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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 side exploration and, because the trail parallels two streams much of the way, there are also spots to cool off on hot summer days.
The Creekside Trail is one of several trails that radiate from Xenia Station, allowing for connections to the Xenia-Jamestown Connector, the Little Miami Scenic Trail and the Prairie Grass Trail, the latter two of which are also part of the cross-state Ohio to Erie Trail.
Begin in Xenia to travel toward Dayton. Here, you’ll find a replica railroad depot with a museum dedicated to the town’s railroad history, as well as restrooms and water fountains. Head north, crossing Cincinnati Avenue, Second Street, and Main Street; the latter is very busy, so use caution. Shortly afterward, the trail takes on a much different tone and enters more natural surroundings. Find shade trees, wetland areas, and streams. Keep alert for the abundant and diverse wildlife that lives in the area.
On the east side of Towler Road, you’ll find the entrance to Sol Arnovitz Park, which has parking as well as hiking trails and a disc golf course. Across the street, you can pick up the James Ranch Connecting Spur, a short paved pathway that leads to James Ranch Park, which features a 19th-century farmhouse and beautiful gardens. Soon afterward is the entrance to the Kil-Kare Raceway; on race days, it’s loud and the smell of hot rubber fills the air.
Continuing west you reach the William Maxwell Rest Area, which has a covered picnic table. Cross over the Little Miami River and stop at overlooks at each end of the bridge for beautiful views of the river and its banks. At mile 6, a spur leads to Beavercreek Community Park, which has restrooms, water, and parking facilities. Staying on the trail, find nearby E. J. Nutter Park, which is home to baseball diamonds, as well as more restrooms, water, parking, and concession stands (open during games only). Farther along, just after passing under Fairfield Road, arrive at Beavercreek Station, which offers amenities and features Miami Valley’s September 11th Memorial.
At about mile 10, the route passes Fifth Third Gateway Park before crossing I-675 via an impressive 465-foot restored railroad overpass. At the T-junction turn right to continue to the trail’s end in Eastwood MetroPark; left leads to the Iron Horse Trail. Cross Burkhardt Road and then busy Airway Road, where you will see the huge, shining, silver hangars of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. As you enter the park, you’ll see the trailhead for the Mad River Trail, which travels to downtown Dayton. Be sure to plan time to explore this popular urban park, which presents endless opportunities for recreation, including boating, fishing, hiking, paddling, and much more, in addition to providing typical amenities.
To reach the Xenia Station trailhead on the east end of the trail: From I-675, take Exit 13A and head east on US 35. In 9.1 miles exit onto US 42. Head north 1.2 miles, and turn right onto S. Miami Ave. Look for the restored depot on the left in 0.4 mile.
To reach the Eastwood MetroPark trailhead in Dayton: From I-675, take Exit 15 for Colonel Glenn Hwy. At the end of the mile-long exit ramp, turn right (west) onto Colonel Glenn Hwy., and go 1.8 miles as the road becomes Airway Road. Turn right onto Harshman Ave., and go 1.5 miles. Look for Eastwood MetroPark on the left.
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