Xenia-Jamestown Connector


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Xenia-Jamestown Connector Facts

States: Ohio
Counties: Greene
Length: 18.5 miles
Trail end points: Washington St, 0.1 mile east of US 68 (Xenia) and Water St (Octa)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6017221

Xenia-Jamestown Connector Description

The Xenia–Jamestown Connector links these two eponymous communities and continues east beyond Jamestown to the village of Octa in Fayette County

It’s part of Ohio’s Miami River Valley trail system, one of the nation’s largest networks of paved, off-street trails. From its starting point in Xenia, the path is less than 0.5 mile from the trail hub at Xenia Station, where you can pick up the Little Miami Scenic Trail, the Creekside Trail, and the Prairie Grass Trail.

From Washington Street in Xenia, you’ll pedal southeast out of town, largely under a thick canopy of trees. You’ll pass under US 35 and continue through a mixture of forests and vast farm fields that dominate this part of central Ohio.

From the underpass, it’s 2.7 miles to South Monroe Siding Road. As you approach the roadway, look to your left and you’ll see a small airfield for Skydive Greene County, which offers skydiving opportunities; on a nice day, you may see airplanes taking off and landing, and parachutists in the sky.

After another 2.4 miles, the path crosses the North Branch of Caesar Creek. The bridge has a nicely built concrete deck and scenic views both up and down the meandering waterway. With lush vegetation clinging to the banks, it is well worth a stop.

From the creek, it’s 3 miles of rural riding before you reach a well-marked crossing of Quarry Road. About 0.5 mile farther and you’ll come to a spur on your right leading south into Frank Seaman Park. The park supplies ample amenities, including restrooms, water, parking, and a picnic area, as well as ample green space to unwind.

From the park, you enter Jamestown. The trail experience here becomes busier, with a mix of residential and commercial areas close at hand. As you leave town, the last section of the route becomes primarily rural once again. The route passes under I-71 and continues to the trail’s southeast end in the village of Octa, where there are portable toilets and a pleasant picnic shelter. 

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at a number of locations along the trail. Visit the TrailLink map for all options and detailed directions.

Xenia-Jamestown Connector Reviews

Xenia-Jamestown Connector

Left Xenia Station and headed to this trail (Ohio Trail #4). Directions to the trail not obvious from the station. Had to go about 1+ blocks on Washington St. to enter. Once on the trail, it was smooth, brand new asphalt. Nice canopy of trees and lots of farmland to view heading to Jamestown. As of today, could only ride to Stringtown Rd. as they are laying new pavement east of there. Will be a great ride once finished.

Peaceful, scenic trail

We rode this trail for the second time on a perfect day in May. In summer 2022 it really had been “the trail to nowhere” so we were pleasantly surprised to discover that the trail has been extended by about 3 miles, taking you under I-71 to the village of Octa, where we found a picnic shelter and portalets (note: no running water). It was the middle of a weekday and we encountered only 8 other cyclists in total on the route out from Xenia and back.

Day 1

Xenia is a casual cyclist's version of heaven. Five trails radiate out of this town. "Xenia Station" is the nucleus. Find yourselves a nice bed and breakfast and spend the week.

This is a great warm up trial. Nicely maintained. We did 42 miles in May 2024 to start our week.

Xenia-Jamestown Connector extension

Looks like this trail will be extended.
Can some enlighten me?


Nice quiet country ride

This trail is great for those looking to do some peaceful quiet miles. Rarely very many people on the trail, and those you do see become regulars you’ll stop and talk to. Trail is nicely maintained, the only negative is that once you pass through Jamestown there are a lot of sticks and debris on the path several days after any storm or windy day. That area just doesn’t ever see much traffic and dead ends into a field. A real shame they didn’t complete the extra couple miles to the outlet mall, cause you are truly riding to no where. You’ll ride next to an airfield that is a very active skydiving park, go through a small town ( stop at Orion coffee), and do many miles of shaded country. All in all, great for a relaxed peaceful ride.

Xenia to Jamestown a quiet, peaceful ride.

Rode this trail over the weekend and were surprised at the low number of riders on the outbound. The trail's asphalt pavement is in good shape and there is more shade that we expected. There are a few places for drinks and snacks when you reach Jamestown. Would recommend this ~25 mile ride.

Definitely a Hidden Gem

This former rail line is flat, straight and desolate. Outside of the few miles within Xenia and Jamestown, you are riding between fields of corn or soybeans. Considering that you are surrounded by farms, the trail is surprisingly tree covered for much of its length which I'm sure is a blessing during the summer. At this time of year, there were a lot of acorns and black walnuts on the trail where the trees were the thickest. I suppose that could pose an issue for the tires of some types of bikes.

While there were lots of cyclists out and about when I arrived in Xenia, this trail was lightly travelled. I saw only 3 people while traveling out and back throughout the entire length of the trail. I think that this trail could become much more popular if it was extended into Washington Courthouse, Ohio to connect to the Paint Creek Recreational Trail that extends all the way to Chillicothe, Ohio. (Google Earth shows the undeveloped route of this old rail line.)

