15+ of the Best Cincinnati Bike Trails

When you’re ready to get on your bike and ride, you’re in luck! There are so many great Cincinnati bike trails!

Some are great for beginners and some are perfect for those who have been pedaling for a while. Some bike trails are enjoyable for an evening ride and some will stretch your ideas of biking in Cincinnati.

Whether you bring your own bike or rent one, we hope this list will encourage you to explore some new bike paths!


Cincinnati Bike Trails by Area: we broke it all down to help you find the perfect bike trails near you!

Bike Trails Near Me | East | West | North | Downtown | Mountain Bikes

 

East Side – Cincinnati Bike Trails

Little Miami Golf Center

Little Miami Golf Center* offers access to the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail (one of the longest, multi-use paved trails in the United States) at the Avoca Trailhead or the Bass Island Trailhead. Both trailheads have parking space. Avoca Trailhead has bathrooms and water fountains (seasonal). Stick around and enjoy golf, lawn bowling, FootGolf, and paddling too.
Location: 3811 Newtown Road, Newtown, OH 45244
Distance: Little Miami Bike Trail is 78 miles of shared use trail
Difficulty (per trail owner): 
easy
Rentals Available? no
Open: Dawn to Dusk

signage, bikes, and people along the Loveland Bike Trail in Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati Bike Trails – Loveland Bike Trail

Loveland Bike Trail

Affectionately called the “Loveland Bike Trail”, it is the Little Miami State Park and it is 70 miles long with connections to well over 100 miles. Free parking, picnic tables, rest rooms, easy access, coffee, ice cream shops, restaurants and entertainment have made Loveland, Milford, Newtown, Miami Township & Lebanon excellent staging areas.
Location: Multiple trail heads – see map here
Distance: 70 miles of shared use trail
Difficulty (per trail owner): 
easy
Rentals Available? yes, from private businesses
Open: not listed

Signage for the Otto Armleder Trail Connector with bike trails in the background
Otto Armleder / Trail Connector

Otto Armleder Memorial Park & Recreation Complex

Otto Armleder Memorial Park is one of my personal favorites. This park features a new 1.0-mile paved trail that connects the park’s existing 1.9-mile trail to the 5-mile Lunken Airfield loop, as well as a playground, reservable soccer fields, river outlook and canoe access to the Little Miami River.
Location: 5057 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, Oh 45226
Distance: Otto Armleder Park’s trail is 1.9 miles and the Lunken connector is 1.0 mile. Both trails are paved and shared use
Difficulty (per trail owner): 
easy
Rentals Available? no
Open: Dawn to Dusk

Woodland Mound

Woodland Mound* is home to a 1.2 mile shared use biking trail. You can also enjoy a 0.9-mile Parcours trail and the 0.6-mile Hedgeapple and 0.8-mile Seasongood nature trails.
Location: 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Cincinnati, Oh 45255
Distance: 1.2 miles shared use trail
Difficulty (per trail owner): 
easy
Rentals Available? no
Open: Dawn to Dusk

Lunken Airport Bike Trail

Lunken Airport offers great biking trails as well as playgrounds, tennis courts, a golf course, and a spot to watch the planes come and go. Read more about Lunken Airport here.
There’s not a lot of “official” info on the bike trail at Lunken Airport so here’s a link to info on Lunken Airport at All Trails.
Location: 262 Wilmer Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45226
Parking: multiple options
Distance: 5 miles, mixed use trail; now connects to Otto Armleder Park (see info above)
Difficulty (per trail owner): 
easy per All Trails
Rentals Available? not listed
Open: not listed


West Side Bike Trails

Fernbank Park

Fernbank Park*  This park sits right along the Ohio River and also includes a playground space.
Location: 50 Thornton Avenue, Cincinnati, Oh 45233
Distance: 1.2 miles shared use, paved trail
Difficulty (per trail owner): 
easy
Rentals Available? no
Open: Dawn to Dusk

person riding a bike at Miami Whitewater
Cincinnati Bike Trails – Miami Whitewater Forest

Miami Whitewater Forest

Miami Whitewater Forest* is the largest park in the Great Parks of Hamilton County family. In addition to the bike trail, this park also has miles of hiking trails, horseback riding, a dog park, shelters, picnic areas, a 9-hole golf course, a campground, lake activities, a snack bar, playgrounds, disc golf, and much more.

Note from Great Parks (added 6-10-22): “The Mt. Hope Road underpass on the Shaker Trace Inner Loop is closed as the trail is damaged and impassable. Spring rains and subsequent flood events continue to deteriorate and undermine the trail. A prolonged closure is expected as Great Parks of Hamilton County works with the Office of the County Engineer to determine appropriate repairs.


Location: 9001 Mt. Hope Road, Crosby Township, Oh 45030
Distance: Shaker Trace Outer Loop is 7.8 miles of shared use trail
Difficulty (per trail owner): 
moderate
Rentals Available? yes
Open: Dawn to Dusk


North of Cincinnati Bike Paths

Sharon Woods

Sharon Woods* features a visitor center with exhibits, an accessible two-story indoor play area for children ages 2-12, 2.6-mile paved multi-purpose trail around the lake, a 1.0-mile Parcours trail and the 0.7-mile Gorge nature trail. You can enjoy water/lake activities, a snack bar, playgrounds, creeking, and much more.
Location: 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, OH 45241
Distance: 2.6 miles shared use, paved trail that circles the lake
Difficulty (per trail owner): 
easy
Rentals Available? yes, at the Sharon Woods Boat House
Open: Dawn to Dusk

