Looking for the best trails for biking this summer? We asked Wade Johnston, director of local bike trail advocacy group Tri-State Trails, for his recommendations. His six picks — and the reasons why — are below.
Find more area bike paths at tristatetrails.org/explore or plan your urban commute with Tri-State Trails’ new “Low-Stress Bike Map” feature.
Whitewater Canal Trail
“If you’ve never been to the Whitewater Canal Trail, or it’s been a while since your last visit, now is the time to make the trip to Franklin County. After years of dedication by a small group of volunteers, the trail recently built some important connections. What was once three non-contiguous trail segments is now connected to a cohesive 11-mile trail stretching from the Laurel Fedder Dam almost to downtown Brookville. This scenic corridor crosses the historic downtown Metamora and features memorable locks from the old whitewater canal.”
“The recent extension of Wasson Way through the treetops of Ault Park is a must-see. This east-west corridor of the 34-mile CROWN Urban Trail Loop now extends approximately 6 miles and connects to the center- town of Mariemont via Murray Rd. There is a short on-road segment near the Ault Park switchback that follows Old Red Bank Road and Woodland Drive to connect the two trails. Stay tuned for exciting news on the expansion of the Little Miami Scenic Trail later this year!”
Great Miami River Trail
“Last year, a key gap between Middletown and Franklin was closed, after nearly a decade of effort. You can now travel approximately 65 miles from Middletown to Dayton to Piqua, which is a big deal! We are working with MetroParks of Butler County and Great Miami Riverway to connect this regional corridor with an additional 11 miles of GMRT in Hamilton and Fairfield Township for the foreseeable future.”
“Covington’s riverside got a facelift last year with a new amphitheater and an improved trail layout west of the Roebling Bridge. In addition to this, Covington recently extended the western terminus of the trail to at Swain Court, which greatly improves biking to West Covington and Ludlow, as well as presenting a spectacular view of the Cincinnati River.Although the trail does not yet connect perfectly to Newport for biking, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is developing plans to rebuild the Fourth Street Bridge between Campbell and Kenton counties, an important project for cyclists interested in advocating for a better design with a high-quality bike path between Newport and Covington .”
Ohio River Trail
“Cincinnati is doing its part to advance the regional vision of the Ohio River Way between Portsmouth and Louisville by building new connections in the Ohio River Trail. Last year, a vital link between Lunken Airport and Coney Island This eastern leg of the CROWN spans approximately 7 miles from Schmidt Field in the East End to Kellogg Park in Anderson Township with an on-road section through the California waterfront street grid. the west side, a new section of the Ohio River Trail West is nearing completion from Fairbanks Avenue in Sedamsville to Gilday/Riverside Park.”
Little Miami Scenic Trail
“I would be remiss if I did not mention the Little Miami Scenic Trail, also lovingly called the Loveland Bike Trail. Unfortunately, a key section of this trail will be closed until December for construction of a new bridge at King Ave. ./Grandin Road near Cartridge Brewing. When completed, the trail will have improved parking at the trailhead and a tunnel to bypass the road intersection. Return to the south end of the Little Miami Scenic Trail later this summer – Great Parks of Hamilton County is expected to complete the Beechmont Bridge to Lunken Airport in September.”
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