Walking and bicycle trails around Cincinnati

Posted: March 9th, 2016 at 4:45 pm

bikeEnjoy Cincinnati from the ground up. Walk or bike and enjoy all the area has to offer. There are trails for any amount of time you have to spend. Below is just a sampling of the extensive trail system in the region.

Under 3 miles

  • Newport Southbank Bridge (Purple People Bridge) (0.5 miles). What’s cool about it: It’s an old railroad bridge converted to a pedestrian bridge and it’s painted purple!
  • Luther Warren Peach Path (1.2 miles). What’s cool about it: The trail includes two former railroad bridges, one of which was covered as a Boy Scout project.
  • Sharon Woods Loop Trail (2.6 miles). What’s cool about it: The loop encircles the lake and winds its way through scenic Sharon Woods.

Under 10 miles

  • Wright Brothers Huffman Prairie Bikeway (4.6 miles). What’s cool about it: Take the opportunity to stop and tour the Wright Brothers memorial during this ride.
  • Shaker Trace Trail (7.8 miles). What’s cool about it: The trail is located around Miami Whitewater Forest park, surrounded by wetlands, tall grass prairie and farmland. If you don’t have your own bike, you can rent one at the boathouse near the visitor’s center.

Under 50 miles

  • Creekside Trail (15 miles). What’s cool about it: Reviewers could not praise this trail enough, with the highlight being the opportunity to ride alongside the creek.
  • Prairie Grass Trail (29 miles). What’s cool about it: It’s a pretty ride with lots to see: monarch butterflies, equestrians, a lake, farms and a restored train station.

Under 250 miles

  • Little Miami Scenic Trail (73 miles). What’s cool about it: Throughout the trail, there’s plenty to engage the history buff: a historical marker about abolitionist Moncure Daniel Conway, mounds built by the Fort Ancient tribe, railroad relics and more. According to TrailLink, “this trail is traveled by more Ohioans than any other trail in the state.”
  • Great Miami River Trail (86.2 miles). What’s cool about it: Although the trail passes through urban areas, it also goes through an Amish community.
  • Ohio to Erie Trail (247 miles). What’s cool about it: It crosses the state of Ohio to Lake Erie. You’ll see everything you can imagine: urban areas, suburbs, rural farmland, natural landscape and even Ohio’s Amish community.

Did you take a walk or ride? Please share with us your experiences on the trail.

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