More than 4,700 people from 39 states traveled and completed the Butler County Donut Trail during its first year, resulting in an economic impact of nearly $1 million for the county.
Photo: Tom Gilliam
Photo: Tom Gilliam

Ohio’s best food trails — including some stops in Dayton — get some national ‘buzz’ 

There is trail for just about every passion.

Ohio’s trails have gotten some national buzz when Buzzfeed recently published a listicle highlighting the “Essential Guide to Ohio Trails for Every Type of Person.”

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Some highlights from our neck of the woods:

The Butler County Visitors Bureau set the inaugural date for the Donut Trail Cycle Challenge. The ride will start from Downtown Hamilton s Marcum Park & RiversEdge Amphitheater on Sept. 1, at 10 a.m. This event will combine the Donut Trail concept with a fun day of cycling around Butler County. CONTRIBUTED
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Butler County’s Donut Trail features a dozen donut shops to satiate your donut cravings. Visitors can experience the Butler County Donut Trail by collecting stamp codes on an official passport while visiting each of the required locations. Once fully complete, each passport can be redeemed for a complimentary official Donut Trail T-shirt. The Butler County Visitors Bureau created the Donut Trail in January 2016. Since that time, nearly 9,000 people from 44 states and nine countries have completed the Donut Trail. 

>> What you need to know about the Butler County Donut Trail

Young’s Jersey Dairy hosts an annual celebration each Memorial Day. Guests spent the days enjoying ice cream, miniature golf, the driving range, batting cages, slides and carnival rides. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY
Photo: Tom Gilliam

The Ohio Ice Cream Trail is a 15-stop ice cream trail spanning 13 cities. Our favorite dairy farm made the list. Young’s Jersey Dairy, located at 6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd. in Yellow Springs, offers a lot more than just great ice cream, though. A fully functioning dairy farm, batting cages and even a year-round restaurant also operate on the property, making it a go-to destination for locals and visitors alike. Statewide faves Jeni’s and Graeters made the list by as well.

>> Young’s Jersey Dairy named an official stop on the Ohio Ice Cream Trail

Who needs the Kentucky Bourbon Trail when you can enjoy plenty of amazing drinks close to home? The Darke County Whiskey, Wine and Ale Trail features stops including Indian Creek Distillery, the oldest in Ohio, and the 2017 Ohio Magazine Best Winery winner, the Winery at Versailles.

Not all trails are about the food and booze. Learn about Dayton’s rich history in flight and aviation with a trip along the Dayton Aviation Trail. The trail includes 16 stops, including Carillon Historical Park, The Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center, the Wright B Flyer, WACO Field in Troy, the National Aviation Hall of Fame, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

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We’d like to add one more trail to the list. The Dayton Ale Trail. “The Dayton Ale Trail” that includes a prize as a reward for those who visit each and every Miami Valley brewery. Pick up a copy of The Dayton Ale Trail passport at any of the 19 participating Dayton-area breweries. Those beer enthusiasts who complete the trail by visiting each brewery on the list and collecting every brewery’s stamp on their passport can stop at Crafted & Cured in Dayton to pick up a Dayton Ale Trail 32-ounce “howler” container for craft beers on tap.

>> What you need to know about the Dayton Ale Trail

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Have you completed any of the trails featured here? Any other “trails” we should add to the list? We’d love to hear your story! Email us at