COVID-19 and Other Alerts

Posted March 24, 2020

At this time the State of Ohio is under a State of Emergency signed by Governor DeWine and related Public Health Orders from the Ohio Department of Health, all related to the pandemic COVID-19 virus. Trails and open spaces are ideal places to relieve the stress of social distancing and "stay at home" orders that accompany the statewide response to this virus. It is quite feasible to enjoy the trails while maintaining responsible social distancing from other trail users. Please keep social distancing in mind while on the Miami Valley Trails.

The Miami Valley Trails all remain open to the public through this State of Emergency. THAT SAID, trail users should be advised that most (if not all) restroom facilities located along the trails ARE CLOSED. In many cases, these facilities were closed for the Winter as normal, but many trail managing agencies are leaving them closed for the duration of the State of Emergency. In some locations portable toilets are scheduled soon to be set up, and where they are, they will be available for use, at the user's discretion.

For the duration of the Ohio State of Emergency, it will be prudent for trail users to assume that restroom and drinking water amenities along the trails will be closed or shut off.

A few segments of trail are currently affected in downtown Dayton:

1. The ped/bike bridge over the Mad River, between RiverScape MetroPark and Deeds Point MetroPark is closed. Trail users can add just a half-mile to their trip and cross the Mad River using wide sidepaths on the Webster Street Bridge.

2. Dayton sewer work has closed the trail downstream of the Stewart Street Bridge, in the vicinity of UD Arena. The trail on this side of the river was less than a mile long when open. The closure does not affect the longer segment of the Great Miami River trail on the opposite bank of the river -- connecting Dayton southward through the City of Franklin.

3. An intermittent closure is in place under the Main Street Bridge as ODOT crews restore areas impacted during recent bridge work. Trail users 

4. A detour will route cyclists onto city bike lanes, share-the-road routes or sidewalks through Fall 2021 in downtown Dayton. The trail will be closed on both banks of the river for Third Street Bridge replacement. A map of the detour route is available on slide 8 at: https://mcohio.sharefile.com/share/view/s20a9775931c4acf8

Updated December 6, 2019

Trails Affected: 
Great Miami River Trail

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