If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting impatiently for the warm weather to arrive and for nature to begin blossoming back to life. The feeling of a cool breeze in the air and the smell of freshly cut grass is on the horizon. It’s almost time get out from the indoors and there’s no better way to do it than to jump on one of the most historical and scenic multi-purpose paths Ohio has to offer. Although winter continues to hover, one thing is for sure, it’s definitely time to begin planning your adventure on the Little Miami Scenic Trail. Whether you love to run, bike, rollerblade, or to just take a leisurely walk, the Little Miami Trail is the perfect remedy for a lingering case of cabin fever!
A Brief History Behind the Trail
The location of the Little Miami Scenic Trail was once a prominent railroad running from the east side of Cincinnati all the way to Springfield, OH. It was just the second railroad incorporated in Ohio and was built to connect Cincinnati to Xenia. However, the trail would later serve a more important purpose, to connect the manufacturing city of Cincinnati to the state capital, Columbus. Although now defunct, parts of the railroad can still be seen just off the path of the Little Miami Scenic Trail. The entire trail stretches a total of 75 miles along the Little Miami River from Milford to Springfield. Meandering through many small towns such as Corwin, Oregonia, and Loveland, the trail also passes through modern attractions such as Kings Island and the Great Wolf Lodge in Mason, OH. Click on the map for a detailed view of the entire trail.
A Multi-Purpose Trail
The scenic trail can be enjoyed in many different ways. You can choose to walk, run, rollerblade, bike, or even horseback ride on portions of the Little Miami trail. With many towns and entry points along the way, you can easily and conveniently venture 5 miles or 35 miles depending on how you choose to use it. Make sure that you understand the importance of knowing your limits and to always account for the ride back if returning to the starting point. Also, because it’s a multi-purpose trail, make sure you adhere to the rules and guidelines to ensure the safety of all users on the trail.
Where to Rent Equipment for the Little Miami Scenic Trail
Don’t have your own bicycle or rollerblades? Not to worry! You can still enjoy the Little Miami Scenic Trail by renting equipment from one of two places in the town of Loveland, OH. Loveland Bike Rental and Montgomery Cyclery are two great options that provide a large inventory of bike rentals including:
Visit their websites for hours and rates!
My Experience on the Trail
Riding my bicycle on the Little Miami Scenic Trail is one of my favorite outdoor experiences in Warren County. Each spring and summer, my brother and I hit the trail and test our endurance as we train for the ultimate challenge of completing the entire 75 mile length someday. The beautiful scenery, as well as the dining and entertainment along the way, never fails to attract our attention as we enjoy an early afternoon or late evening bike ride.
For cyclists who plan on riding long distances on the trail, we just have one piece of advice; make sure you’re riding with a comfortable seat! We’ve experienced fatigue, flat tires, empty stomachs, and full bladders, all which add to the memorable experience of the Little Miami Scenic Trail.
Nothing compares to the picturesque landscapes as you ride along the Little Miami River. As you go along the trail, look for bridges, landmarks, attractions, canoe liveries, a few quaint eateries here and there, and even historical museums.
But the most important thing to remember is not to conquer the trail too fast! Make sure to stop along the way and enjoy the peaceful scenery that the Little Miami has to offer! One of my favorite experiences on the trail is a ride during the fall season when the leaves begin changing colors and the air fills up with a smoky campfire aroma.
So if you haven’t experienced the trail for yourself, what are you waiting for? Join myself, my brother Jared, and many others this year and share some stories of your own!
What’s your favorite part of the Little Miami Scenic Trail?