With that said, it is the work that provoked the most discussion and probably would have worked better as a stand-alone project rather than in the context of a public art exhibition. I especially enjoyed the old railroad bridge and the bridge over the trail as you enter the Yellow Springs area. It was always a great place to hang out in.
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Make sure that you take a short side trip from the trail just north of Yellow Springs to Young's Dairy Farm for a fantastic ice-cream treat! My boys and I just finished riding this segment of the trail as part of a longer ride with stops in Dayton and Columbus.
This was our first time riding the Little Miami Scenic Trail. We traveled on road bikes. There were no closures along the trail for this ride. The trail was paved and mostly smooth with occasional small bumps and ridges but no areas were hazardous. A good portion of the trail is under a tree canopy so watch for sticks and branches that have fallen on the path.
Also be aware of squirrels darting across the path with no apparent regard for your safety or their own. There were a variety of users on the trail including walkers-many with dogs, runners and cyclists in all forms. Calling out our presence and intentions was appreciated.
Usage was generally light, however in Loveland we did experience some congestion and is recommended to slow down through that area. Trail bathrooms, water and picnic tables were available at several locations along the route. The facilities used were basic and clean. We enjoyed an ice cream cone at Miranda's in Morrow. The shop was retro with indoor and outdoor seating.
A very nice touch was a cooler full of ice water just outside the door to fill our water bottles. A bike rack was also available. Overall we really enjoyed our first ride on this trail and plan to come back to explore the towns, parks and recreation along this route! Xenia Station is the coolest trail head ever four major trails are assessable, great rest area between rides, clean facilities and water are available in the historic and well kept building.
I took trail 3 ten miles to Yellow Springs which has a nice trail head as well. This is hands down the most senic ride I have taken to date. There are frequent street crossings for a mile or so as you ride through Xenia but not bad and so worth it. I especially enjoyed the old railroad bridge and the bridge over the trail as you enter the Yellow Springs area.
Be sure to stop and walk that bridge, steps are provided and it's a great place to take pictures of the trail. Yellow Springs is a college town and it shows with galleries and museums, great eating stops etc. One could easily spend a half day just enjoying the town. I'll be back and next time it's all the way to Springfield which will be a 40 miler from Xenia Station and back.
Check my photos which speak to the beauty of this trail. One of the nicest trails we've been on. Smooth, level and WIDE enough to adequately handle traffic. The section we rode was from South Lebanon north about 20 miles, scenic and tranquil. Just south of Lebanon at the 33 mile point, the trail is closed on weekdays with no posted detour.
The trail itself is not damaged. It is closed for construction on adjacent property. There is no way around it, so it may as well be a dead end. Rode the Little Miami last May, and plan to return this year. This trail is outstanding….
The beauty of this trail is it is part of a great trail system connecting many communities! We enjoy riding in this area every time we are in the area! We had a small group of average road riders come to Cincinnati for one night and ride a portion of the trail. The day was overcast and chilly, which probably helped keep the trail pretty clear of others. The pavement was well-maintained and the scenery was what you would expect a rural train route to provide.
The small towns were quaint with options to stop and eat, drink, etc. You could plan many different ways to visit the area and ride this trail.
We started at Terrace Park New Street parking lot as we were told it would avoid the busier section near Cinci. We rode 35 miles and turned around to make it a 70 mile ride in about 5 hours. We averaged 15 mph.
This ride would work for the stronger rider or also a casual family day ride, as we encountered both. I rode this paved trail with four friends on August 24, We parked at the Milford trailhead and rode north to Xenia then back to Milford.
The trail is almost entirely in the shade. There are some nice trail towns nearer to Cincinnati but the further north you go the less there are. The trail was quite busy nearer the urban areas but that wasn't any problem.
Xenia is a nice town but we had a little trouble finding food. Go north three or four blocks from the rail trail station then west a few blocks and you will find several fast food choices.
I would recommend this trail to anyone no matter your bicycle experience. Be careful to stay on your side of the trail and be alert to other riders in front of and in back of you. Loveland a great place to start your ride or take a break for lunch or dinner. Don't miss the old time candy and ice cream store and several good places to eat. Have ridden the southern portion from Milford, to Loveland, to Morrow three times now.
Once solo, once with a friend, and once with my son. The surface is smooth and well maintained. The shade of the tree canopy is great on a hot day. We will be back again soon. Ride to Milford and back on day 2 without panniers and camping gear. Rode back to car on Day 3. Total mileage between and extra riding in towns. Riverside cafe 8 miles north of Morgan's for dinner; Trailside music and beverages. And camping at Riverside. Just one of the rail-trail role models out of the Xenia hub, the Little Miami Railroad, this trail segment, north of Xenia, was obviously a very early railroad, to be exact.
Freight rail traffic ended between Xenia and Yellow Springs in early , very late in the Pennsylvania Railroad era. I have not located when the last passenger train service ended on this line, but it must have been very early. The line between Xenia and Yellow Springs is a big "bowl", with long grades upward into both Xenia and Yellow Springs from the center of that "bowl", the latter being much longer and quite steep.
It is about a 5-mile climb into Yellow Springs from the south. One can see that in the center of the "bowl", washouts must have been a much recurring event, with the creek running very close to track level. The trail is a series of gentle roller coaster grades from Yelllow Springs to Springfield.
Trail surface is a gem the whole way, silky smooth asphalt with no ruts or tree root upheavals. Not so appealing is the closed-in vegetation which prevents side visibility for much of the way. You can hear and smell cows, for example, but you can't see them.
Maybe its better when foliage is absent. It's a busy trail, lots of people, but not quite as annoying as the heavy traffic down near Cincinnati. Sadly, there are no interesting railroad artifacts along the trail, but that absolutely BEAUTIFUL Yellow Springs two-story board-and-batten depot replica is enough to give the trail my 5-star rating.
Correct Pennsy paint scheme, and those beautiful rectangular red-and-gold lettered station signs complete the scene. Even the red and gold men and women signs above the restrooms, in the light umber and brown interior paint scheme, just scream "Pennsylvania Railroad!
The depot also houses a very friendly chamber of commerce office, and I made sure the lady in the office might consider offering some depot printed T-shirts!
You will enjoy it for sure. Outside of the towns, though, most of the trail is very isolated where it moves away from paralleling US a rude, noisy neighbor near Xenia. I rode a half mile north down the west-side sidewalk without realizing that the trail runs on the old elevated railroad grade not far from where the trail dumps you out onto Detroit Street, right out of the Xenia Station complex.
It's not well-marked from the south. The railroad ran in the street in this short stretch, so there is no old grade here. As for trail parking, it looks like no one listed the "Beatty Station" lot, complete with porta-john, on US south of Springfield. Lots of parking at Yellow Springs, but very heavily utilized, too! Rather than pursue the always hectic and less than safe street running in Springfield, I chose to turn around at the Interstate overpass bridges. I also have heard that the northern end of this trail, in the southern end of Springfield, runs through a less-than-safe neighborhood.
Oh, and do check out the brand new covered bridge, over the trail, 1. As a beginner, the thought of long distances scared me, but I felt like I could bike all day long on this trail. We stopped and had ice cream in Morrow, and dinner in Loveland. The bike store there is also worth stopping in for a browse, and maybe using their facilities. It was mostly shaded and the breeze from the river was refreshing.
This could be my favorite place, and even though it's 2 hours from home, it's worth the drive. The trail was generally smooth and shaded. The downside was all the stop signs and the trek through Xenia. The Xenia section is a mix of sidewalks and poor surface roads with deteriorating concrete. There was much thought given to the trail with the exception of this section. Would recommend the trail and we're thankful for the opportunity to enjoy one of the jewels of living in Ohio. I love this trail and I have been using it for 19 years.
Not only do I bike, I also walk and inline skate. Unfortunately many people often refer to this trail as the Loveland bike trail, which is incorrect. Just yesterday I was told by two men biking that it is a bike trail, ie, I, as a walker that day, should not be on it.
It is my understanding that this trail is a multi use trail. When I am biking on this trail, I try to be polite to all people on it by warning them that I am about to pass and getting over when doing so. Oh well, this experience will not stop me from using the trail, just like driving a car, there are rude people all over. Due to recent widening of this trail it is an excellent choice at any distance. I recommend this trail.
Sorry for the late post, just became a member here and wanted to share my trip wit other riders. I had planned on riding my 2nd "freedome tour" in Vandalia ohio this morning, but the weather was not promicing to be great. I stayed around the house to wait on the rain to show up. It never started raining, and it was much later than the start of the tour so I was dropped off in Urbana to run my first lap down the entire length of the Litttle Miami Scenic Trail.
Cooler temps and a overcast sky, but no rain, made my start very nice. The ride through Springfield was not too bad, but be very alert for the signs on the lower side of the city,as you go through the neighborhood. Once out of Springfield its smooth with nice flat trails. At this point it started misting on me. Actually it felt pretty good. Got through Xenia ok, and headed toward waynesville. Still nice and flat, smooth path. It was now raining harder.
Ancient and the rain was really coming down. Took my glasses off just to see from all the water i was collecting on my helmet. Stopped at Morrow to fill water and relax for a little bit and headed back toward Cincy.. At this point it was raining so hard, or had been raining down here so much there was standing water on the bike path. They had marking on the rough sections as to repair them, but some were severe enough to bend the rear wheel and break a spoke on my bike.
