Towpath Trail

Little Miami Scenic Trail


Not only is the Little Miami Scenic Trail one of the most popular trails in Ohio, but it is the backbone for trail development in the Miami Valley. [Scroll past 'Specs & Facts' to continue reading.]


Latest Update: 7/8/18 by OB - Mid July Closure Reminder

From Little Miami State Park - "Starting in mid-July and continuing into September, improvement projects in the Fort Ancient area between SR 350 and Strout Rd. and near Spring Valley between New Burlington Rd. and Roxanna New Burlington Rd. may require intermittent weekday trail closures...

Check out previous updates below to get more details.


Corwin Improvements - 7/6/18 by OB

From Little Miami State Park - "ODNR staff installed a new drinking fountain and bottle filling station at the Corwin trailhead restroom. New hand dryers, lights, and faucets were put in as well..." more

Construction Closures - 7/2/18 by OB

From Simon Kenton Pathfinders - "Trail repair/maintenance work is underway on the Little Miami Trail in Clark County/Springfield AND on the Buck Creek Trail east of the spur to the Simon Kenton Trail Detours will be posted for the Little Miami Trail--signs are in place--so be aware that you may need to divert to streets between Now and July 13th.

"There is no posted detour for the Buck Creek Trail closure. This closure is for a complete rebuilding/relocation of the trail where it has been eroded by Buck Creek. This closure is scheduled to be in effect until August 23rd.

"We have heard from the City of Springfield that work is not taking place on the trails July 3rd and July4th due to the holiday. However, there is the possibiltiy that passage may be difficult in some places or that the trail may be posted as closed. Work will resume after July 4th."

Construction Closures Coming - 6/12/18 by OB

From Friends of the Little Miami - "Construction projects between Strout Rd and SR 350 [2.3-mile section south from Rt. 350 near Fort Ancient in Warren County], and between New Burlington Rd and Roxanna New Burlington Rd [4.3-mile section between Corwin & Spring Valley] will begin mid-July.

"Once work begins and through September 10, contractors may close the trail for work on weekdays, but must re-open the trail on weekends--unobstructed and safe for users from 5:00 pm Fridays until 7:00 am Mondays.

"From September 11-October 31, the contractor will have full control of the sites and can close the trail for up to two weekends in each area. The contractor will do their best to minimize closures. For the safety of trail users and construction workers, please abide by all closure notices and barricades."

Easements Approved for Lunken Connection - 6/2/18 by OB

Cincinnati, OH - "Cincinnati Planning Commission approves easement for @great_parks to build a connection over the Little Miami River using the existing Beechmont Ave bridge which will connect Lunken Trail with Loveland Trail..." more

Funding Approved for Resurfacing - 4/10/18 by OB

SW, OH - From Friends of the Little Miami Trail, "The Capital Budget has been signed into law by Governor Kasich, including the recommended $200,000 for repaving parts of the [Little Miami Scenic] trail! These funds, requested by FLMSP, will be administered by ODNR, and they will determine the timing of the disbursement."

Beatty Station Trailhead Improvements - 4/7/18 by OB

Springfield, OH - From springfieldnewssun.com, "...The updated trailhead, located at 3200 Springfield-Xenia Road, [now] feature[s] a number of new amenities, including a dedicated bathroom, a bike fix-it station, a picnic area and mock train for children. A $66,000 grant was provided by NatureWorks to pay for part of the upgrades for the area." more...

Trail Section Closure 3/26 - 3/30 - 3/8/18 by OB

South Lebanon, OH - "The trail will be closed at the State Route 48 overpass near South Lebanon beginning March 26 as ODOT works to fix the washout issues. This work is scheduled to last 5 days."

Rock Slide South Of Loveland - 2/26/18 by OB

Miami Twp., OH - From Friends of the Little Miami, "...we are aware of the rock slide under 275 [3 mi south of Loveland] between Bridge St and Beech Rd in Clermont County. ODOT has agreed to help us get that cleared off.

"Please be patient as crews are stretched thin with all the high water in our region. Continue to use caution on the trail, looking out for high water, debris, and mud."

$1M Approved for Trail Work - 2/6/18 by OB

Warren County, OH - From daytondailynews.com, "...The project is the second phase of a larger bank stabilization project that will allow the trail to remain safe by armoring two slips along the Little Miami Scenic River and relocating the trail away from potential danger zones." more...

Cincy Trail Connection Plans - 1/13/18 by OB

From cincinnati-oh.gov, "...This project will include a bridge over the Little Miami Scenic River, a retaining wall underneath the bridge, and a tunnel under the State Route 32 westbound ramp to Beechmont Avenue [in Cincinnati].

"Design of this phase is fully funded and is expected to be complete in 2018. The project has received a federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant in the amount of $4.3M, and construction is scheduled to begin in summer of 2019." more...

