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Riding on Ohio's Little Miami Scenic Trail

This paved trail was brought to our attention by an e-mail message saying "Why do you not have Ohio on your site? We have wonderful trails!" And he was so right. We really enjoyed our few days on the Little Miami Scenic Trail. At that time the trail ran 70 miles. We were notified by a website user some time ago that an 11 mile section had been added. We have heard from the website coordinator for the Hamilton County Park District that another section is open bringing the trail to more than 85 miles (the official opening and ribbon-cutting is June 10).

The newest section is a 2.7-mile segment extending from the trailhead in Milford through Terrace Park and onto Avoca Park. The notice of the opening said that the Hamilton County Park District paved an additional two miles of trail from Avoca to its Little Miami Golf Center. It also said parking is available at Avoca Park as well as restrooms.

We appreciate the update. We are encouraged to hear that trails are being lengthened.

Our experience on the trail was riding through quiet natural areas where you could spot various kinds of wildlife, through farming areas which I always enjoy, and through unique little villages where you can find ice cream shops (our favorite) or other places to buy prepared food or snacks. There are places to rent bikes or skates, canoes for a ride on the river, or picnic areas where you can rest. There are shops to browse through; what more could you ask for?

It's a perfect trail for families. The area offers such a variety of things to do. Check out Little Miami Scenic Trail for complete details of what is available, including a map. Also check out the Little Miami State Park page. Another recommended site is Bike Miami Valley.

This page has not been updated in quite some time. It simply shares our experience on the trail. A website that that has been recommended to us as one being updated regularly, plus it contains maps, is: Miami Valley Trails.

We stayed at the Holiday Inn in Xenia, and found it to be a perfect location. There is a connector trail linking the Little Miami and Creekside trails right across the street from the parking lot. We enjoyed riding out from the motel and being able to stop for breakfast along the way.

Another thing we really enjoyed was the Air Force Museum in Dayton. If you have any interest in aircraft or in the history of aircraft, don't miss it. One word of warning, we thought a half-day would be enough for us, but it wasn't. We enjoyed it so much that we went back the next afternoon. There is far more to see and it is more interesting than we had expected. Copyright 2007, All Rights Reserved