This forced me to do a trailside repair and step on the wheel to bend it back enough to continue the ride. The tire never went flat, but I had to back the rear brake off just to maintain a decent speed.
I finally did make it to Milford where i was picked up in a warm dry car. I will ride this entire trip in better weather and can wait to take in the sights along the way.
I do hope they fix the trail south of Morrow, if they havent already. Who knows, I may try another run this year on the 4th of July Perfect weather, great canopy of mature trees most of the trail so sun and wind were not an issue. This trail has plenty of shade but is short on portapotties. Mark and I did not need a lot of water given the mid 70 temps and shade but it would be nice if more portapotties and water stops were available. Rode this trail mid week so dodging skaters, kids on trikes etc.
Still this is a top ten trail out to the 80 trails I have or will ride from the Canadian border to the Mexican border on trails only. Lots of sticks on the path. This trail is what your Rails to Trails dreams are made of.
It runs along the Little Miami River and is beautiful. Our ride was in 90 degree plus weather and we stayed quite comfortable the entire way. Lots of riders, all but one we found to be friendly and courteous. Don't let that scare you away from this trail. I've been riding many years and never had an incident like this happen. It's worth the trip: We liked this trail so much, that we are going to make the 4 hour drive to it once a year for an annual ride.
I have a hunch that we will be making the trek to this trail more than once a year, but that annual trip with friends is set in stone! Stop reading this and get your Rails to Trails fix on. It was our first exposure to this particular trail and we loved it. The partial tree cover was welcome since it was a hot afternoon. When we reached Loveland, we decided to comeback another day to pick up there and ride some more.
We're not from the area, so we wouldn't be able to ride it again for at least a year or two. If we're in the area in the future, we will definitely plan to "continue" the ride. On Saturday, June 22, I rode the Little Miami Trail with a friend. Since we come from the South, we began with plans to travel north to Xenia, have lunch and return. The weather was fantastic, partly cloudy, cool morning, not real hot as the day wore on. The first few miles were slow, as the path was quite crowded as we worked north out of Loveland.
You simply cannot go fast on the trail - there are too many unpredictable factors. Joggers, rollerbladers, skateboarders, pedestrians will all be encountered there, but once you get north of the Peter cartridge plant near King's Island, traffic dropped significantly. I am a Cat 3 racer and my friend is quite strong so we had no problem cruising at the speed limit of 20 mph, something we respected the netire length of trail.
One of the coolest characteristics of the trail is that you can barely perceive the very gentle climb - about 10 feet per mile - as you head north.
This usually makes for an easier trip on the return. We took a break at Corwin and the Ice cream shop there is still in excellent condition and well stocked. Very good facilities there. As we neared Xenia, we were feeling great and decided to head up to the very cool village of Yellow Springs. We jumped onto the roads in downtown Xenia, and worked through the streets until picking the trail up again just past Shawnee Park. After snooping around Yellow Springs a bit, we decided to have lunch at the Bistro Peach something where we had a ery satisfying and refreshing meal.
I really like Yellow Springs - maybe it's because I know that Rod Serling once walked those very same streets. I did notice that the bike shop that used to be located in a train car beside the trail was no longer there. I think there is a new building there now.
The trip back was relatively fast and the very subtle drop allowed a very comfortable and steady pace of mph on the return leg. There is no coasting downhill or anything that resembles a hill so it is a very different kind of bike riding.
Once the heat of the afternoon kicked in, the trail had very little traffic until we neared Loveland again. Again you need to keep it slow and safe - and alertness at all times is demanded. Anything can be confronted out there and you must stop and check ever road crossing for safety. The pavement was in good to very good condition. No potholes, but occasional rough spots and tree root bumps can surprise. Most fo the trail is smooth, clean pavement.
Final mileage was Loveland to yellow Srings is 52 miles completed in just under 7 hours with stops. We stopped for brew and food at the outdoor bar in Loveland and had a jolly old time after our ride. The Little Miami Trail is great fun! I have not yet ridden the new section from Springfield to Urbana, so I am planning another trip soon. This time, it will be a two day ride, travelling light, with a stopover in Springfield.
Thank you for sharing your trail with us! We have ridden this whole Trail and it is great, all asphalt well maintained. Connects with other destinations, Especially Xenia Station you'll find 5 Trail converging at this point, so you'll find many choices.
The trip from Xenia to Springfield goes through Yellow Springs a college town with many novelty shop and restaurants. Any of these Trails won't be disappointing. Enjoy your ride, have a great summer.
We are recreational riders - probably considered novices by most. Our regular rides consist of 13 - 20 mile excursions on country highways near where we live. NEVER before have we been exposed to an area where the biking community was so respected and welcomed by the locals.
