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The Great Miami River Trail is the backbone of one of the nation’s largest paved trail networks, spanning 340 miles throughout Ohio’s Miami Valley. The route connects beautiful natural areas, small towns and large cities across four counties in southwestern Ohio.
Beginning in Piqua, the trail has a wonderfully maintained asphalt surface for its entire length of more than 86 miles. The majority of the trail keeps you close to the river, creating a prime opportunity to observe wildlife along the way. Riding along the river, you quickly see that the impressive levee system built to keep the river out of town has allowed the space for a trail to be built.
Leaving Piqua on your way south to Troy, you’ll be delighted with the Robert J. Shook Memorial Bikeway Bridge over the river. Entering Troy, you’ll experience some impressive routing through the city that allows you to maintain a trail experience in some tight space situations. As you regain the river, you’re greeted with an impressive city park along the waterfront.
Heading south, you will welcome the shaded tree canopy. Tipp City offers many amenities for trail users, including some of the best way-finding signage you can hope to see along a trail. The next stretch of trail is amazingly scenic and quiet as you ride through forests and a metro park before crossing the river again and continuing underneath I-70.
The trail entrance into Dayton proper is a great experience. You pass through five different parks and one island and cross two trail bridges! The path hugs the river through the city, with ample chances to turn off and enjoy amenities.
In Dayton, many trail connections are possible. On the city's west side, you can connect to the Wolf Creek Trail, which heads northwest to Trotwood, Brookville, and Verona. On the city’s north end, you can hop on the Stillwater River Bikeway to go to Englewood. In Dayton’s RiverScape MetroPark, the trail intersects with the Mad River Trail, which reaches the museums and attractions of the National Aviation Heritage Area and the Wright Patterson Air Force Base.
The Great Miami River Trail continues through small towns, including Miamisburg, which boasts many trail-friendly places to visit and helpful signage telling you how to get to them. The end of this long stretch of connected trail is just south of Franklin, 57.6 miles from Piqua.
A gap in the trail outside Franklin was eliminated in 2021, allowing trail users to continue along the edge of the state highway and proceed uninterrupted through the city of Middletown. After about a 5-mile gap, the final completed section of the path begins at Rentschler Forest MetroPark north of Hamilton. The trail travels through the city to its terminus at Waterworks Park just south of Hamilton.
The Great Miami River Trail connects several parks, which offer parking and other facilities (north to south):
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