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The Ohio-to-Indiana Trail was constructed on an abandoned railroad bed from the city's easternmost point to its westernmost point. Midway, it connects to the Great Miami River Trail and is part of the 330-mile Miami Valley trail system, one of the nation's largest networks of paved, off-street trails.
Beginning on the east end of the trail, a staging area is located off Troy-Sidney Road. From the staging area, the first mile is a corridor lined with railroad ballast and trees on both sides.
At the end of the first mile, the trail crosses Looney Road and runs parallel to Patrizio Place. A rest area is located just to the west of Patrizio Place. Trail users can also park at the mall near Comfort Inn and access the trail just west of the railroad tracks.
From the railroad tracks heading west, the bridge going over the Great Miami River is less than a mile away. This is a highlight of the trail, offering a unique view of the city. A rest area is located just east of the bridge. A set of steps equipped with a bike groove in the center awaits users at the west end of the bridge. Another staging area, Lock 9 Park, is just northeast of the steps and has a water fountain and off-street parking. The Linear Park can also be accessed from Lock 9 Park.
From the steps, users can continue heading west through the downtown area. Street crossings at Main, Wayne, Downing and Roosevelt can easily be negotiated. The recent completion of the new City Municipal Government Complex provides another parking and access point to the trail. From Roosevelt, users will head up a hill to the College Street Bridge. The bridge goes over US 36 and heads into the French Park area, where trail users have the option to travel north on the Hydraulic Canal Run. Several rest areas can be found on the stretch between French Park and the municipal complex.
French Park, a former junkyard, has been developed into an attractive green space with a plateau for picnickers as well as trail users. The park is located at the corner of Water and Steele Streets and offers off-street parking and ramped access heading both east and west to the trail. Two more rest areas can be found at the highest point of French Park.
From French Park heading west, it's less than a mile to the Sunset tunnel. The area is a mixture of grass berms and railroad ballast and offers mature trees on both sides of the trail. Another rest area can be found midway between French Park and the tunnel.
From the tunnel, it's less than a mile to a street crossing at Robert M. Davis Parkway. The first half of this section offers mature trees and shade the majority of the day. Grass berms border the trail on both sides.
From the street crossing at Davis Parkway, it's one mile to the trail's other end at Spiker Road. The majority of this section offers railroad ballast on both sides, agricultural areas to the north and another rest area. The end of the trail at Spiker Road offers another staging area and parking area.
The trail was funded in part both from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Department of Transportation. Signage on the trail often uses the acronym P.A.T.H. for rules and directions. The Piqua Activity Trail for Health has proven to be a great asset to the city.
Parking is available at 6665 Spiker Rd, French Park (219 W Water St), P.A.T.H parking (112 N Main St), and at the eastern endpoint at Troy-Sidney Rd.
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