The Ohio River Trail
Once completed, the Ohio River Trail will span 23 miles along the north bank of the river from Coney Island through Downtown to Sayler Park.
The trail will enhance quality of life, increase mobility and recreational opportunities, and support economic development. The trail will connect our neighborhoods to Downtown and the world-class Cincinnati Riverfront Parks. It will complete the connection from Downtown to the Little Miami Scenic Trail that will eventually extend to Lake Erie.
Several segments of the trail have been completed: a 0.3-mile section along Mehring Way from Main Street to Elm Street; a 0.6-mile segment through T.M. Berry International Friendship Park; a 1-mile segment from Corbin Street to the intersection of Congress and Kellogg Avenues, a 0.5-mile segment from Congress Avenue to Carrel Street, a 0.4-mile segment from Carrel Street to the Lunken Airport Trail, and 1.3 miles that are part of the Lunken Bike Path.
Design has also begun on a 1.2-mile segment of trail between Collins Avenue and Corbin Avenue, and on a 0.4-mile segment extending east from Lunken Airport Trail to Magrish Preserve which will be the southern terminus for the Little Miami Scenic Trail. Connection to the Little Miami Scenic Trail will eventually link Cincinnati with over 100 miles of continuous bike/hike trail between Springfield, Dayton and Columbus, Ohio and Downtown Cincinnati.
The portion of the Ohio River Trail from Paul Brown Stadium to the west has been completed at one location - Fernbank Park. Additionally, space for the future trail has been planned for near State Avenue as a part of the upcoming Waldvogel Viaduct reconstruction project. A connection to the future Mill Creek Trail under US 50 is also planned.
Queen City-South Mill Creek Greenway Trail
When all four phases are complete, the off-road Queen City-South Mill Creek hike-and-bike trail will span 3.4 miles along the river, from Mitchell Avenue at the Queen City shopping center to the Mill Creek Road bridge in South Cumminsville.
The multi-purpose trail will connect with existing streets, on-road bike lanes, Metro and Access bus stops, and pedestrian sidewalks. In addition, the trail will link parts of five residential neighborhoods, two business districts, Salway park, and the Spring Grove Cemetery.
The Queen City-South Mill Creek Greenway Trail is the first high visibility segment of the 13.5-mile City of Cincinnati Mill Creek Greenway Trail. Located in the geographic heart of the City and Hamilton County, the bike/hike trail will extend from the Hamilton County Fairgrounds in Carthage to the Ohio River. From the mouth of the Mill Creek, the trail will extend east to the Cincinnati Riverfront Park, with connections to the Ohio River Trail traveling east and west and to other regional and statewide trails.
The multi-objective Mill Creek Greenway Trail will feature green technology and eco-friendly construction methods, including use of porous and other green paving materials (e.g., rubber from shredded tires) for the trail and parking lots, and trail furnishings from reused/recycled materials.
The hike-and-bike trail is a major component of the City of Cincinnati's Mill Creek Greenway Program, managed by the nonprofit Mill Creek Restoration Project (MCRP). The program seeks to create opportunities for bike commuting to work, walking and biking for short trips, and outdoor recreation and exercise. Other objectives are to improve the health of the degraded river and its natural resources, to economically revitalize neighborhoods and communities within the river corridor, to create jobs, and to retain and attract residents and businesses.
Planning is also underway to connect the City's Mill Creek Trail in the future to other Mill Creek communities in Hamilton County, including St. Bernard, Elmwood Place, Arlington Heights, Reading, Sharonville, Evendale, Blue Ash, Glendale, Wyoming, Lockland, Lincoln Heights, Woodlawn, and Springfield Township.
For information about the Mill Creek trail and other Mill Creek programs, please visit MCRP's website.
Little Miami Scenic Trail
The Little Miami Scenic Trail runs though five southwestern counties in Ohio.
As of 2008, it was the longest paved trail in the United States, stretching 76 miles from Springfield to Newtown, Ohio. The largely wooded corridor was created along the right-of-way of the old Little Miami Railroad.
The original railway bed is still visible beside the trail in various places along the trail route. The Hamilton County Park District intends to extend the Little Miami Scenic Trail to Clear Creek.
From there, it will follow the Little Miami River to Magrish Preserve, just past Lunken Field. At Kellogg Avenue, the trail will meet the Ohio River Trail.