We were not used to being waved across by motorists at EVERY intersection where the trail and a street crossed. This area literally caters to bikers. We were not disappointed. We began our ride at the Milford trailhead and headed north. We were encouraged by the number of other bikers - of all skill levels and of all ages on the trail. Everyone was so friendly. Our one "bad experience" occured barely 14 miles into our ride.
While riding single file - my wife and I were about to meet a foursome of single file riders - coming from the opposite direction - when they were overtaken from behind by a group of They literaly ran my wife off onto the wet grass where whe promptly lost control and wrecked. The foursome we were in the process of meeting did stop and one of the ladies was a first aid instructor and was prepared with supplies She hurt her knee, shoulder and there is a scrape on her helmet where it hit the pavement.
Thank you - to this group of Good Samaritans who stopped to help two complete strangers! Other than that lone incident - we had a ball and plan to come back. A word to the wise Carry first aid supplies and be prepared for a flat - although we didn't have one - we saw some folks who did.
Some areas of the trail are quite a distance away from access streets, etc. Loveland is a neat place - a "must see" for everyone to visit and experience. Milford is a neat place as well. This trail exceeded all of our expectations. The ride began in Waynesville. I had a bike that was not my own, no gear and was not prepared for the ride.
But the people I met along the way made it enjoyable despite flat tires, a pump that did not work and all the stores being closed on a Monday! I headed south in the heat of the day and rode to Fort Ancient. I was pleasantly surprised by the amounf of tree cover and stayed comfortably cool despite the 96 degree heat.
Although the cycle shops and restaraunts werre closed, the canoists were out in full force and there was opportunity to take a swim break along the way.
I look forward to doing the rest of this trail in the future! By Pat Codispoti This past August my husband and I added another off-road biking experience to our list of adventures. For 4 days we rode a trail in Southwest Ohio, part of a growing system of trails stretching across ten counties surrounding the Dayton area.
The trail is 78 miles long, completely paved and extremely biker friendly! Our mile journey took us through farmlands, past state parks and other historical sites, and through many interesting communities. We began our ride at the Northern terminus. The trail abruptly begins under Route 70 just south of Springfield. We fortunately found a motel located only about a mile from the trail allowing us to leave our car at the Comfort Suites and ride to the trail head.
We could not have asked for better weather as we began our ride. The trail passed mostly through farm fields and is less shaded but ideal for a morning ride. The elevation from Springfield to the Newtown Golf Center drops over feet making the trip south easier than the return trip. Our first stop was at Yellow Springs station, an old rail station that has been converted into an information and comfort station for trail users. I do wish we had stayed longer in Yellow Springs.
It is a small yet interesting village, home to Antioch College which itself has a very curious history. If we ever return to ride other trails in the Little Miami system, I would plan to stay overnight in Yellow Springs. But since we were only about 10 miles into our ride, we hurried on in anticipation of what we might find in Xenia. The trail from Springfield to Xenia is well maintained but is not particularly interesting or scenic especially compared to other rides we have taken in the past.
We passed field after field of corn or soybean. However, as we entered the City of Xenia, we saw signs of commercial America….. Xenia is a city and does not share the quaintness of the village of Yellow Springs. However, the trail through Xenia is unusual. Trail users ride city sidewalks that are especially marked for bikers! And at one point the trail is in the middle of the rode with one-way traffic on either side! We left Xenia at about The trail is again not very interesting but we still enjoyed the ride as it passed through Ohio farmlands.
After another hour or so on our bikes we arrived in Spring Valley. From Spring Valley south, the Little Miami Scenic trail becomes as its name suggests much more scenic. The trail hugs the Little Miami River although the trees and brush along the trail allow only brief glimpses of the meandering Little Miami.
Even on a Thursday, we passed more bikers than ever before on previous trips. As we left Spring Valley we had tallied almost 27 miles and still had about 16 miles to go before we would end the first day of our ride.
The trail became very rural as we followed the Little Miami. Corwin was the next stop and by then we really needed a rest. The Corwin Peddler is about the only thing in Corwin but it was a great little restaurant conveniently located along the trail serving fantastic sandwiches and much welcomed cold drinks! We ate outside on the porch and took our time about an hour before getting back on the bike for the last stretch of our journey.
We had made reservations at the Bed and Breakfast right along the side of the trail in Oregonia. Thinking that Oregonia was a small community with grocery stores and restaurants, we only split a sandwich in Corwin. However, since we had just eaten less than an hour ago, we passed up the opportunity for dinner. As it turned out this was the only opportunity for dinner!
We mistakenly thought there would be more restaurants once we reached Oregonia. Well, as it turned out, this WAS Oregonia and dinner was a bag of potato chips! The River Walker Bed and Breakfast was absolutely perfect. We sat out on a deck all evening overlooking the river and the trail …. Enjoying the scenery and our potato chips! The next morning Paul, our host at the River Walker, served us breakfast. We benefited from our conversation with Paul learning more about the history of the Miami Valley and what we might expect to see along the trail.