Shade for the summer rides

Well-maintained tree-lined path through beautiful country. It’s flat, so it’s an easy place to log some miles.

New Jamestown B&B

I had to tell all my friends about this! I hear there is a hotel motel or bed and breakfast and I think bike shop bike club opening right on the bike path Xenia Jamestown connector right on Verity St. & S. Church. That is so cool and convenient, we use to have to travel back to Xenia or Jeffersonville that is not on the east portion bike path. I will also be the first to try the inn, tent or room with hot water and soft bed and air conditioning or heat depending when I go.

Great ride from Xenia to Jamestown!

A friend and I rode this trail as part of a 12-day, 460 mile “Tour of Ohio Trails” – riding as much of the network of Miami Valley trails as we could. The Xenia–Jamestown Connector Trail goes from Xenia to Jamestown of course. Xenia is a much bigger city – Jamestown is small. This trail is part of Ohio’s Miami Valley trail system, an AMAZING network of trails (which I intend to ride ALL of). This is a very straight, lovely trail, mostly shaded through some farmlands and leads to Jamestown where we found the most fun, amazing café - Kelley’s. DEFINITELY go there. Very good food/beer/service/reasonable prices/patio dining, etc. etc. We rode from Xenia to Jamestown and back (22.6 miles) as part of that day’s “travels”. We enjoyed this part of the ride as part of a much larger ride, but if we lived in the area, I would be a regular rider on this section! It is a well-maintained multi-use paved path. Heaven to ride on (especially if you have ridden a lot of crushed limestone paths!). We did not go east of Jamestown (so we can’t evaluate that part of the trail) as we needed to ride back to Xenia to find lodging…we thoroughly enjoyed this ride. Added bonus - it was October, the temperature dropped unexpectedly, we didn't have enough warm clothes and Jamestown has a DOLLAR GENERAL - we went shopping and got WARM STUFF for next to nothing!

Great shady path

My wife and I rode from Corwin to Xenia on the Little Miami, then caught the connector to the end at Rosemoor Rd. from there, about 6 miles of country roads took us to a hotel in Jeffersonville. The Xenia-Jamestown Connector portion is very pleasant with lots of shaded areas. Views of bean and corn fields were frequent. It was interesting to see the skydiving, also. The only complaint is that the path, designated number 4 out of Xenia, is labeled 3 once you get near Jamestown and beyond. Since 3 is the Little Miami Scenic Trail, it was a bit confusing, making me question for a while if we were on the right one. Overall a very enjoyable ride for a couple in their late youth (mid-60s).

great paved trail.

Out of Xenia. Jamestown has mc Donald's off trail. And other eateries. Slight incline

Great Smooth Trail

The trail was very smooth and clean from Xenia to Jamestown. We watched three sky divers exit an airplane at the sky dive park mentioned in the trail description. The only let down was east of Jamestown the trail was a consistent mine field of tree limbs and sticks. It seemed as if the recent mowing on the sides of the trail blew debris onto the trail instead of away from the trail.

The trail was a mix of tree lined and places where you could see the countryside.

We'll ride it again in the future, but will not go to trails end if it is littered like today.

Great Ride - Route 35 underpass completed

Rode the trail today, great ride. Please note that the new underpass for route 35 just east of Xenia is now COMPLETED. So no more detours on city streets to get around this.

Starting from Xenia Station, it is about 2 blocks ob city streets, follow the well marked signs. From there it is all nice smooth blacktop trail all the way past Jamestown.

There are no obvious rest stops in Jamestown. But McD's and other food is just a block to the north.

August 2011 trail review Jamestown Connector

Having ridden this trail in mid-August, I'd like to share a few comments.

Tanger Outlets ( formally Prime Outlets ) in Jeffersonville Ohio is about 3 miles from the eastern most end of the trail. As that end is closest to my house, I dropped off the wife and kids for a few hours of shopping and headed to the path.

I parked beside the trail where it crosses Rosemoor Road at the eastern end. I'd estimate there is room directly beside the path for 5 vehicles at least.

The trail is flat and runs thru mostly rural areas. At Jamestown it transitions’ to city streets for about 2 blocks; it’s a strait shot so you can't get lost. The trail was lightly used; I saw perhaps 12 folks in addition to myself each time.

The trail is majority shaded; in fact I wore clear eye protection for the entire trail on a bright sunny day. I was treated to an unexpected show when riding by a small airport. I looked up to see 3 or four parachutists in the sky manipulating their chutes to land on the runway.

Compared to other Ohio trails I've experienced this trail was noticeably covered with numerous small broken branches ( sticks ) and more than the usual small rocks on the sections that had full tree cover. A few leaves and walnuts are expected this time of year of course, but the many sticks required a bit of caution to negotiate safely.

At the western most end, the trail ends abruptly at Route 35; that section appears to be new as the asphalt is very black. Just before that end, as the path crosses S. Beckett Road, there is signage indicating a street route to ... presumably ... where the path picks back up on the opposite side of Route 35 and on to Xenia Station.

My wife had a great time shopping with a local friend, the kids got some school clothes, and I had a pleasant ride in beautiful country. All and all, a wonderful day for all.

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