Ohio’s Fantastic Little Miami Scenic Trail
Milford to Springfield, OH and back on the Little Miami Scenic Trail
Bicycle Adventurer: Mark rode solo on this trip.
When: July 2016
Accommodations: Mark stayed at a hotel in Springfield, OH and reports that you'll find many options there.
Distance: Mark rode 70 miles each way. That's a big two days of riding!
Reasons to ride this route:
- Easy rail-to-trail riding
- Plenty of shade
- Towns to stop at along the way
Ohio’s Little Miami Scenic Trail runs from just outside Cincinnatti to north of Springfield. It’s a true jewel of a trail, tree covered for most of the way with many long stretches without road crossings.
I ride a Lightning recumbent bike with small rear panniers, packed with a change of clothes and a few other items.
I decided to start at a nice trailhead with good parking in Milford where you can leave your car overnight and after eight miles, I reached the town of Loveland and its numerous places to stop and eat, if you need it. I pedaled through and headed to Morrow, also a good lunch stop with a couple of small-town restaurants and a city park if you packed your lunch.
I then pushed on to Xenia, the hub of six paved bike trails (Wow!), many places to stop and relax, and a bike shop next to the trail if you need help. Then it was 12 more miles to Yellow Springs with its funky shops, restaurants, and ice cream. My stop for the day was Springfield and chose one of several hotels about a mile from the end of the trail on not-too-busy road.
I rode back the same route this day and the weather was just about perfect. I shared the trail with a lot more bike traffic, as it was the Saturday of the Fourth of July weekend, and stopped for a sandwich at a little place in Morrow.
Your favorite local bike shop? Rotten Robbie's Cycle Sports And More, Crawfordsville, IN
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