Simon Kenton Trail
Roughly half of the Simon Kenton Trail is unpaved at this time, giving the trail a split personality. [Scroll past 'Specs & Facts' to continue reading.]
Latest Update: 8/2/18 by OB - Honda Offers Donation Match for Trail Paving
Bellefontaine, OH - "...For each dollar we raise through donations and fund raisers by November 30, 2018, Honda will match it dollar for dollar.
"If we match the $25,000 challenge, that will give us a total of $50,000 for paving (by chip/seal method). This would be enough money to pave @ four additional miles of trail." more...
Trail Specs & Facts:
Class: B, A1+
Length: 17.8 miles / asphalt + 1.6 mile spur; + 15.9 miles / crushed stone
Facilities: No known trailside facilities between Bellefontaine & Urbana.
Parking: Lewis Moore Dr. in Urbana, OH. (See trail map for more options.)
Elevation: South to north
More Trails in this Region: SW OH Trails List
Shortly after leaving Urbana and heading north toward Bellefontaine, the bikeway's asphalt surface turns to crushed stone for the remainder of the 16-mile journey.
This segment also shares the corridor with a train track, whereas paved trail coming southwest out of Urbana has the corridor all to itself.
In Springfield, OH the trail connects with the Buck Creek Trail before ending at Center Street, a mere .2 miles from the Little Miami Trail. This final connection, via a protected bike lane, effectively connects the Simon Kenton with trails throughout SW, central and NE Ohio via Xenia Station.
Here's a description of the trail by Billy Helfrich:
The Simon Kenton Trail runs 18 miles from the YMCA in the east end of Urbana, Ohio, meandering west and then to the north, and eventually south to downtown Springfield, Ohio. Mostly flat, it's mainly a rail trail with lots of shady areas and wide open spots too. There are many wildflowers to see and lots of corn and soy bean fields.
There are interesting sights along the Trail with much farm land and a few streams to cross.
There are plenty of places to stop for refreshments in West Liberty and Bellefontaine.
Cedar Bog Nature Preserve is conveniently located nearby on Woodburn Road.
Spurs branch off to the Melvin Miller Park in Urbana, the Urbana University, the Springfield Soccer Fields, the Splash Zone Water Park, and the Buck Creek Trail.
The Simon Kenton Trail, which has become known simply as the "SKT," crosses over the old 1916 Buck Creek Bridge and it has been connected with trail into downtown Springfield to Center Street where It connects via downtown streets to the Little Miami Scenic Trail.
If you like to go fast and enjoy long stretches of trail, then riding on the SKT is just where you want to be.