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The Xenia–Jamestown Connector Trail links these two eponymous communities, and travels east beyond Jamestown to the Greene/Fayette county line at Rosemoor Road. It's part of Ohio’s Miami Valley trail system, one of the nation's largest networks of paved, off-street trails. In Xenia, the trail links at a hub with the Little Miami Scenic Trail, the Creekside Trail and the Prairie Grass Trail.
Start at the east end off Rosemoor Road southeast of Jamestown. You can also park off South Limestone Street in Jamestown. From here, more amenities quickly become available along the trail as you head toward Xenia.
Just a half mile into the journey a wooden bridge off the right side of the trail leads to grocery, which offers beverages, food and restrooms. Another trailhead on the left just 1 mile from the Jamestown trailhead is at Frank Seaman Park, offering restrooms, water and parking. In addition, it has numerous baseball fields, a covered pavilion and picnic area, as well as ample green space to either warm up for your ride or unwind afterward. Continuing northwest brings you to the crossing at Quarry Road.
The trail corridor is amazingly well shaded in summer by a thick canopy of deciduous trees. The periodic breaks in the trees over the next 2 miles allow you to get a peek of the vast farm fields that dominate this part of central Ohio. Just past mile 4 the trail crosses South New Jasper Station Road, and less than 0.5 mile past this, the trail crosses a bridge over the North Fork of Caesar's Creek. The bridge is a nicely built concrete deck and the view both up and down the meandering waterway, with its lush vegetation clinging to the banks, is well worth a stop.
The remaining 3 miles or so offer a smooth quick ride through more farm fields and forested canopy. Keep an eye out for South Monroe Siding Road. Just past it on the right is Skydive Greene County, which offers skydiving opportunities; on a nice day you'll see airplanes taking off and landing. Don't forget to look up as the planes landing will have most likely just had a group of parachutists jump out!
The trail ends at Washington Road in Xenia, where you can link to the other trails mentioned.
To reach the Jamestown trailhead at South Limestone Street from US 35, take Old US 35 east for 1.9 miles. Turn right onto South Limestone Street. After 0.14 mile, look for the small parking lot on the right side of the road; that is the trailhead. However, the Frank Seaman Park Trailhead offers a better starting point. To reach Frank Seaman Park from US 35, take Old US 35 east for 0.4 mile. Turn right onto Quarry Road; after 0.8 mile turn left onto Cottonville Road. Just 0.2 mile down the road look for Greenview High School on the left. Frank Seaman Park and the trailhead are accessed by going through the high school parking lot and turning right.
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!
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).
Out of Xenia. Jamestown has mc Donald's off trail. And other eateries. Slight incline
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.
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.
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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