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The Creekside Trail is an important connector in Ohio’s Miami Valley trail network, a system of 330 miles of paved, off-road trails. This 15-mile route cuts a swift route from Xenia to Dayton, passing a variety of sites, including drag racetracks and quiet museums. If you want more trail options, start at the Train Depot in Xenia, where the Little Miami Scenic Trail, the Prairie Grass Trail and the Creekside Trail converge. Just a few blocks away, you can also pick up the Xenia-Jamestown Connector on Washington Street.
To follow the Creekside Trail from Xenia Station, a restored railroad depot, head north, crossing Cincinnati Avenue, Second Street and Main Street—the latter very busy, so use caution. If you're interested in a longer trip, you can add a 10-mile side trip to Yellow Springs along the Little Miami Scenic Trail; take Market Street east and follow the signs.
On the Creekside Trail, crossing Market Street makes all the difference. Here you enter a world filled with nature. Shawnee Creek flows along the north side of the trail. At Towler Road you can see the entrance to Sol Arnovitz Park, which offers some parking spaces but no other services. About 1 mile from Xenia Station you reach the James Ranch Spur. This trail heads less than a mile east to the Fairgrounds Recreation Center and Mullins Pool. Before you have traveled 3 miles, be prepared for a shift in your surroundings. The entrance of Kil-Kare Dragway abuts the trail. On race days it is loud and the fragrance of hot rubber fills the air.
Continuing west you reach the William Maxwell Rest Area in Beavercreek Township. Named for the area's first publisher, this park offers a covered picnic table and a nice marble monument to Maxwell. A bridge over the Little Miami River, about 4 miles from the start, has overlooks at each end that offer beautiful views of the river and its banks in both directions.
At mile 6 there is a spur into Beavercreek Community Park, which has restrooms, water and parking facilities. Staying on the trail you find larger Nutter Park, across Factory Road and home to five baseball diamonds, as well as more restrooms, water and parking. During games the concessions stands are open and offer trail users an opportunity to stop for refreshments.
At mile 9.5, you reach Fifth Third Gateway Park, which has parking, gardens and other amenities, including restrooms. The trail crosses Interstate 675 and into Montgomery County via an impressive 465-foot restored railroad overpass. When you hit a T-junction turn right to continue to the trail's end in Eastwood Park. If you turn left at the T-junction, you will be on the Iron Horse Trail, which leads to State Farm Park, where multiple baseball fields, picnic tables, and a large playground are available.
Continuing on the Creekside Trail, you cross Burkhardt Road and then busy Airway Road. On your right are the huge, shining silver hangers of the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The trail winds down in a serene setting—you would never guess that you are minutes from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and downtown Dayton. You can connect to the Mad River Trail in the park to head toward the city.
To reach the Xenia Station trailhead from US 35, take State Route 380 north for 1.25 miles. Turn left onto South Miami Avenue and look for the restored depot on the right.
To reach the Eastwood Park trailhead in Dayton from US 35 (between Interstates 675 and 75), follow Wright Brothers Parkway north for 2.8 miles. Turn left onto Springfield Street and look for Eastwood MetroPark on the right.
I spent more time off the trail than on while passing though Dayton. Horrible detours down horrible roads with broken glass, tree limbs and rocks. Poorly marked detours. Not for road biking at all. Take three or four spare tubes if you do go....you WILL need them.
I caught the Creekside trail in Xenia after riding the Little Miami Scenic Valley trail from Oregonia. It is very nice, with good pavement, shade, signage, etc. A few more stop signs and busy road crossings than I would like, but I only did 8 miles, so there may be a lot less on down the trail. I wish I could have been in the area longer to explore the rest of this trail!!
Great ride and trail system
Not a continuous trail as you have to cross roadways to get to the "connecting" side, but a very pretty space to be in!
Creekside Trail (#2 of the Miami Valley Trails) A friend and I rode this trail as part of a 460+ mile bicycle trip exploring the trails of Ohio. From Xenia Station, this trail heads northwest to Dayton. It is an easy, beautiful, well marked trail and has a really nice smooth surface. It follows a creek for about 3.5 miles, sometimes has a canopy, sometimes not. At around mile marker 8, there is a station with restrooms and water – Beavercreek Station. There is a statue of a Beaver (Bicycle Beaver) on the grounds. Apparently, there are many statues of Beavers all over Beavercreek. At the intersection of the Iron Horse Trail (at about mile marker 12), the trail turns right and continues North until you get to the Mad River Trail which leads to the National Air Force Museum to the east and to Dayton to the west. We couldn’t find an easy way to ride into Beavercreek for lunch so we waited until we got to the southern edge of Dayton. Well worth the ride and a great way to get from Xenia to Dayton. In fact, this whole network of trails is amazing! A note - we stayed in Fairborn for a night and found it easier and considerably less miles to take a shortcut through Beavercreek neighborhoods to get back on the trail going back to Xenia. It was a wonderful ride through beautiful neighborhoods - highly recommend it!
