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

Day One

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.

Day Two

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

Xenia, above,  is the hub of six paved bike trails.


HOW ABOUT YOU? Inspire others and submit your own bike overnight adventure!

3 responses so far ↓

Lane Epstein - Nov 1, 2016 at 11:37 AM

We did almost rather same ride a few years ago but started in Xenia, rode to Urbana for the night, returned to Xenia for the night, on to the trail ended, spent the night and back to Xenia. Wonderful trail. Smooth and flat. And, yes, plenty of shade. They did that trail right. I understand that they've continued the trail further North, beyond Urbana. That will make it a super destination for a wonderful ride.

Tim Dale - Apr 4, 2017 at 3:59 PM

Hearthstone Inn is a great place to stay nearby in Cedarville. It sits across the street from the Prairie Grass Trail which leads to Xenia where you can pick up the Little Miami.

Austin Prater - Mar 20, 2018 at 8:32 PM

I used to live on this trail in South Lebanon and long for it frequently! I highly recommend stopping in Morrow for ice cream on those hot summer days!

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