The flattest, greenest, prettiest stretch of Miami Valley's bike trails

2:00 p.m Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 What To Do

America’s largest paved bike trail network is right here in the Miami Valley.

With 330 miles of diverse trails, there’s no excuse not to get out and go for a ride.

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The single longest bikeway in the entire network is the Little Miami Scenic Trail, which runs from Newton in Hamilton County all the way up to Springfield – about 75 miles altogether.

The smoothest, flattest, lushest and prettiest section of that bike trail is from downtown Yellow Springs going north, to the intersection of State Route 68. On a folding bike with tiny 20-inch wheels, the roundtrip took me an hour and 15 minutes. Burning more than 800 calories can leave a body feeling a bit parched, so you might want to make a stop at Yellow Springs Brewery – it’s right on the trail, a couple blocks north of Dayton Street.

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What is the perfect beer to celebrate a perfect bike path experience? That’s easy: the Wobbly Wheel Imperial India Pale Ale.

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The Wobbly is made with Simcoe, Mosaic and Centennial hops. It’s perfectly clear, the color of amber and smells like juice. The first sip tastes like stone fruit; the second sip, citrus notes provide a bit of harmony. Your tastebuds will savor the nicely balanced hoppy highs and malty lows. This ale is delicious and refreshing, but be forewarned: it has an ABV of 9 percent.

If an Imperial IPA isn’t your thing, that’s OK. We taste-tested the other beers on tap. For a full report, click here.

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