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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 products. The first 2 phases are complete for a total of 1.5 miles of paved trail from Cleveland Avenue to B Street near Spooky Nook Champion Mill. The first half-mile of trail was completed in the summer of 2021 and another mile was added in 2022.
Already the trail is a popular place for families to get outside. Surrounded by greenery, it features a bridge over Two Mile Creek. As a bonus, there's an ice-cream shop on Eaton Avenue. Phase 3 is funded, and a connection to the Great Miami River Trail is planned as part of phase 4.
Park at Jim Grimm Park, and then take Cleveland Ave. north to the start of the trail (1025 Cleveland Ave, Hamilton).
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