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Piqua City Linear Park 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.
Directions to access points of the trail:
Troy-Sidney Road: From Interstate 75, head east on US 36 for one mile. Take a right on Troy-Sidney Road and the staging area is on the right about 0.5 mile south of US 36.
Miami Valley Centre Mall: Easy access from I-75 and US 36, take US 36 west from I-75 or follow US 36 through Piqua from the west. Turn into the mall entrance and follow the road around to the Comfort Inn. Access to the trail is at the railroad track crossing.
Lock 9 Park: From I-75, take US 36 west into Piqua. Take a left at the first light and head straight into Lock 9 Park. You'll have to take a left on Water Street and a quick right into the parking area. From the west, take US 36 through Piqua. Lock 9 Park will be on the right just past the intersection of Water and Main Streets. From County Road 25-A south, take a right onto Water Street from Main Street. From CR 25-A north, take a left on Water Street from Main Street.
City Municipal Building: From I-75, take US 36 west to the intersection of Water and Downing Streets. Turn left on Downing Street and parking is located in the rear of the municipal complex. From US 36 west, head into Piqua. After taking a right from College Street onto Water Street, the municipal complex is 0.5 mile east on your right. Turn right onto Downing or Wayne Streets. Parking is located behind the municipal complex. From CR 25-A west, take a right off Main Street onto Water Street. From CR 25-A east, take a left onto Water Street. The municipal complex is up one block. Park in the rear of the complex.
French Park: From I-75, take US 36 west into Piqua. Stay on US 36 which turns into Water Street. Stay on that road, going straight through the intersection at College Street. French Park is 0.3 mile on your left. From US 36 west, take a left on Sunset Drive (past K-Mart). Take a right on High Street and then a right on Steele Street at the bottom of the hill. Steele Street turns into Water Street. French Park will be on the right. From CR 25-A (Main Street), turn west on Water Street to College Street. Go straight at Water Street past College Street and French Park is up 0.3 mile on the left.
Spiker Road: From I-75, stay on US 36 west through Piqua. Just over a mile past K-Mart, turn right onto Spiker Road. Parking area is up 0.25 mile on the right. From US 36 west, turn left onto Spiker Road. From CR 25-A, get on US 36 west from downtown. Follow US 36 past K-Mart and turn right onto Spiker Road.
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