After a leisurely breakfast, we packed our bikes and set out for our second day on the Little Miami Scenic Trail. Day 2 was undoubtedly my favorite except for the breakdown!
The pedals would literally not turn. Since we were only a couple miles outside of Morrow, I rode ahead to find the Bike Shop. We had researched the locations of bike shops along the trail and had expected to find one in Morrow but, I really did not find a bike shop… I found a sign but, no shop!!!
Morrow is a very small and not particularly thriving community. After explaining our plight to a couple of strangers who were very friendly but not really much help, I went back to deliver the bad to news to my husband.
Just as I turned, I saw him riding into town. He had managed to get the pedals moving again but questioned for how long. From Morrow to Loveland was a fantastic ride. However, we would have to enjoy it on the return trip since our thoughts were consumed with getting to the bike shop in Loveland before the pedals froze again.
It was almost 2 hours before we reached Loveland. We found Montgomery Cycles, a block off the trail, and had the bike checked. They found nothing wrong so after lunch at one of the many restaurants along the trail in Loveland, we got back on the bikes in search of the end of the Little Miami Scenic Trail. The trail is heavily used from Loveland to Newtown. The rural scenery has been replaced by a much more suburban environment but the trail still hugged the river with more open views of the Little Miami.
We passed Milford where we planned to stay over that night stopping only for a short break at the Milford access and comfort station. The trail ended as abruptly as it began at the Little Miami Golf Center. We saw plans for continuing the trail into Cincinnati and beyond. The future of this trail seems to be limitless and we were both thinking that it may be worth a return trip to explore some of the other trails and those that are still in the planning stage.
After a few pictures, we began our short ride back to Milford. The trail is relatively flat. The elevation does increase, however, as you head north.
Pedaling may have gotten a little more demanding but not significantly. We arrived in Milford after 4: The only place we could find to stay in Milford was across the river on the other side of town, a Holiday Inn. We passed through a charming downtown area with lots of shops and restaurants but by then we just wanted to get to the motel, shower, and find a place for dinner.
We had to ride through fairly heavy traffic uphill for a few miles before reaching the Holiday Inn. The 3rd day on the tail was going to be the longest …… we planned to ride for more than 50 miles BUT did not plan for another breakdown. The bike held up! We reached Loveland a little after Amazingly just as we arrived, the pedals froze again! While Cody stayed to see to the repairs, I went in search of the little coffee house we passed by yesterday.
It was a Saturday morning and Loveland was bustling with bikers and others taking advantage of this amazing trail system. There are shops, restaurants and parking specifically designed for trail users.
Loveland was our favorite stop. It is so refreshing to see people of all ages enjoying summertime on the trail! As I was finishing my coffee, Cody returned. Keeping our fingers crossed, we left Loveland and continued north. The Peters Factory gained national attention due to an explosion on July 15, We hit the mile mark in S. Lebanon at approximately 1: The restaurant was crowded with bikers, of all kinds, along with those who were canoeing, kayaking, or tubing on the river.
The third day was tough. We had already been on our bikes for two days. Our legs were tired and our seats were sore! Once again we passed hundreds of people on the trail and just as many on the river. At some points, the river was actually swarming with canoes. We were not the only bikers who were disappointed. As were sat on the porch sipping warm water from our camelbacks, several others also stopped in anticipation of a cold drink.
Getting back on the bikes, we began the ride to Spring Valley, approximately 10 more miles. At this point in the trip, the scenery was insignificant. Day 3 was over! We quickly unloaded our bikes, showered, and set off on foot it felt so good to walk looking for a restaurant in Xenia where we could get that cold drink! The last day was really enjoyable — perhaps because it was the last day! We only had a short 20 miles to cover before we would reach our car hopefully waiting for us at the Comfort Suites.
We left Xenia fairly early at about 8: As we rode out of Xenia, it began to rain. Almost as soon as we pulled our rain gear out of the panniers, the rain stopped and the sun came out. We got off the bikes for a few minutes in front of Antioch College. We met another couple, enjoying a day ride on the trail, who kindly offered to take our picture. They were from Dayton and often spent the day in the quaint village of Yellow Springs.
Both of us were eager to get off the bikes, proud to have added another multi-day bike trip to our list, but also sad to be ending our 4-day journey on the Little Miami Scenic Trail. I am not likely to ever get to ride this entire trail in segments even, but the part I've been on twice offers an awesome section as it snakes under I bridge to the valley there.
I guess you could even stop and ride a canoe along here if you wanted to. I started at Caesar Creek which makes a 17 or 18 mile round trip. My wife and I , combined age of yrs. We came to ride the Little Miami Scenic Trail from end to end using are usual practice of out and back riding. Great scenery, nice small towns, flat riding and friendly people.
