Independence, KY Cross Country Skiing Trails and Maps

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Great Miami River Trail

87.5 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Heritage Trail of Madison

2 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Little Miami Scenic Trail

77.7 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Concrete

Ohio River Trail

7.6 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Concrete

Ohio to Erie Trail

293 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Shaker Trace Trail

7.8 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Armleder Park Trail

2 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Lebanon Countryside YMCA Trail

8.2 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Lunken Airport Trail

4.9 mi
State: OH
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Greendale segment runs 1 mile between Walnut Street and Hollywood Boulevard at Eads Parkway, paralleling Eads Parkway/US 50 on the east side. There's a short gap (0.6 mile) in the trail between...
IN 5.4 mi Asphalt
Overview The Great Miami River Trail is the backbone of one of the nation’s largest paved trail networks and spans 87.5 miles throughout Ohio’s Miami Valley. The route connects beautiful natural...
OH 87.5 mi Asphalt
The Heritage Trail of Madison connects the downtown of Madison, Indiana, with its steep hilltop section. Begin your journey at the intersection of Vaughn Drive and Vernon Street along the Ohio River....
IN 2 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
Closure Notice: The trail is closed north of Nisbet Park in Loveland, OH where it crosses O'Bannon Creek. Please see the Miami Valley Trails site or Friends of the Little Miami Scenic Trail for more...
OH 77.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Overview The nearly 8 miles of the Ohio River Trail (OH) (open in three disconnected segments) are open along the Ohio river's northern shore. About the Route The westernmost section of the...
OH 7.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Closure Notice: There are several closures and detours in place for the Ohio to Erie Trail. In Cleveland, there is an active closure for Franklin Rd. near Irishtown Bend and a detour is in place. A...
OH 293 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Shaker Trace Trail forms a loop around Miami Whitewater Forest, the largest county-run park in Hamilton County. The fully-accessible, paved trail runs for nearly 8 miles through the park’s...
OH 7.8 mi Asphalt
The Armleder Park Trail loops along a wide, paved route through the open meadows of the park, located east of Cincinnati. At the southeast end, you'll find an overlook of the Little Miami River....
OH 2 mi Asphalt
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
Overview The Lunken Airport Trail offers a 4.9-mile loop around Cincinnati's municipal Lunken Airport.  About the Route Most of the trail sits atop the levee that protects the airport from...
OH 4.9 mi Asphalt

Recent Trail Reviews

Little Miami Scenic Trail

lost ring

July, 2024 by burkartc803

Hello, we finished our lovely ride July 7 and returned to our car parked in Corwin. As my husband took off his glove, his wedding band came off as well and flew somewhere. It is gold with an inscription. We searched for a few hours as well as a few residents of Corwin and other bikers as they saw us searching. We returned today with a metal detector. I think it must have attached itself to a car. Please let me know if found

Hamilton Beltline Recreational Trail

A Nice Local Trail in Need of Further Development

July, 2024 by orangedoug

After parking in Hamilton, Ohio's Jim Grimm Park located on Cleveland Avenue, I rode 2.4 miles on an out-and-back ride on the Hamilton Beltline Recreational Trail. The current trail is a combination of the first and second phases of a planned 3.5 mile loop on the west bank of the Great Miami River. Eventually plans include an off-road connection to the Great Miami River Recreational Trail located on the east bank of the river.

Jim Grimm Park which is located in the center of the current 1.15 mile trail. The trail runs between Eaton Avenue and North B Street which runs along the Great Miami River. This tree-lined trail runs through a ravine in which Twomile Creek runs toward emptying into the Great Miami River. This asphalt trail is in very good condition and seems to be popular with walkers and joggers. I think that it would probably get more cyclists riding it if the entire planned loop were to be completed. This would include completing an off-road or separated bike lane along B Street and over either the Black Street or Main Street bridges in order to connect to the Great Miami River Recreational Trail. Early plans of the trail’s route showed a trail connection to these bridges along the banks of the Great Miami River. However, when I reached B Street there was a sign indicating the end of the trail and there was no indication of any route paralleling B street to the bridges. However, after looking at a photo I took at B Street, and also looking at images from Google Earth, the sidewalk on the west side of B Street appears to have been widened to accommodate both pedestrian and bike traffic. I may have to ride this trail again to explore this possibility.

From what little research I’ve done, the other phases of the project to extend the trail beyond Eaton Ave. are well behind schedule so perhaps local interest in completing the trail has waned. The Hamilton Beltline Recreational Trail seems to be a trail that local residents like, but at this time, it is not one I would recommend going out of your way to ride.

Great Miami River Trail

Pavement Cracks

June, 2024 by mr.dave witt

Been riding this trail for decades and have noticed that sections between Franklin and Dayton have pavement cracks every 30-50 ft that are 2-4 inches in width. It looks like at in the past they were filled in with asphalt, now the asphalt has sunk down in. Yesterday was a jarring and unsettling ride, probably will start in downtown Dayton and ride north until they fix these cracks.