Francis RecreAcres

Francis RecreAcres* has soccer fields and volleyball courts (for organized play only, permit needed), a snack bar, and a 1.0-mile paved trail. A universally accessible playground features wide ramps, rubber safety surface and physical fitness elements.
Location: 11982 Conrey Road, Sharonville, Oh 45249
Distance: 1.0 mile shared use, paved trail
Difficulty (per trail owner): easy
Rentals Available? no
Open: Dawn to Dusk

Winton Woods

Winton Woods* offers numerous hiking trails, horseback riding, picnic shelters, picnic areas, a campground, water/lake activities, a snack bar, playgrounds, and much more. Close by (and also part of Winton Woods) you’ll find Parky’s Farm, The Mill Golf Course, and Meadow Links Golf Course. Also close by is a disc golf course.
Learn more about The Ultimate Day of Staycation at Winton Woods here.
Location: 10245 Winton Road, Cincinnati, Oh 45231
Distance: 1.7 miles shared use, paved trail that circles the lake plus an extension of the West Branch trail of 0.9 miles
Difficulty (per trail owner): 
easy
Rentals Available? yes, at the Winton Woods Boat House
Open: Dawn to Dusk


Downtown Cincinnati Bike Trails

Theodore Berry International Friendship Park

Theodore Berry Park sits right along the banks of the Ohio River.  Pedal past displays of sculpture and flora representing five continents. There is a free parking lot but spots are limited.
Location: 1135 Riverside Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Distance: 0.5 miles shared use trail
Difficulty (per trail owner): 
easy
Rentals Available? no
Open: 6am – 11pm

Bike at Sawyer Point in Cincinnati Ohio
Cincinnati Bike Trails – Theodore Berry Park

Smale Riverfront Park

Smale Riverfront Park is a great place to spend the day. The trail portion of this park is part of the Ohio River Trail. The trail will take you all along the Ohio River and you can ride east to Theodore Berry Park (mentioned above). Plan a day to enjoy the day at Smale Park with swings overlooking the Ohio River, water play areas for the kids, giant chess board, a playground, lots of open grassy areas, Carol Ann’s Carousel, see a portion of the Berlin Wall, and so much more.
Location: 100 Theodore M. Berry Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Parking: fees apply
Distance: 1.5 miles shared use trail
Difficulty (per trail owner): 
easy
Rentals Available? Cincinnati Red Bike
Open: 6am – 11pm


Mountain Bike Trails

Mitchell Memorial Forest

Mitchell Memorial Forest* offers over eight miles of challenging mountain bike trail. The mountain bike trails were designed per International Mountain Biking Association standards and includes moderate to steep terrain, several technical features and some sections of more difficult trail. Trail A is an intermediate trail that is approximately 3.9 miles in length with moderate to steep terrain and some technical features. Trail B is an advanced trail that is approximately 4.2 miles in length with moderate to steep terrain, several technical features and some sections of more difficult trail.
Location: 5401 Zion Road, Miami Township, Oh 45002
Parking: multiple options
Distance: 8.1 miles of Mountain Biking Trail
Difficulty (per trail owner):
difficult
Rentals Available? not listed
Open: dawn to dusk, weather dependent; trails are closed during winter months

Devou Park

Devou Park Backcountry Trails has over 8 miles of  trails for biking and hiking. The secluded trails are part of over 700 acres in this Northern Ky park.
Devou Parks trails are suited for novices and experienced riders alike.  For novices there are usually ride arounds for the obstacles. Come often and increase your skills. Trails are monitored daily for safety and you can find updated trail conditions.  Find the Devou Park map here.
Location: 1201 Park Dr, Covington, KY 41011
Parking: multiple options
Distance: 8.0+ miles of Mountain Biking Trail
Difficulty (per trail owner):
moderate
Rentals Available? not listed
Open: not listed

East Fork State Park

East Fork State Park is one of Ohio’s largest parks and offers multiple activity possibilities including boating, camping, hiking, swimming (lake), and more.
East Fork’s bike trails are for Mountain Biking. The trail system has over 12 miles of traveling a mixture of flat, smooth stretches, twisting turns through wooded areas winds through steep hills, switchbacks, and ridges overlooking East Fork Lake. These trails are some of the most scenic in the region. Find the East Fork State Park map here.
Location: 3294 Elklick Road, Bethel, Ohio 45106
Parking: multiple options
Distance: 9.6 miles of Mountain Biking Trail
Difficulty (per trail owner):
moderate
Rentals Available? not listed
Open: not listed

Harbin Park

Harbin Park has three mountain bike trails. The Blue Trail is about 3/4 miles long and includes elevation changes and man-made bridges to cross creeks on bike. It is the easiest of their trails and is great for beginners. The Green Trail is 0.82 miles and has a large elevation change and tight turns around trees. The third trail is The Orange Trail which is much longer – 4.3 miles. It includes lots of elevation changes, tight turns, man made bridges and obstacles. It is the most difficult of their trails. See the map of the Harbin Park Mountain Bike trail system here.

Location: 1300 Hunter Road, Fairfield, Ohio 45014
Parking: multiple options
Distance: 5+ miles of Mountain Biking Trail
Difficulty (per trail owner):
easy to very difficult
Rentals Available? not listed
Open: 8am to dusk

Mt. Airy Forest is slated to get some Mountain Bike Trails. Read the news here.

*Great Parks for Hamilton County requires a Motor Vehicle Permit for entrance to the parks.


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5 thoughts on “15+ of the Best Cincinnati Bike Trails”

  1. You forgot Devou Park Trails, remember that it’s ok to cross the Ohio Ocean every once in a while.

  2. Devou is listed … but England-Idlewild Trails and a few other CORA are missing. Maybe didn’t fit definition of “best” or not part of the Greater Parks system?

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