All trails are clean, glass free, and fast. Hard to imagine a better place to spend a week or more if you have the time. Where else can you stay at one motel and have all these mentioned trails, plus several more we didn't have time to explore. Easy to spend the entire day there and its free. My wife and I were visiting family in Cincinnati over July 4th weekend and after a ride around the northern Kentucky hills were looking for an interesting, flat bike trail to ride our new DaVinci tandem.
We started in Milford at 7: The trail is paved, flat, well shaded, and generally in good shape. There are root bumps, but not too many.
The little towns especially Loveland provide good points of interest. Loveland has many shops along the trail that cater to the trail users. Probably our biggest disappointment was that the trail was so overgrown. The trail itself was clear, but one can not see much scenery while riding along. We are used to many, very scenic trails in the Chicagoland area particularly near the Fox River valley. Although the Little Miami Scenic Trail runs along the river, the overgrown brush prevents one from seeing the river most of the time.
Fields could barely be enjoyed on the other side of the trail due to the overgrown brush. So if you are looking for a well paved, flat and level trail that offers little more than a tunnel feel when not passing through the interesting towns, then this trail is it. But it should not be classified as one of the best trails anywhere. Within our limited trail riding, we have experienced trails that provide both flat, well paved riding AND good scenery.
Late in the day on Saturday, approx 5: As I pulled into the parking lot the worst of the storm had passed and just a few sprinkles were lingering. I pulled out my bike, cell phone and water bottle in hand and ventured off to get the wheels wet. Shortly into my ride, I noticed the mile markers painted on the path I am new to this path and realized I had just passed the 40 mile marker and the numbers were going down.
Ok, this is great, I will be able to follow my progress. Not long into my ride, I noticed the sound of running water, various places displayed a beautiful flow of water blanketing the rocks that led to the river below which ran the entire distance beside me.
Since it had just stormed there were limbs down from the winds nothing to drastic but it also left the bike trail completely empty with little ole me to enjoy the whole thing to myself!!!! I had been riding maybe 30 minutes when it started raining a constant refreshing rain, I didn't care, it cooled things down and left me feeling more refreshed than ever. As the rain was coming down I noticed I was no longer alone on the trail. I had beautiful bright yellow finch traveling along side of me as if they were dancing with me.
Multiple times, various places in the path, it was breathtaking. I was so happy with myself for not letting the rain scare me away. I wish I had brought a camera because there were multiple places that gave you a perfect set up for some beautiful shots, especially with the water coming down the streams off the hillside. Watching my time I realized I should start heading back, by the mile markers I had riden 10 plus miles and I had to return to my starting designation. I stopped and turned around just short of coming into Morrow.
Again on the ride back, the birds had invited several Cardinal's to join in on the dancing. Ok, I am thinking, this is something out of a fairytale with Cinderella, death must be knocking on my door, cause nature just doesn't act this way. If I run across deer, that's it. I am destined to be pushing up daisy's. As I am returning to the vehicle, I remembered there was a path that cut off and took you to Lebanon, an additional 8.
I stopped there and took in some information, upon bringing myself back up to the LMST, there is a flippin baby deer!! Just beside it is it's mommy, I gently applied my brakes as I didn't want to spook them. They stood right there and let me glide right past them. My ride was refreshing, mesmerizing, uplifting, and exhausting. It was so worth it. I recommend everyone ride at least once in the rain.
The stretch between Loveland and Morrow is mostly shaded with nature all around you. ON Sunday, I started at the beginning of the path off of Newtown Rd and rode to Loveland round trip 30 mile , not as much Nature, many areas with no shade, enjoyed the Loveland to Morrow stretch much better. Is there any campsites along the Little Miami for someone that wants to do a multi-day trip? May, This was the third time that we have done the trail. We started in Milford and traveled to Xenia where we spent 2 nights.
We did the Creekside trail to Dayton and went north to Young's Dairy before we headed back to Milford. We were extremely disappointed with the trail this time.
It was so overgrown that in many places the shrubs were over the trail. As we got closer to Xenia the trail improved. The Creekside trail was in perfect condition. Riverside Cafe was under construction from the fire. We didn't know there was a fire, so were disappointed to not find it open. We rode on to Corwin and ate there. We will definitely do the trail again since we love all the trail options. Brenda and Ted Gatchel, Prospect, Ohio. Signed papers at their King's mall shop, then took the rental car back to the trail parking at Paxton Grill and transfered the T8 to the rented car thought about the t12, but the trail is fairly narrow, went with the T Took the T8 out and got ready and got on the creekside trail right behind the enterprise location and climbed a bit into Xenia and then started down the little miami scenic trail aka Loveland Bike Trail Kept a decent pace for a Trikke Carving Vehicle at first - 11 to 12 mph The trail is in good condition as other reviewers have said They seem to keep it well maintained as there were not many sticks or other things on the path to have to avoid..
