A couple of bike riders enjoy a stretch of the Little Miami Scenic Trail. Both NTPRD and the Clark County Parks District manage a portion of the trail. The two districts are in talks about combining into one system. Bill Lackey/Staff
Photo: Staff Writer
Photo: Staff Writer

BEST OF DAYTON: The best places for a bike ride

One of the best things about Dayton, if you ask us, is its recreational amenities.

Dayton has worked hard to become a cyclist-friendly city in recent years.

The Gem City is situated in the heart of 330 miles of paved bike trails connecting to other towns and venues through Southwest Ohio and across the state.

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There are tons of trails to choose from and all offer something a little different. We asked the people of Dayton to pick their favorite in Dayton.com’s Best of 2018 contest Best Bike Route category. Here are the top three vote-getters.

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WINNER: Little Miami Scenic Trail

Along the Little Miami Scenic Trail north of Yellow Springs, you'll see plenty of soybean fields through the trees.
Photo: Connie Post

The Little Miami Scenic Trail runs past Fort Ancient and King’s Island. The start/end points are Beechmont Ave. in Anderson Township (south) and Springfield (north). The trail passes through towns including: Newtown, Milford, Loveland, Morrow, Oregonia, Corwin, Spring Valley, Xenia, Yellow Springs, Springfield

Miami Valley Cycling Summit Century Ride participants will venture along the Little Miami Scenic Trail. CONTRIBUTED
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The only downside: the path is on the wrong side of the Little Miami River to stop for a coaster ride. When the Little Miami Trail ends, you can pick up local bike-friendly trails and cycle down to the Ohio River.

Want to go?

More info: Website

SECOND PLACE: Great Miami River Trail

Madelyn Hartkemeyer, 5, rides her bike on the Great Miami River Recreation Trail after a dedication hosted by the Hamilton Community Foundation Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Fairfield Twp. Monroe is grants to be used in construction of its portion of the trail. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Photo: Staff Writer

The Great Miami River Trail extends north to Piqua and south to Middletown. Along the way, there is beautiful scenery, small towns and — if you're lucky — a sunrise or sunset that's a perfect way to start or end your day. The start and end points are Franklin, Ohio (south) to Piqua, Ohio (north). There are also segments in Middletown and Hamilton. The trail runs through cities including: Franklin, Miamisburg, West Carrollton, Moraine, Dayton, Huber Heights, Vandalia, Tipp City, Troy, Piqua, Middletown and Hamilton.

Want to go?

More info: Website

THIRD PLACE: Xenia Station

The Dayton region is linking to a nationwide network of bicycle routes, the first in Ohio designated as U.S. Bike Route 50 from the Indiana border in Preble County to Steubenville on the West Virginia border. Xenia Station has been named as a part of the route. John and Judy Velbeck, left, prepare their recumbent bicycles for a ride. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Photo: Ty Greenlees

This county seat (Greene County) was once a railroad hub, and is now a trail hub with the opening of Xenia Station. Located on the site of an old depot, Xenia Station houses equipment rentals, concessions, a visitor information center, and a bicycle patrol headquarters in a replica of a 19th century railroad building. Xenia Station anchors paved multi-use trails heading in five directions. From it, trails lead to Dayton (West), Springfield (North), Jamestown (Southeast), London (Northeast) and Cincinnati (South).

Want to go?

More info: Website