Miamisburg to Franklin (16 miles round trip)
Stop in at the historic log cabin post office in Franklin.
Park along South Miami Avenue in Miamisburg. Stop at one of the city’s trailside informational kiosks to locate bike-friendly businesses in this quaint and thriving downtown.
Check out the old Greek revival market building and other historic buildings nearby. Join the trail at the intersection of Linden Avenue. Continue south on the trail past Rice Field, a community athletic park. You’ll soon pass the Hutchings Station low dam and cross Shepherd’s Run, then come to an intersection with another trail, maintained by Five Rivers MetroParks that climbs through the Medlar Conservation Area.
Continuing south on the Great Miami trail, you will pedal into Crains Run Park, so be sure to enjoy the mature trees and stunning river vistas. Imagine a pedestrian bridge that once existed across the river here, linking the interurban rail line with Chautauqua on the opposite bluff.
Continue south to enjoy more scenic and shady trail as you voyage on toward the City of Franklin. Carefully cross West Second Street at the historic Lion Bridge and continue on the side path along South River Street, stopping to read historic markers, enjoy a bench or check out the Old Log Post Office.
Be sure to circle a block over to Main Street to enjoy several trompe l’oeil murals (a technique that makes artwork appear to be three dimensional) by local, award-winning artist Eric Henn. Use caution at a rail crossing near Sixth Street, walking your bike over for safety. The trail currently ends at a small parking lot at Baxter Drive on the southern edge of Franklin.