The Great Miami Bikeway offers beautiful views of the river like this one just south of downtown Dayton.
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. To download a copy of the regional trails map, click on the link 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.)
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. More than 50 miles of bike trails are built on MCD land.
Safe, clean, and scenic
Some of the best sections of the bike trails are right along the rivers.
Highlights from the Great Miami River Recreation Trail
- Ride the trail from Piqua to the southern end of Franklin for a total of 57 uninterrupted miles. The bike trail follows levee tops and river bottoms, travels through forests and near farmland continuously through the cities of Piqua, Troy, Tipp City, Dayton, Moraine, West Carrollton, Miamisburg and Franklin.
- After a short break in the trail, Middletown offers 9.1 miles of trail with open views of the Great Miami. 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 new Marcum Park, and the Fitton Center for the Arts. Or climb to the opposite river bank to Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park.
- Each of these cities offers charming, historic downtowns with sites to see, mom-and-pop shops to visit, and local restaurants offering everything from fine dining to sports bars to ice cream shops.
- The trail has many “on ramps” 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 Road in Moraine
- Alex Road/Hydraulic Road 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