The Simon Kenton Trail extends the Little Miami Trail corridor another 18 miles north from downtown Springfield to Urbana, Ohio. It begins amidst all that Springfield has to offer, from the arts to the ECO Sports Corridor and then swiftly proceeds to the rolling farm countryside of Ohio on your way to Urbana.
Named for the historic frontiersman, the Simon Kenton Trail presents its own gauntlet you can run, from city to country and back, stretching 18 miles from Springfield to Urbana. Downtown Springfield boasts diverse dining, the full spectrum of the arts, the Clark County Heritage Center and Frank Lloyd Wright’s “The Westcott House.” You’ll also find the ECO Sports Corridor along the Buck Creek Trail featuring river kayaking, bouldering and even wind surfing at C.J. Brown Reservoir.
Consider a stop at Cedar Bog, just past the Champaign County line. Operated by the Ohio Historical Society, Cedar Bog Nature Preserve is the largest and best example of a boreal and prairie fen complex in Ohio. It has many rare plants and animals, as well as excellent orchid, prairie, and woodland wildflower displays.
Continuing on, you will arrive in Urbana, Ohio, final resting place of Simon Kenton. The trail continues as far as Grimes Field, Urbana.
Future Plans: Signs Pointing North to Bellefontaine!
Citizens throughout Logan and Champaign counties urged the Simon Kenton Pathfinders over two years ago to initiate efforts to extend the multi-use trail from Urbana north another 16 miles to connect the communities of Urbana, West Liberty and Bellefontaine. As a result of those efforts, the City of Bellefontaine and Pathfinders filed an application for a $500,000 grant from the Clean Ohio Trail Fund with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. That grant was given final approval by the State Controlling Board at its January 14, 2013 meeting.
The Simon Kenton Pathfinders have raised about $200,000 of the $300,000 in matching funds required to finish the project. So, 2013 will be an important year.
In June of 2012, SKP celebrated completion of the first phase of the northward expansion – a 1.25-mile section of trail from the Urbana Depot to Grimes Field, from where the northward extension will continue to West Liberty and Bellefontaine.