Emergency closure at Milford: A section of trail between the Milford trailhead and Galbraith Rd. is closed because of an unsafe condition caused by erosion under the trail.
The condition is a result of stone walls and dirt being washed out of a culvert that channels water beneath Route 126 and the trail, leaving a 12-foot deep empty space below the trail. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) ordered the area closed because heavy rains, large truck vibrations, or other conditions could cause the trail to collapse into the culvert.
The area has been fenced off and signs announcing the emergency trail closure have been posted at the Milford trailhead and at Galbraith Road. Trail users are not permitted to enter this area and violators are subject to fines.
Milford culvert under trail
ODOT and ODNR will be working together to remediate the hazard, considered a high-priority Emergency condition. The repair consists of inserting a sleeve into the culvert and filling the void with a foam material. The work may take 30 to 60 days to complete, but the two agencies and the Friends of the Little Miami State Park will be working to open the trail or a detour as soon as possible.