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Little Miami

126 mi, 17 ft/mi

 

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Cincinnati, OH

Starting and ending just outside Cincinnati Ohio. 

Stats

Multiple options; 126 miles, 2,183 ft elevation gain, 17 ft/mi.  Out-and-Back. 

Bike Choice / Terrain

Paved, relatively flat multiuse rail-trails closed to motor traffic. Preferred bike rank: Road bike, Gravel bike, Rigid MTB, Hardtail.

Summary

Little Miami is a beginner friendly point-to-point overnight route. Bikepackers can choose from one of three starting points on the Little Miami Scenic Trail, the longest and most scenic single trail in the Miami Valley trail network, to Angels Pass Park, in Beavercreek, Ohio. Decide whether you’d like to ride 126, 98, or 70 miles and journey north from your starting point to Xenia station, the hub of four trails, before continuing west on the Creekside Trail to the campground. Get up the next morning and return the way you came.

Highlights

  • Paved Rail-to-Trail greenways
  • Primative Tent Camping
  • Bicycle Friendly Restaurants on Route

Starting Options

126 Mile Option: Little Miami Golf Center

To experience the full 126 miles of this trip, start your journey at the Little Miami Golf Center. A paid parking pass is required to park here, with the advantage of a paid attendant watching over the lot. Let the attendant at the gate know you will be leaving your car overnight, when purchasing your parking pass. For video footage of the first 14 miles of the trail, watch from 1:22 to 4:30 from our Cinci to Yellow Springs trip.

Start your journey by parking at the Linda J. Cox parking lot in Loveland. Fill your water bottles at Nisbet Park or grab a bite to eat at one of Loveland’s eateries, right along the trail. Loveland is the proverbial trail town, with lots of offerings to stop in and explore. Then, hit the trail and head north, where you’ll ride along the scenic Little Miami River, a little over 14 miles to the trail town of Morrow, OH.

70 Mile Option: Morrow, OH

Start your journey by parking in one of the spots opposite the caboose, on Main St. Restrooms and water available here as well.

The first meal option past Morrow, OH is 14 miles to The Corwin Peddler, a bicycle-themed restaurant that caters to trail riders. Pedal another 14 miles North and you’ll arrive at Xenia Station, the hub of four trails, which offers water and restrooms, in addition to a scenic and historic place to stop and rest.

From Xenia, hop on the Creekside Trail and head East a little over 6 miles, until you arrive at Angels Pass Park (which also appears on some maps as Beaver Creek Park). From the park entrance, make your way to the back of the park on the gravel road, to the left of the lake, to the campground.

Camping Information: 

    A permit is required for the Angels Park campground that must be completed and paid for in advance through the Beaver Creek Parks office. There are three primitive tent sites. All have picnic tables, a fire pit. And there is a shared water pump.

    For a post-ride beverage and potential food options, visit Southern Ohio Brewing, which adjoins the park. Be sure to check the website for the food truck schedule. Please note that the brewery is a popular place and food trucks can sell out.

     

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