I started slowing down near the end of the ride, both because there were some more scenic spots to stop and take pictures, and because even though I had a hydration pack, I did not do the best job of staying properly hydrated, and started to crash some Also, I should have stopped in one of the small towns on the way for a full lunch like topshelf did , instead of just eating only energy bars and drinking water Much of it was a slight downhill on average, or I may have slowed down more The GPS results for the ride are at: My only reason for not rating this a If links actually work in this review, here are some pics of the ride in a few places where I did stop http: Perhaps next time I drive through the Cincinnati area and can afford to stay an extra day..
We had a great time on the trail from our rest break playing on the big bikes on the way to Loveland, to great ice cream cones up in Yellow Springs. Lebanon has an excellent 10km connecter trail from their town to the Little Miami. We really enjoyed the museum in Xenia and the fact that this is a major hub for multiuse trails. I was headed to Cincinnati to visit my son who is in college. I had sweats and rain gear, and packed my typical tools, inner tube, snacks and water.
As I departed downtown Springfield, the rain was relentless. I had some difficulty following the trail and its road sections, but eventually worked my way to the south end of town and under I From this point on there would be no more road sections.
I crossed US 68 and headed toward Yellow Springs. I rolled into Yellow Springs and went to the old train station. This place should not be missed - the art hanging on the restroom walls is worth a look. In a few minutes, I got back on my soaked bike and headed south, the rain now easing only slightly. I rolled past the glen and Antioch College, and started to pound out the miles to Xenia.
In Xenia, the trail follows sidewalks for a while between Shawnee Park and the station. Pay attention for bike route signs. The Xenia Station is a welcome sight. I went inside to dry off for a moment, and contemplate the merits of biking on a cool, rainy day.
From Xenia, trails branch off in four soon five directions — north toward Springfield, northeast to near Columbus, southeast to near Cincinnati, west to Dayton and beyond, and soon southeast toward Chillicothe. From Xenia I headed south toward Cincinnati. The next town I came too was Spring Grove. This small town has a decent restaurant, the Spartan Spirit, where I decided to dry off and get lunch.
Well fed and dried, I left the restaurant and was greeted by a nice surprise — sunshine. I shed my rain gear, put on a dry sweatshirt and pants, and took off for points south. In no time I was in Corwin. If you go through Corwin on a weekend be sure to stop at the Corwin Peddler — good food and ice cream at a place owned by an enthusiastic supporter of the trail.
I rolled on toward the tiny town of Oregonia, and soon passed the ruins of the Little River Café. The place burned down recently, but I was encouraged by the crews working hard to get the place rebuilt and back in business.
South of Oregonia, I passed under the I bridge which floats high above the trail. Shortly, I was in Morrow, where I stopped for a break. I parked my bike and went into the Loveland Mill for a couple cookies. By this time my legs were a little sore, but I only had a few more miles to go. I got back aboard, and headed toward Milford. I crossed the Little Miami on an old railroad bridge and rolled through Milford. Even with the rain in the morning, this was a very enjoyable ride. September, - A great ride!
Rode the section from Morrow to Yellow Springs, heading mainly north. Overall the trail is in very good condition, paved asphalt, about 95 percent is in the shade. A generally slight uphill all the way, though nothing too strenuous. Nice restroom facilities in 4 spots along the way. You can choose several trails to branch off on here. A short distance in Xenia is on city streets.
I continued north to Yellow Springs. Xenia to Yellow Springs - 10 miles. A slightly steeper upgrade. Yellow Springs has many nice little shops and restaurants right along the trail. Hollywood also has its own intervention programme underway, including the installation of 18 flap gates to keep seawater from coming up through the drainage system. Which is exactly what Gassman and others are trying to do. Touring the city with Gassman is to see it in an entirely new way: View image of During king tides, the water has come up to the steps.
We turn onto Isle of Capri Drive. This area floods all the time. Fort Lauderdale is dubbed the Venice of America. For both Fort Lauderdale and other communities across south Florida, the main problem is drainage. The systems here were designed to let stormwater drain into the ocean when it rains. Because homes and gardens are higher than the crown of the road, the streets flood first in a storm, by design.
Water runs into the storm drain and is piped into the ocean or waterways that lead there. With sea levels now often higher than the exits to the run-off pipes, saltwater is instead running up through the system and into the streets. View image of This outfall shows a common issue. Since , Fort Lauderdale has been installing tidal valves to deal with the problem. Each of the one-way valves, which allows stormwater through but not saltwater, looks like a big rubber tube and can be attached inside the storm drains.