Help Wanted! - Trail Resurfacing Effort - 1/10/18 by OB

From Friends of the Little Miami, "...resurfacing is a lower priority and may not begin for years. The Friends of the Little Miami State Park would like to see repaving of the oldest (1983) and most deteriorated sections done sooner..." Visit their facebook page to learn how you can help.

Trail Reopens along Tree Removal Sections - 12/9/17 by OB

From Friends of the Little Miami, "... ODNR crews and FLMSP volunteers worked this week to remove over 1200 dead and dangerous ash trees from along the trail. Clean up work will continue so please use caution around crews and equipment.

"Thank you for your patience as we work to make the trail safer for our users."

Xenia Twp. Section Closure thru March 2018 - 12/8/17 by OB

From miamivalleytrails.org, "The Little Miami Scenic Trail from Brush Row Road to Clifton Road (between Xenia and Yellow Springs) will be closed effective immediately for a water main installation project being done by Greene County Sanitary Engineering. This closure is expected to last until March 31, 2018.

"There will be barricades in place during the closure with no detour route posted. Please advise all trail users to not ride beyond the barricades in place. If you have questions regarding this project, please call Greene County Parks & Trails at 937-562-6440.

[This work closes a 1-mile section of trail.]

See this page for detour suggestions.

Tree Removal Closures Continue - 11/30/17 by OB

From Friends of the Little Miami, "The Little Miami Scenic Trail will be CLOSED for dead tree removal in the following segments: From Hedges Rd. in Greene County to the Corwin trailhead and from East Broadway St. in Loveland to Terrace Park (just north of Avoca Park).

"The trail is OPEN between Corwin and Loveland, but many logs and branches lie in the berms, so please use caution.

"For your safety and the safety of workers, please observe all closures and do not go around barricades."

Section Closure Update - 11/16/17 by OB

Loveland, OH - From Friends of the Little Miami, "The Little Miami Scenic Trail is closed between Fosters and Adams Road (north of Loveland) for dead tree removal. Closure will continue through Nov. 21 or until further notice.

"For the safety of trail users and workers, please observe all closure notices and barriers. Thank you!"

Trail Section Closure - 11/10/17 by OB

SW OH - From Friends of the Little Miami Trail, "November 9-17: The Little Miami Scenic Trail will be closed between South Lebanon and Fosters for dead tree removal.

"For the safety of trail users and workers, please observe all closure notices and barriers."

Trail Section Closing - 11/3/17 by OB

SW OH - There will be rolling closures along a 13.3 mile section of the Little Miami Scenic Trail between Caesar Creek Gorge State Nature Preserve and South Lebanon Ohio from November 1, 2017 through November 22, 2017 for trail maintenance.

"For the safety of trail users and workers, please observe all closure notices and barriers."

Upcoming Trail Improvements/Closures - 8/17/17 by Gretchen Rives

Greene County, OH - "Nearly $133,000 from the Transportation Administration Funds... will be invested into the maintenance of Greene County's paved trails managed by GCP&T with a crack filling and seal coating project scheduled for September.

"...Greene County Parks & Trails will invest $64,046 as matching funds for the program.

"'With the voter's approval of Issue 18 in 2015,' says GCP&T Director Chrisbell Bednar, 'the park agency is able to maintain and improve the 62 miles of paved trails managed by the organization...'"

"The Little Miami Scenic Trail from the Village of Yellow Springs to the Clark County line, Creekside Trail from Alpha to the Montgomery County line and the Xenia-Jamestown Connector from Washington Street in Xenia to Jasper Road in Silvercreek Township will be impacted by the project.

"The paved trails improvement project will create temporary and rolling closures through early September. Seven to ten days prior to the start of the project, the Ohio Department of Transportation will place signage regarding the upcoming trail closures.

"For more information or up-to-date information on the trail closures, contact Greene County Parks & Trails at 937.562.6440, email info@gcparkstrails.com or visit gcparkstrails.com."

Springfield Bike Patrols Expanding - 7/15/17 by OB

From whio.com, "...The Springfield Police Division is expanding its bicycle patrols to Springfield's greenway trail network.

"The Little Miami Trail, Simon Kenton Trial and the east-west connector, Buck Creek Trail will be patrolled by certified bike patrol officers to off-duty staffing from now into early fall, Clark County Combined Health District officials said Friday. "

8-Mile Trail Section gets New Asphalt - 5/13/17 by OB

From Friends of the Little Miami State Park, "...An 8-mile section of trail from Camp Denison to Loveland was recently repaved, thanks to a $750,000 grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The work included drainage improvement and widening of the trail through downtown Loveland.

"The public is invited to attend a celebration of the newly-surfaced trail section... Saturday, May 20, 10:00 a.m. @ Miami Riverview Park, 587 Branch Hill-Loveland Rd., Loveland, Ohio."

