The Great Miami Bikeway offers beautiful views of the river like this one just south of downtown Dayton.
Riders enjoy the new trail atop Huffman Dam.
Taking a relaxing ride along the Great Miami River Trail.
Blue skies and the Great Miami River make a great combination for a ride near Miamisburg.
Wayfinding signs along the trail guide cyclists from one city to another.
MCD maintains trails that are part of a larger trail system. The Miami Valley Bike Trails make up the largest paved trail network in the country. And the Great Miami River Recreation Trail has been named Ohio’s favorite trail twice by Ohio Magazine. Offering something for everyone along its 57 uninterrupted miles, the trail follows levee tops and river bottoms; travels through parks, forests and near farmland, plus several charming river cities: Piqua, Troy, Tipp City, Dayton, Moraine, West Carrollton, Miamisburg and Franklin.
After a short break in the trail, enjoy another 9.1 miles of trail with open views of the Great Miami River, just a couple of blocks from artsy downtown Middletown. Rest at Bicentennial Commons’ River Center or take a break to watch the planes and skydivers land at the regional airport.
Another 10 miles of bike trail begin just north of Hamilton in Rentschler Forest Metropark. Along the way, stop by historic German Village; Hamilton’s Marcum Park, named one of the five Great Public Spaces by the American Planning Association; and the Fitton Center for the Arts. Or climb the opposite river bank to Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park.
Regional leaders are developing a way to finish the Great Miami River Recreation Trail, connecting these three existing portions to each other and to additional communities.
To download a copy of the regional trails map, click the link on the right under “related content.” To receive a paper copy of the map, contact your local county park district. To help you plan a trip along the Great Miami River Recreation Trail, choose from among these 10-mile segment maps. (The Great Miami River Trail begins on Map 4.) Themed day trips are also available. Or check out the Great Miami Riverway for guidance on extending your trail trip with overnight stays, meals and attractions along the river.
MCD built the first significant section of trail – an 8-mile loop – in downtown Dayton more than 40 years ago. Over the years, MCD has added miles to the bikeway and currently maintains about 30 miles of bike trails. MCD built and maintains the Great Miami River Recreation Trail from Helena Street in Dayton downstream through Moraine, West Carrollton, Miamisburg and Franklin. MCD also manages 3 miles of the Mad River Recreation Trail and 1.5 miles of the Stillwater Recreation Trail. A total of more than 50 miles of bike trails are built on MCD land. The Great Miami trail has many access points from neighborhood streets, or you can leave your car in one of dozens of parking lots along the trail including:
- Lock Nine Park in Piqua.
- Treasure Island (Elm Street) in Troy.
- Island MetroPark (Helena Street) in Dayton.
- East River Landing in Moraine.
- Miami Bend Park in West Carrollton (at the low dam).
- Riverfront Park along South Main Street in Miamisburg.
- Baxter Drive in Franklin.
- Great Miami River Trail, Trenton Parking Lot (in Lemon Township upstream of State Route 73).
- Neilan Boulevard in Hamilton.
The Great Miami River Recreation Trail has been named a National Recreation Trail. Portions of several national and statewide trails use the Great Miami and other local trails to pass through the Dayton region, including: