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The Xenia–Jamestown Connector 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 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 4 miles of the route become rural once again to the trail’s end at Rosemoor Road.
To reach Xenia Station, near the north end of the trail, from I-675, take Exit 13A, and head east on US 35. In 6.6 miles, veer right to remain on US 35 E toward Washington C H. Continue 2.5 miles, and exit onto US 42. Head north on US 42, and go 1.2 miles. Turn right onto S. Miami Ave., and turn left into the station parking lot in 0.4 mile.
For the southern end of the trail, the best parking can be found in Frank Seaman Park. To reach the park from I-71, take Exit 58. Head north on OH 72, and go 5 miles. Turn left onto Jasper Road, and go 2.3 miles. Turn right onto Waynesville Jamestown Road, and go 1.8 miles. Turn left onto Cottonville Road. Just 0.8 mile down the road, look for Greenview High School on the right. Access Frank Seaman Park by going through the high school parking lot and turning right.
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