Jeremiah Morrow Bridge (I-71) - 4/25/17 by James

I saw that the ODOT demolished the Jeremiah Morrow bridge, how long will the trail in that area be closed?

[OB: Although there may be additional closings in the future, the only scheduled closing that has been reported (that I could find) was April 23. Check the Friends of the Little Miami Facebook page for further updates: https://www.facebook.com/pg/FriendsLMSP/posts/]

Miamiville Trail Paving - 4/24/17 by OB

From Friends of the Little Miami State Park, "Repaving begins April 24, on the southern end (Camp Denison/Miamiville) section of the trail and will move north through Loveland over the next 2 weeks.

"The TRAIL WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL USERS in areas of active paving. Please look for alternate routes to avoid the rolling closures."

Miamiville to Loveland - 4/23/17 by Ruth

It appears they are preparing to pave the trail. Do you know the extent of the work and where it will be? Also, when will they do it? Right now there are major bumps at each intersection where they've ground it out. Thanks!

Upcoming Trail Closure in Warren County - 2/9/17 OB

From dot.state.oh.us, "Retaining wall installation along the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail under the Jeremiah Morrow bridge requires a two-week closure beginning Monday, Feb. 20.

"Beginning at 6 a.m. Monday, Feb. 20, the trail will be closed from just north to just south of the bridge, Mondays through Fridays, until Friday, March 3. The trail will be open on weekends.

"Notice of Closure signs are placed on the trail and various flagging operations will be used to prepare for the complete short-term closures. All work is contingent upon weather.

"To help ensure the safety of the construction workers as well as the traveling public, motorists should remain alert, reduce their speed and watch for stopped traffic while passing through the work zone."

More on Upcoming 2017 Loveland Improvements - 1/5/17 OB

From cincinnati.com, "...The city will continue its investment in downtown with upgraded LED street lights, improvements to the West Loveland Avenue bike trail crossing, the completion of the wayfinding project, along with the Ohio Department of Natural Resource's widening of the bike trail...

"...The project will add uniform wayfinding directional and parking signs throughout the downtown. The project will also add time limits to certain lots to try and free up parking spaces closer to restaurants and shops by having cyclists going for long rides park their cars farther away."


Trail Specs & Facts:

Location: Greene, Warren, Clermont, Hamilton & Clark Counties

Class: A1++

Length: 78 miles / asphalt

Condition: N/A

Facilities: At many of the trailheads & parks along the trail.

Parking: Xenia Station in Xenia, OH. (See trail map for more options.)

Worth Noting: Once the trail is officially connected to Lunken Field, the Little Miami will boast 7 trail connections over its 78-mile span.

Map: Little Miami Trail or Sm Screen Version

Elevation: North to south

More Trails in this Region: SW OH Trails List

Still one of the longer trails in the state, the Little Miami begins in Cincinnati, extends northeast through Xenia Station and on to Springfield, OH, a 78-mile span.

But trail doesn't stop there. The Little Miami then hands off the baton to the Simon Kenton Trail which runs north another 32 miles through Urbana and on to Bellefontaine. When the northern most 16-miles of SKT are paved, the two trails will combine for an impressive 110-mile stretch of tarmac.

Currently, 59 miles of the Little Miami are used by the Ohio-to-Erie Trail as it makes its cross-state journey from Cincinnati to Columbus, and on toward its final destination in Cleveland, OH.

The Miami Valley is picturesque and often provides a secluded feel as you ride under the cover of trees and woods only to briefly emerge to pass through a small town now and again. Glimpses of the river catch your attention from time to time along with the sound of canoers in the river valley below during the summer months. Finding a canoe shouldn't prove difficult. There are liveries and campgrounds right along the trail.

The bikeway passes through several small towns where there are trailside stops for ice cream, drinks, or a bite to eat. The city of Loveland has perhaps the most attractive "through town" trail section, with eateries, a trailside park, bike rentals and a nearby bike shop.

Yellow Springs has a restored depot (as does Xenia Station) along the trail which makes a convenient trailside water and restroom stop.


We generally see people utilizing this trail like no other in the state. On our last trip we encountered several pace lines with 3-5 cyclists per group, numerous aerobars and tandem recumbents.

The northern end of the Little Miami is in Springfield, OH at Jefferson and S. Center Streets. From here a protected bike lane leads .1-mile north along Center to the start of the Simon Kenton Trail on the east side of the street.

Also worth mentioning, in Springfield in late 2016, two additional trail segments were constructed to eliminate the road riding that had been required there.

The quality of the pavement and upkeep of the Little Miami Trail is consistently good. This may not sound significant, but with longer trails that pass through several counties, conditions can vary a great deal.

Much of this upkeep can be credited to the Friends of the Little Miami State Park, a volunteer-based organization that does a terrific job of fundraising, providing man-power, basically doing whatever is necessary to keep the trail open and maintained for public use.

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