Lunken Airport Bike Path

Ohio

Lunken Airport Bike Path Facts

States: Ohio
Counties: Hamilton
Length: 5 miles
Trail end points: Wilmer Ave. and OH 125
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6439378
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Lunken Airport Bike Path Description

The Lunken Airport Bike Path offers a 5-mile loop around Cincinnati's municipal Lunken Airport. Much of the trail sits atop the levee that protects the airport from flooding of the Little Miami River. The paved path is wide and affords many nice views of the airport for plane spotters. You also get nice views of the river in places.

The pathway connects to the Ohio River Trail at Wilmer Avenue, which follows the Ohio River into downtown Cincinnati. Both trails are part of the expansive Ohio to Erie Trail, a trail network which will stretch all the way across the state from Cincinnati, through Columbus, to Cleveland, a distance of 320 miles.

North of the airport, you can also pick up the Armleder Park Trail, which loops through its namesake park. The 238-acre park offers hiking trails, a playground, picnic shelters, recreational fields, and an off-leash dog park.

Parking and Trail Access

To park, take US Route 50 (historic Columbia Parkway and Eastern Avenue) to Ohio Route 125 (Beechmont Avenue) and turn right. Park by the driving range on the left side of the road.

Lunken Airport Bike Path Reviews

Took the family here and pulling my two young children in a caddy. It was a very beautiful ride and had the chance to see some plans take off and land at the airport.

Just getting into biking and wanted a nice trail to start on. This turned out to be a great ride. Very smooth and good views. I will definitely be spending some time on this trail.

Good ride and flat. Pretty isolated. Good to tie the in with a downtown loop

Accordion

Nice bike path, pretty smooth except for the part next to the road, as they are currently replacing the concrete sidewalk and there is a little bit of dirt/gravel here and there. What I really like about this trail (besides the closeness to my home) is that there are always planes flying in and out which is cool to watch. There is even a bench on the back side of the trail where you can relax for a min and oversee the entire airport. Plenty of geocaches hidden along this trail which is fun if you have kids. Lastly, the connectors to the other trails around (ohio to erie trail and otto park trail) is convenient. Watch out for deer!

Have biked the park in the past. It's 5 miles around and bit more if you go to Armleder park. It's flat and you can do that in about a quarter hour depending on how much foot traffic there is. Walking is boring for the most part. The trees are high and thick on a lot of the trail now. You can't see the airport which made it an interesting walk in the past. It doesn't seem like it wants to end. People don't make a lot of eye contact. I'm glad it is here if you need to put some time in, but it is not the most interesting.

I recently had the opportunity to skate the Lunken Bike Path (September, 2012). After reading the TrailLink info and reviewing several maps (Google Earth, etc.) I was planning to just skate the loop around the airport. The connection to the Armleder Park, mentioned in the TrailLink description, was too tempting to pass up. [More later] The loop around the airport can be broken down into 3 basic sections; (1) the trail on the levee on the south and east sides (smooth, not perfect asphalt), (2) the trail which separates the airport from the Reeves Golf course (smooth asphalt) and (3)the sidewalk along the Wilmer Road side of the airport (decent asphalt with multiple rough driveway crossings, the least pleasant portion of the loop). The 2 hills which must be traversed to get onto and down from the levee section are steep. The hill at the trail head near Wilmer Road also has a 90 degree to 120 degree turn. Anecdotally, a skater recently faceplanted descending this hill and had to be transported to an emergency room. The second hill, which descends from the levee to the golf course section, actually has a posted warning that bicyclists should dismount and walk down. I used a convenient metal railing as support while I inched down this section until I felt more comfortable. The trail now splits at the aforementioned levee hill and continues to Armleder Park. The asphalt is fresh and very smooth and on the day I was there not particularly littered with vegetation. Soon after the split is another imposing downhill which eventually passes under Beechmont Avenue and then northbound into Armleder Park. I had to brake (T-stop) almost halfway down this hill before my comfort level was reached but the reward was another few miles of flat, wide asphalt. I did not explore much of this park but the roads are smooth and wide. Bicyclists and joggers/runners/walkers should enjoy this trail with few trepidations; skaters should be confident of their ability on hills.

Mostly flat, but there are two large hills as you go up and down on the levee that bounds the airport to the east and south. Nice views of the airport around the trail.

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