Gassman pulls one out to show me. In some areas, the valves alone have been enough. That happened early on at one of the first places they installed a valve, Gassman says. A king tide came over the tops of the seawalls, flooded the street — and then remained higher than the outfall. The valves are working. View image of As these workers show, each valve comes with more of an expense. But until recently, Fort Lauderdale had a height requirement for seawalls that was a maximum, not a minimum — for aesthetic reasons.
Though some now do specify a minimum height, enforcement remains difficult. For the average homeowner, a seawall measures ft m. Last year, Fort Lauderdale proposed that everyone should be made to raise their seawalls to a certain height by Thanks to opposition from the public, the proposal failed.
Instead, property owners are required to keep their seawalls in a state of good repair. Someone can be reported to the authorities if their seawall is breached by the tide, but the specific new height requirement only kicks in if someone came to ask for the permit — which is required to do significant repairs, or to build a new wall.
And Fort Lauderdale makes an interesting test case: Across the road from the marina, one house has bright-green grass: Gassman points to an older house on the corner. View image of Fort Lauderdale. The city also owns a seawall along this stretch; it, too, was breached recently. But getting the funds is just the first challenge.
The end of the seawall meets a bridge. If you raise the seawall two more feet, what do you do with that bridge to protect it? And what about the docks that residents are currently allowed to have here, all of which will have to be re-done? And changing one piece of infrastructure starts to domino into needing to change all sorts of things.
As well as seawalls, cities are investing in pumps. Many have put pump stations in the worst-hit neighbourhoods. But only Miami Beach has adopted an integrated, major pumping system as part of an aggressive overall defence strategy.
View image of A maintenance worker repairs one of the pump stations in Sunset Harbour. Seawalls are being raised to a new minimum — something that residents in Miami Beach were more amenable to than in Fort Lauderdale. The city also is requiring that all new properties build their first floor higher.
View image of One of the roads in Miami Beach being raised. Areas where roads have been raised and pumps installed have been much drier. In this case, what happens when you raise a road without raising all of the properties around it? Water can go into the properties.
But they can fail. Last year, the pumps failed to kick in after a brief period of rain; the restaurant flooded, with diners stuck inside. When Gallo went to file his insurance claim, it was turned down. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency Fema , which runs a national flood insurance programme for at-risk business and property owners like Gallo, anything below street level is considered a basement.
Until Fema changes their policy, that includes all of the businesses now below the raised streets. View image of When Miami Beach raised its roads.
But resilience also can be built into existing projects. A lot of public infrastructure is built to last for at least 50 or 75 years, and that means planning for what the world will look like then. Opened in , its main objective was to re-route lorries that previously went through downtown Miami. But the tunnel was also given a huge gate that, in a hurricane, drops down to seal it at both ends. We might have had sand bags.
A larger-scale example of built-in resilience is going on at the Central District Wastewater and Treatment Plant on Virginia Key, a barrier island where Biscayne Bay and the ocean meet, just east of downtown Miami. It is one of three wastewater treatment plants run by the largest utility in Florida, which serves 2. Like the other two, it sits right by the water. But because parts of the facility are expected to last 75 years or more, resilience to higher sea levels and storm surge has been baked into the design.
Analysts ran what would be needed in a worst-case scenario: Our current facilities, by and large, range from ft The new design standards prioritise building at those elevations first for parts of the plants that convey flow — like the electrical wiring and pumps.
View image of The new chlorine building, currently under construction. Private developers will need to think about these issues, too. Their focus is on the time from construction to sale. In a hot real estate market like south Florida, where a lot of investors are foreign or periodic visitors, that timeframe is far shorter — a few years at most. View image of Cranes are at work and buildings under construction in Brickell. Until regulations enforce common building standards, few private developers are likely to adopt resilient designs.
Gandolfo ticks off some of the adaptation strategies that were used: View image of As well as sleek and airy, developers say that Brickell City Centre is resilient. The state levies no personal or business income taxes and has a low corporate income tax, meaning property taxes provide a major source of revenue.
But unless it is managed very carefully, new development brings new challenges. Thinking about any of this is a relatively new trend. Although scientists began speaking about sea level rise for several decades, the topic only saw real traction among local governments and businesses a few years ago.
Part of the reason is that the issue was being ignored by so many others. The Florida governor is a climate change sceptic and has directed attention away from the issue. Ignoring the issue now appears to pervade the highest levels of US government: Local governments are forging on, but such circumstances make the challenge even greater.
With budgets that run in the tens of millions, not billions, local governments already need to be fiscally creative.
And some of the most reliable projection scenarios, as well as sea level rise data, is gathered from Noaa. The water goes where the water goes. Some of the communities in south Florida doing the most to adapt to the effects of sea level rise are doing so largely because of public pressure. In , Miami-Dade put together its first plan to reduce carbon emissions. Hardly anyone came out for the committee hearing, Yoder says. So much so, in fact, that the county decided to hire Murley, its first resilience officer.
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