Accordion

Williamsburg to Batavia Hike/Bike Trail

nice ride

June, 2024 by timfitz256

Hilly but no problem..

Great Miami River Trail

Ran this trail twice

May, 2024 by luv_mlb25

I have ran this trail from top to bottom twice. This included the portion that is known as Canal Feeder Trail in Sidney (not labeled on this map, but said to be part of the trail) and also includes the last little bit from Hamilton to Fairfield.

Last year when i ran it, it was labeled as being 99 miles, however, this year they have it marked as being 87 miles...not sure where the other 12 miles went from the year before...but I measured it out to be 95.72 miles. This includes any and all spurs or any branches off from the main trail. Canal feeder trail is 4.66 miles (this includes the whole trail, across Vandemark Rd where the trail extends and dead ends in the woods with no place to go but back to the Vandemark Rd parking lot). Then starting at Swift Run in Piqua and ending at Trenton (including Canal Feeder) measures 84.55 miles. The last little bit from Reigart Road in Hamilton to Groh Ln in Fairfield measures 11.17 miles.

I frequently run the portions running from Piqua to Vandalia. This portion is mostly wooded and protected. Once it gets in to Dayton it gets a little tricky with more flood bank runs and city views. The run from Marina Drive to Miami St is a little boring but not as boring as the path from Carmody to Trenton that measures 6.2 miles in distance.

I have this trail broke down in to miles pretty good with landmarks. If anyone ever wants to know distance measures, I'm your gal.

The last leg of the map runs Hamilton to Fairfield, and honestly may be the best part through heavy woods and beautiful landscapes.

Enjoy!

Little Miami Scenic Trail

Days 2 and 4

May, 2024 by jarboe

South out of Xenia this trail deserves a five-star-plus rating. Well maintained, wooded with a river, you will be tempted to ride this forever. We did 60 miles.

North is a little more urban but still a five-star trial. We did 41 miles. Thank you, Xenia!

Ohio River Trail

Connects to Purple People Bridge

May, 2024 by joenad55

Jogged on this during a recent trip. Right along the Ohio river. On one side it goes right by the stadiums, and the other side is right alongside the river. Great scenery and the pavement is in very good condition. can be accessed from the purple People Bridge down a flight of stairs.

Newport Southbank Bridge (Purple People Bridge)

Nice experience.

May, 2024 by joenad55

I loved going over this bridge, both walking and jogging. Connects to the riverfront on both sides. Easy access to the stadiums and downtown Cincinnati. Lots of artwork on it. The bridge can actually be rented for special events!

Little Miami Scenic Trail

Mostly good

April, 2024 by ken.criss

We rode from Beatty Station near Springfield south to Xenia station on 4/9/2024. We liked the trail just fine. Not too many road crossings, paved, rail trail grades, etc. If headed south, when you get to Xenia be aware that the trail turns right at a street with virtually no signage except for a sign that said Xenia Station .5 straight ahead. So we stayed straight ahead which encompassed the sidewalks of Xenia instead of the actually bike path. Other than that mixup we were happy with the trail. We hope to do the rest of it at a future date.

Ohio to Erie Trail

We did a 8.45 mi round trip between Harvard Rd and Warren Rd overhead bridge. Being in a wheelchair we had no issues whatsoever with the surface of the trail.

January, 2024 by huffy9718

We did a 8.45 mi round trip between Harvard Rd and Warren Rd overhead bridge. Being in a wheelchair we had no issues whatsoever with the surface of the trail.

Heritage Trail of Madison

Thanksgiving Day 2023

November, 2023 by stephanie.barrett

Earlier this year, my parents stumbled upon part of this trail and were eager to introduce it to me when I was in town for the holiday. As a new professional in the railroading industry, I was excited to enjoy one of the Rails-to-Trails in person after hearing high praise from my colleagues. The area is very well maintained with clear signage, greenery, and historical markers. Since my parents (who are in their 70s) did not feel comfortable traversing the steep incline that leads to the Hospital, we instead opted for the Crooked Creek West Trail and Deer Path. These were much more accessible due to being mostly flatter terrain and led us to the abandoned Crooked Creek Phantom Bridge of Madison, Indiana. I would love to see more historical information on display to enrich the experience. It was very cool to see parts of the rail stamped with the original mill marks of Carnegie Steel from the 1905 installation!

Pro Tip: Start at the waterfront downtown for easy parking and a better, more scenic starting point that follows the waterway.

Little Miami Scenic Trail

Bridge replacement at Loveland; trail closed

November, 2023 by bluegrasslass

Still closed at Cartridge Brewing but can pass through.

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