Great Miami River Trail

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Highlights

From urban skylines to beautiful river vistas, the Great Miami River Trail has something for everyone. The trail’s 75 miles hug the Great Miami River nearly the entire route. The route winds its way near museums, charming and historic downtowns, picnic facilities, acres of natural parkland and over gently rolling terrain—a perfect match for the runner, skater or cyclist.

Trail Description

The main section begins at the south end of Franklin and heads north  to downtown Franklin. Be sure to stop just a block off the trail and take in the the larger-than-life murals by Eric Henn. The trail travels north through Miamisburg, a block west of Miamisburg’s historic downtown. Other vibrant downtowns are ahead, starting in Dayton, with access to top-notch museums, numerous monuments, stadiums and RiverScape, home of the Bike Hub, a bike-commuter support facility.

Tipp City, Troy, and Piqua in the north each overflow with beautiful architecture, charm, and a thriving downtown business district. Aviation history comes to life at Waco Airfield near Troy, with displays from the former airplane factory and a hangar full of historic planes.

Unique local eateries in these vibrant river towns will satisfy every taste – whether you want to cool down with a scoop of ice cream or refuel with a full meal. Ohio hometowns have their weekly farmer’s markets and annual festivals as well. But in downtown Dayton, there seems to be something to celebrate every weekend.

Natural Features
Among those destinations, the trail wanders its way along the Great Miami River’s beauty: through the heavily wooded Crains Run Park and Taylorsville MetroPark, past Taylorsville Dam and Tadmor Historic Site, and on to the Tipp Nature Center. Even as the trail runs through the cities, riders commonly view great blue heron, kingfisher, and other beautiful water-loving birds, along with sign of beaver, white-tailed deer, and a diverse set of fish and aquatic life.

Connectivity
Users of the 63 continuous miles between Franklin and Troy will enjoy modern, off-street, paved multi-use trail. Trail designers make an effort to connect the trail to adjacent attractions and neighborhoods via ramps and bike stairs. Future plans include connecting the Middletown and Hamilton segments with the main section of the Great Miami River Trail north of Butler County.

Between Troy and Piqua, a short but challenging on-road route fills a gap until one more bridge over the Miami River gets built by 2016. This route follows the shoulder of County Road 25-A and then crosses the river on Peterson Road. The trail resumes from the parking lot of the Farrington Reserve and heads north to Piqua, goes through town and ends near The Johnston Farm & Indian Agency.

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Leaving Crains Run heading south to Franklin.

Forested area provides shade during summer rides.

 

View of the Great Miami Trail from State Route 123 Bridge

Trail approaching Franklin.

The Great Miami Trail joins River Street in Franklin. 

Approaching the Lyons Bridge crossing.

Looking north at Fifth Street and River Street in Franklin. The heart of the city is just a block to the east.

The Old Log Post Office.

Railroad crossing at Sixth and River streets in Franklin

The trail rejoins the levee south of Sixth Street.

Trail ends at the parking area at Baxter Drive.

In town there are several exceptional murals by Eric Henn. This one on Main Street is of an old horse-drawn Pepsi truck with a little boy.

This 20th century park mural is on the side of the Huntington Bank . Notice the women in old time dress and the gazebo in the park.

Two blocks south at Main and East Sixth streets is the old Franklin Station.

Trail access point upstream of State Route 4.

Trail spur to Smith Park in Middletown.

Central Avenue Bridge

Middletown’s Bicentennial Commons.

This is where the trail passes by the parking lot at Twin Arch Reserve.  Up and to the right is where the historic twin arches are located. The bikeway continues north from here.

Steps away from the bikeway is the historic twin arch stone culvert which was part of the Miami-Erie Canal.  The purpose of the canal was to complete the link between the Ohio River and Lake Erie.  The twin arch stone culvert was constructed in 1837 as part of the "extension" of the original canal which ran from Dayton to Cincinnati. It is one of two twin arches remaining on the canal. The second arch is located near the small town of Texas in Henry County, Ohio, southwest of Toledo.

This is the south view of the bikeway passing by the Twin Arch Reserve parking lot.  The Great Miami River is to the left.  Up and to the right is a fishing lake.   The rain garden in this picture was made by the Miami County Park District and Miami County Soil and Water Conservation District.

This section of trail leads south through Farrington Reserve and north to Piqua. 

The parking lot to Farrington Reserve right next to the bikeway. The park is a passive natural site beside the water’s edge with 2,500 feet of Great Miami River access.  It offers excellent opportunities to boat, exercise and view wildlife along the river.  It also provides visitors with a parking area and access to the Great Miami River Recreational Trail for biking and hiking.

As the bikeway heads north from Farrington Reserve towards Piqua, you pass over a small culvert.  To the right is a small man made waterfall.   

There is a small waterfall next to the bikeway as you head north or south from Piqua to Farrington Reserve.

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