15 of the Best Bike Trails in Cincinnati

Bicycling picture from Great Parks of Hamilton County
image courtesy of Great Parks of Hamilton County

 

This post is brought to you by Great Parks of Hamilton County.

May is Bike Month and Great Parks of Hamilton County would love to have you come out and explore the miles and miles of trails they have for biking! Don’t own one? Don’t worry. You can rent bikes at Miami Whitewater Forest, Sharon Woods and Winton Woods boathouses throughout the season. Great Parks also offers group ride opportunities, an 8.1 mile mountain bike trail and multiple access points to the 78-mile statewide Little Miami Scenic Trail.

 

There are so many great bike trails in Cincinnati. 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 or rent one, we hope this list will encourage you to get on a bike and ride!

East | West | Central | North | Downtown | Mountain Bikes

 

East Side Bike Trails

 

Little Miami Golf Center

Little Miami Golf Center* offers access to the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail 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

 

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

 

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 (opened in spring 2012), 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

At Woodland Mound* you’ll find Breezy Point Pavilion, home to Parky’s Wetland Adventure playground and snack bar, a regular playground and picnic areas. Woodland Mound has an 18-hole disc golf course and a boat launch ramp to the Ohio River (daily and annual boat launch permits may be purchased at the visitor center.) In addition to the 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, a restuarant, 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 (note: playground is currently closed for renovations).
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

 

Miami Whitewater Forest

Miami Whitewater Forest* is the largest park in the Great Parks of Hamilton County family. In addition to 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, water/lake activities, a snack bar, playgrounds, disc golf, and much more.
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 Trails

 

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.o 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

 


Central Bike Trails

 

Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum

Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum may sound like a strange place for a bike ride but you will understand why it made the list once you go to visit. This place is so much more than a cemetery. With multiple marked trails for walking and bike riding, this is a great place to enjoy some time on wheels. See the map of Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum here. Spring Grove Cemetery does ask that you re-route yourself away from any ongoing services while you’re biking.
You can see more about Spring Grove Cemetery here.
Location: 4521 Spring Grove Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45232
Parking: available near the office at entrance
Distance: no set bike trail
Difficulty (per trail owner): 
not listed, most areas are flat, some hills
Rentals Available? no
Open: 8am – 6pm

 


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? not onsite but can be found in areas that connect to this park trail
Open: 6am – 11pm

 

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 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? nearby
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

 

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 9.6-mile Mountain Biking Trail has two loops: The first loop is a mixture of flat, smooth stretches and twisting turns through wooded areas, and is suited to novice to intermediate cyclists, while the second loop winds through steep hills and switchbacks, and is suited to advanced cyclists.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

 

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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4 Comments

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

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