Little Miami Scenic Trail is one of the best urban trails in the country for 2021, according to ‘Afar’ magazine


The Loveland Bike Trail part of the Little Miami Scenic TrailPhoto: Savana Willhoite

When it comes to seeing the sights and sounds of Greater Cincinnati on foot – or by bike – we’ve known for some time that the Little Miami Scenic Trail is one of the best.

But it’s always nice when other people finally get it, isn’t it?

Far away magazine, a guide focused on experiential travel, lists the Little Miami Scenic Trail as one of the top five urban trails in the United States.

The Little Miami Scenic Trail is the longest single trail in the Miami Valley Trail system, starting just east of Cincinnati in Anderson Township and extending to Springfield, Ohio via 78 miles of paved multimodal trails. What seems particularly important for Far away is not what the trail looks like, but where it can take you. The magazine specifically mentions the trail stops in Loveland, Milford and Lebanon, as well as the accessibility of Caesar Creek and John Bryan State Parks.

Here is what Far away said:

The Little Miami Scenic Trail stretches 78 miles from Cincinnati to Springfield, Ohio, making it one of the longest paved multi-use trail systems in the country. Much of the trail borders the banks of the Little Miami River, allowing pedestrians to descend on foot for kayaking or canoeing. As the longest single path in the Miami Valley network, the well-shaded Little Miami Scenic Trail connects many cities in the region, including historic downtowns of Loveland, Milford, and Lebanon. Two state parks, John Bryan and Caesar Creek, are accessible from the trail, along with a number of restaurants and eateries to relax and refuel. The entire Cincinnati region has 116,000 acres of protected green space, including 351 parks and nearly 40 nature reserves.

It may be the “Little” Miami Scenic Trail, but it has definitely gained “big” attention recently. The Little Miami Scenic Trail was also a factor Forbes recently named Cincinnati as one of the top 2021 destinations for travelers.

Little Miami Scenic Trail Beechmont Bridge Connection Render Feb2021GreatparksorgRendering of the Beechmont bridge connectionPhoto: greatparks.orgThe trail continues to expand. Construction began in February for the Beechmont Bridge connector, a new half-mile link between the Little Miami Scenic Trail and the Ohio River Trail.

This will officially add the Little Miami Scenic Trail to the Cincinnati Horseback Riding or Walking Network (CROWN) project to connect over 100 miles of area trails.

Led by Tri-State Trails (an initiative of the Regional Alliance for Sustainability Green Umbrella), Wasson Way, Ohio River Way and a public-private partnership, the 34-mile CROWN Urban Trails Loop will connect over 100 miles of trails existing and to be built trail networks while stimulating economic development, improving transportation options, stimulating businesses and promoting healthy activities.

Currently in mid-construction with various segments completed and open for recreation, it will serve as a “hub” to access the Little Miami Scenic Trail, Ohio River Trail, Mill Creek Greenway, Wasson Way, and Murray Path. It will also include the downtown Smale Riverfront Park, which has been named one of the United States todaythe 10 Best River Walks in 2021 and Riverfront Commons in Northern Kentucky.

Read Far awaySpotlight on the Little Miami Scenic Trail and other great city trails.

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