Biking on the trail portion of route 19 - the Dayton-Kettering Connector

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Highlights

The Dayton-Kettering Connector ("The DKC") follows, in part, an historic rail line that served the NCR factories in south Dayton. Today it provides a beautiful, direct, not-too-steep, and safe route for cyclists to get from the densest parts of Montgomery County into downtown Dayton. Along the way you'll pass some of the area's important cultural institutions - The Fraze Pavillion and the University of Dayton.

Trail Description

The Dayton-Kettering Connector is a unique trail/bike route combination in the MIami Valley Trails network.  The overall route connects some of the densest suburban cities in the region to downtwon Dayton, so it provides an ideal commuting route for residents of Centerville, Washington Township, Kettering and Oakwood. Along the way there are nearly 2 miles of beautiful trail to enjoy along an historic railroad right-of-way.  That trail portion provides a gentle climb into the south suburbs, not found on any of the roadways heading the same way.

The trail runs north from Wiltshire Boulevard (near the intersection with Acorn Drive) across Shroyer Road, under Patterson Road, across Irving Ave and onto the University of Dayton campus.  The trail portion ends at the corner of Trinity Avenue and Lowes Streets in Dayton. South of the trail in Kettering and north of the trail in Dayton, look for bike lanes, sharrow markings and "Bike Route" signs to guide you along the rest of the route.

In Kettering, the route heads south on Acorn, and then south on Colonial and then crosses Dorothy Lane onto Ackerman Boulevard.  Follow Ackerman all the way to Lincoln Park, site of Kettering's Fraze Pavilion.  To continue on the DKC, turn left at Lincoln Park and continue to follow the "Bike Route" signs through leafy Kettering neighborhoods. After crossing Marshall Road, and passing Berwin Park, you will arrive at the north end of the Iron Horse Trail (9) at Hempstead Station Road.

In Dayton, the on-street portion winds through the UD student housing neighborhood to Brown Street, where the bike lanes begin at Caldwell Street.  The bike lanes continue to Wyoming Street - for now.  A future project will connect these bike lanes to the existing bike lanes on Jefferson and St. Clair Streets in downtwon Dayton.  The route reaches its northern end at RiverScape MetroPark with connections to the Great Miami River Trail (25) and the Mad River Trail (8).

 

Photos From The Trail

The Dayton-Kettering Connector is unique to the Miami Valley Trails - it is mostly shared roadway. Start at the southern end in Kettering at Stroop and Hempstead Station Road right where the Iron Horse Trail comes to Stroop.

Follow the "Bike Route" signs like these through Kettering's leafy neighborhoods. Remember to obey the rules of the road!

You'll pass Berwin Park, one of Kettering's many neighborhood parks and playgrounds.

As you pass Lincoln Park (home of the Fraze Pavilion) take a look at Kettering's September 11th Memorial. It's a solar noon sculpture that lines up with the sun every September 11. You can find this at the corner of Ackerman and Lincoln Park Boulevards.

Across Dorothy Lane and through another neighborhood, you'll come to the beginning of the trail portion of the Dayton-Kettering Connector off of Wiltshire Boulevard, just east of Acorn Drive.

Along the trail section, right at the border between Kettering and Dayton, you'll find Jane Newcomb Park.

The Dayton-Kettering Connector crosses Shroyer Road just south of this classic Dairy Queen. Roll up to the window for a cone or even a full lunch!  You'll find this DQ at the corner of Shroyer and Gainsborough Roads.

The City of Dayton installed a modern, two-stage safety island for the crossing at Shroyer Road.

The railroad tunnel under Patterson Road has been restored, with needed drainage improvements and has a fresh coat of paint.  This location also features a stairway, with a bike groove up to the north side of Patterson Road.

Once on the campus of the University of Dayton, the trail cosses a driveway and then follows along Parking Lot S2. Lot S2 was built right along the historic railroad route.

The Connector proceeds to Irving Avenue in Dayton, where another well-marked crossing brings the route onto the University of Dayton campus.

The University has arranged the parking to create a protected corridor for bicycles and pedestrians along Lot S2.

The trail section ends with a gentle ramp down to the corner of Trinity and Lowes Streets in the University of Dayton student housing neighborhood.  In the future, signs will direct you to Brown Street where bike lanes head downtown.

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