC, we plan to ride another 2 days. We stayed at the Holiday Inn at Richmond IN. It was very convenient and a great place. We will stay there again next week.👍👌🤓

Simon Kenton Trail

Bellefontaine to Urbana is Pretty Nice

April, 2022 by jonesandrewd_tl

I rode from Urbana to Bellefontaine and back today. It's a nice trail. Most of it is shaded, which compares favorably to Hilliard's Heritage Trail, and parts of the Ohio to Erie, such as Cedarville to South Charleston. It's probably pretty when it is in bloom, but it's still a bit too early in the year for that with our late spring. Still, it was a very calm ride, with only two other riders and a couple hikers spotted on the entire section, out-and-back, and all near Bellefontaine.

The surface is mostly chip-and-seal (other than 1.5 miles north of Urbana), which is fine, and kicks up much less dirt than crushed limestone, for those who haven't ridden chip-and-seal before. There is one rough spot on the paved section just south of where the chip-and-seal ends, and for the first couple miles north of Urbana you have to keep an eye out for railroad spikes on the trail, but otherwise the condition of the trail is good.

There's a well-reviewed coffee shop by the trail in Urbana, and several restaurants that look promising in Bellfontaine, including a brewery that you'll find if you continue north of the northern end of the trail on the dirt trail that continues to parallel the railway for another block, and then follow the bike route signs towards town.

Along the way, if you're paying attention, you'll see some unusual animals for Ohio trails, specifically goats and what I'm pretty sure are elk. Although Wikipedia will tell you there are no elk in Ohio, I counted eight of them visible from the trail, and my research indicates they are likely domestic elk at a farm that neighbors the trail. Now I'll leave it as an exercise to the reader to figure out exactly where they are. You might want to start soon - once the leaves are out it might be much more difficult to see them.

Overall, I'd put this slightly above 4/5. It's not as picturesque as central Ohio's top trails - the Kokosing Gap and Alum Creek Trails - but I'd put it above the Heritage, Camp Chase, and Ohio to Erie west of London. Worth the drive if you're looking for somewhere new to explore, and keep an eye out for the elk.

Camp Chase Trail

Trail from West Columbus to London

March, 2022 by jonesandrewd_tl

I re-rode the Camp Chase Trail from its eastern terminus to Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park today, and rode the section from there west last year. It's a nice trail, in good condition, and the gaps have been filled in over the years. Of particular note is that the gap orangedoug mentioned, at the Metro Park, was closed in March of 2020. It is a bit difficult to find the connection through the park from the west though; go to the roundabout at the west end of the parking lot, and find the trail branching off southwest (which would likely be the last direction you would expect to find it), and that's the connector, with an Ohio to Erie trail marker hiding in the woods.

I rated the trail 4/5 instead of 5/5 because while it is in good condition, it's the least scenic of the "big 5" trails in Columbus. I ride the Alum Creek Trail and Olentangy Trail every year; they're beautiful. Comparing this trail to the Alum Creek, the major difference is you forget you are in a city on the Alum Creek Trail. On the Camp Chase, for the first 7 miles going west, it's almost all city (there is a park area near Wilson Road). It does open up and become more scenic past Georgesville Road. Realistically, the section east of there is a "every few years" trail for me.

Parts of the eastern section were also reminders of the increasing poverty in parts of west Columbus since the pandemic; tent encampments were set up along parts of the trail and the parallel railroad, which hadn't been present the last time I rode the trail in 2020. In the afternoon of one of the first warm days of the spring, it didn't feel dangerous, but if you're planning an Ohio to Erie trip and aren't from the area, plan to be Downtown before sunset. At least the trail seems to be of use to the residents living by it; several tents had bikes by them and one man was working on his bike from the tracks when I went by in both directions.

The Hilltop Connector to the Scioto Trail at the eastern end is not a bad connector at all. Road speeds are moderate, most of it has a dedicated bike lane, and even at rush hour it didn't feel risky (and I'm not someone who rides roads).

Ohio to Erie Trail

Astounding experience: add to your bucket list, now!

December, 2021 by billythekidusa

The OTET is not the ETOT. I found out why when cyclists were flying past me Northbound as I fought headwinds Southbound. Yes the winds wind up the Ohio Valley hence the trail is named Ohio To Erie Trail. I was southbound because after my glorious arrival and celebration in Cincinnati I continued through Louisville, Mammoth Cave and Nashville to our daughters horse farm in Shelbyville TN totaling 721 wondrous miles of memories and new acquaintances both 2-legged and 4-legged. I suggest using credit card

Miami & Erie Canal Towpath

st marys to be Bremen

November, 2021 by lexy.bolin

Nice easy path. There was one tree down that was easy to get around. We did our route on horse back.

Creekside Trail

Bike ride 11/15/21

November, 2021 by dskelley5381

I ride from my house starting at iron horse trail going north across Linden to creekside trail connector and follow it to Xenia Station which gives me a total of 30 miles up and back. The last 2 times I have been on my ride I have seen a total of 6 deer. I seen 4 deer today crossing the bikeway at Factory Rd. I ride this trail 3 times a week for a total of 90 miles. If you have not biked on this trail it is well worth it. The trail is mostly flat with lots of scenery along the way. It is a little crowded on the weekends so I bike m-w-f and just a few walkers and bikers. I will be 70 the end of this month and biking in my opinion is a great way to stay in shape.

Ohio to Erie Trail

Great Experience

November, 2021 by fcmgybjcqq

A huge shoutout to the organizations that put this trail together, maintain, and promote it - its remarkably well done. There are a few spots that could use some more signage (Westerville is pretty bad) but overall from top to bottom it's hard to get lost. I did this trail in 4.5 days from Cincinnati to Cleveland the last week of October with almost no bike experience. I also used a busted up old mountain bike from the 90s and had pretty much no problem with it.

Whitewater Gorge Trail

A really cool trail connected to the Cardinal Greenway; could use just a bit more maintenance

October, 2021 by jonesandrewd_tl

I discovered this trail at the southern end of the Cardinal Greenway, and figured why not check out the trail by the gorge? It may well be the most scenic part of the entire connected trail system, going up to Gaston and including the White River Greenway Trail in Muncie. There's lots of green, a river (albeit usually hidden from view), and a good amount of elevation change in a short time. Definitely worth adding on to a Cardinal Greenway ride if you have the stamina to spare.

There also are some nice parks along the way, including by the piano/record factory, and at the veterans park near the northern edge, where you can see the difference in size between a light tank and a main battle tank in real life.

Still, there are a couple shortcomings that make this a trail that could easily be a 5, but isn't quite there yet. The largest is that there is a section near the southern end where the pavement is quite rough, which also corresponds with the steepest area, making it potentially hazardous. The connector up to the high school is even steeper and in rougher condition. There should be the next priority for fixing up.

There also was a tree across the trail almost at the southern terminus, which appeared to have been there for some time, and several of the wooden benches in the southern section were not in great condition any more.

It did look like the section by the veterans park was pretty new trail, and that the overseers were still working on an overlook above that park, so this trail may well still be receiving investment. With a little TLC on the southern section as well, it would definitely be a 5 star trail.

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