This was our first trip out of state to bike with friends, and we thoroughly enjoyed this trail, after using the Beavercreek Station as our launching point. The trail from Beavercreek to Dayton is definitely more hilly and goes through a variety of commercial and industrial areas, although it is not too difficult. The trail from Beavercreek to Xenia is relatively flat, and is more "rural". We very much enjoyed being able to stop and watch some of the competition at the drag strip.
Since I ran the eastern portion of this trail one day short of one year ago, I began today's adventure westward from the Beavercreek Station, a beautiful new depot facsimile structure that houses restrooms and refreshment machines. Nice! And a BIG parking lot! Beavercreek is located at Trail Milepost 8, coinciding with the railroad timetable mileage that the Pennsylvania Railroad gave to this segment of its Pittsburgh-St. Louis main line between Xenia and Dayton. This is a "railroad steep" grade up from Beavercreek, then it falls off from Milepost 10 for the rest of the way down to the Iron Horse Trail at Milepost 12.2. This railroad fought hard dragging its freights over this hill out of Dayton, and the single track (highly unusual for the mighty PENNSY!) was, fortunately, always just its "passenger main" (See my review of the Hilliard-Plain City "Heritage Trail" for more on this subject). Amtrak's "National Limited" plied this route until late 1979! Scant few railroad artifacts remain... A few telegraph poles survive, insulated by the swamp and private property they sit in. Only TWO unusual cast concrete mileposts remain in place between Xenia and Dayton... Milepost 5 and Milepost 11. I have never seen square-topped PRR mileposts, with the mile numbers simply painted on. MP11 is badly faded, scarcely any black numerals left, or white background paint. The other "unlikely" surprise is located at Mile 11.7. The yellow metal sign with "A L" westbound is the "Approach Block-Limit" sign for "CLEM", at late railroad (Conrail) time the unmanned "station" location on Clement Hill. In PRR days, there was a wayside "approach" signal here which coincided with an electrically interlocked set of crossovers at "CLEM." "CLEM" is where the track that parallels the southbound Iron Horse Trail diverges from the old PRR main line track. That track is the Pennsy's old Cincinnati, Lebanon, & Northern Railroad that once extended down to the Queen City. Unfortunately, someone painted out the "B" in "ABL" on the sign! Sigh! At the trail "T" at MP12.2, you access the old Baltimore & Ohio main line coming from Chillicothe via Xenia into Dayton (and beyond). The B&O track ran UNDER the now-removed PRR span that topped the stone abutments here. I am sure the B&O couldn't get rid of THIS line into Dayton quickly enough either! The 2.8 miles of B&O north from the trail "T" is ALL downhill, and steep! There are a lot of trail relocations where either private property or washouts apparently took their toll before this trail was developed. But you will encounter several main road crossings where you can access all types of fast food to get that energy back to push you back up the hill! The trail ends at Springfield Street in the Riverview suburb of Dayton. There is a direct connection to the Mad River Trail to take you the rest of the way into Dayton. Both the PRR and the B&O segments of the Creekside Trail are smooth and beautiful, and the 2 miles of Iron Horse Trail south from the "T" is likewise a beauty. Much of the Pennsy's portion of the Creekside Trail is arrow-straight (You can see and feel those hills!), and the trail is wide open to the sky, while the B&O's descent into Riverview is curvy and twisting, under tree canopy, and much forested. That was nice on this unusually hot, 80-degree, all blue sky day in mid-October! Top all of this scenery with the flaming fall foliage, and it makes for one awesome ride!
This trail provides woodland scenery most of time and is a great way to bike from Dayton to Xenia.
"We rode from Xenia Station to Eastwood Park. It is a nice trail. We passed Kil-Kare raceway and Nutter Park. We saw the golden arches by the trail in Dayton, and were surprised to see a McDonald's classic. We stopped for a rest and a drink there. Eastwood Park was very nice. On the way back we stopped at Nutter Park and had lunch. A great day ride."
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