Itineraries

Ohio to Erie Trail

by Jody D.

The Ohio to Erie Trail spans the state of Ohio from Cincinnati to Cleveland following lands formerly owned by railroads and canals. It's name comes from the bodies of water the trail will connect, the Ohio River and Lake Erie. When complete, this trail will connect four of Ohio's metropolitan cities, a dozen large towns and numerous small villages - all done on easily accessible, paved trails, that are completely separated from highways and automobiles. Along the way, the trail passes through rural areas, farmlands, nature preserves, and regional parks giving the adventurous a hearty helping of nature's finest. At the metropolitan perimeter, meadows and woods give way to exciting urban centers, affording the traveller a contemporary taste of Ohio's culture and arts. Bicyclists, hikers, equestrians, and other groups such as bird watchers, cross-country skiers, and nature lovers have the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of Ohio as the trail weaves its way across the state. This iteniary will give you general mapping, but before you go, visit the detailed maps on the Ohio to Erie Website. http://www.ohiotoerietrail.org/Map.aspx START: Little Miami Golf Center; 3811 Newtown Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45244 http://www.greatparks.org/rec_golf/lmgc.shtm

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Tour Stops

  • Little Miami State Park

    Little Miami State Park is a recreational corridor offering hiking bicycling, roller blading, horseback riding and canoeing along the beautiful Little Miami River, a designated state and national scenic river framed by rocky cliffs and towering sycamore trees. 
    The paved multi-use trail stretches 50 miles from southern Greene County, through Warren County, and Clermont County.  The northern trail head adjoins the Greene County Trail Corridor at Hedges Road.  Access points along the Little Miami trail include Spring Valley (parking & picnic facilities); Spring Valley Wildlife Area (canoe & fishing access); Corwin Ave. off State Route 42 in Waynesville (main staging area with restrooms, parking & picnic facilities); Middletown Road at Caesar Creek nature Preserve (parking, canoe & fishing access); Mathers Mill near Oregonia (parking, canoe & fishing access); Fort Ancient State Memorial (parking, canoe & fishing access); Morrow adn Halls Creek canoe access (main staging area with restrooms, parking & picnic facilities); South Lebanon (parking & picnic facilities); Grandin Road off State Route 48 near Kings Mill; Fosters-Mainville Road (parking, restrooms, canoe & fishing access); Loveland (main staging area with restrooms, parking & picnic facilities); and the southern trail head at Terrace Park.
    Points of interest along the trail include Spring Valley Wildlife Area, Caesar Creek State Park, Fort Ancient State Memorial and Kings Island.  

    • Address: % Caesar Creek State Park
      8570 East State Route 73
      Waynesville, Ohio 45068
    • Phone: Local Number: 5138973055
    • Email:
    • Website: http://www.ohiostateparks.org
  • Caesar Creek State Park

    Caesar Creek State Park, located in Warren & Clinton Co., is just 24 mi. from Dayton. Woodlands & ravines lend beauty to recreation. Picnic areas w/tables, grills & 6 reservable shelters make great reunions or gatherings. Hike 43 mi. of trails, or ride your horse on 31 mi. of bridle trails. Backpack 14 mi. of trails or mountain bike on 10 mi. of novice or veteran mountain biking trails. An archery range offers a variety of targets. Education and interpretive centers include the Nature Center, Pioneer Village & Corps of Engineers Visitor Center. Nature programs & special events provide year round entertainment.

    The campground offers 283 campsites with electric hookups. Amenities include showers, flush toilets, & dump station. Pets are allowed on designated sites. Try hassle-free camping with a Cedar Cabin or Camper Cabin. A primitive 30-site horseman's camp is available on a first-come, first served basis for campers with their own horses. 

    2,830-acre Caesar Creek Lake offers a sand swimming beach, & all types of boating with no hp limit. Seasonal dock rental available. 5 launch ramps provide lake access. The lake offers some of the best crappie, muskie, walleye & catfish fishing. Hunting is permitted in adjacent wildlife area & in season in designated areas.

    Camping Fees are $28/night (weekends). Horseman's camp is $17/night. Cedar Cabin is $75/night. Camper Cabin is $50/night. For reservations call: 1-866-OHIO-PARKS.

    • Address: 8570 East State Route 73
      Waynesville, Ohio 45068
    • Phone: Local Number: 5138973055
    • Email:
    • Website: http://www.ohiostateparks.org
  • Victoria's Bed and Breakfast

    Beautiful historic 1881 Eastlake Victorian mansion in downtown Xenia.  4 large bedrooms available with private bath and individual air conditioners.  Whole house option, excellent for small group events, conferences, retreats, reunions, weddings, family gatherings.  Includes the 4 bedrooms, and use of all public rooms.  Listed as a National Wildlife Backyard Habitat.  Easy access to Xenia's bicycle hub with trails going in 5 directions.

    • Address: 209 East Second Street
      Xenia, Ohio 45385
    • Phone: Reservations: 9373741202
    • Email: info@victoriasbnb.com
    • Website: http://www.victoriasbnb.com
  • Franklin County Veterans Memorial

    Veterans Memorial is a versatile, full-functioning event and meeting facility offered at an affordable price.  Space includes two exhibit halls equalling 110,000 square feet, a multi-purpose 5,000 square foot room which can accomodate 300 guests for a banquet, 500 for a lecture, 250 for a wedding reception, dinner dance or classroom seating, a multi-purpose room with adjoining patio overlooking the Scioto River with a great view of the Columbus Skyline, a banquet room which can accomodate up to 200 guests which overlooks the North Exhibition Hall (65,000 square foot exhibit hall), ten meeting rooms with capacities of 70-150 per room, the Skyline Lobby which accomodates more than 300 banquet style or more for receptions with a beautiful view of the Columbus Skyline, and an auditorium with 3,916 seats and a fully equipped proscenium stage.  Veterans Memorial also has an on-site 900 space parking lot, in-house catering by Concessions and Catering by Cox and many other services available such as fiber optic wireless internet service, audio-visual services, marketing and public relations assistance and pre-event planning.

    • Address: 300 W. Broad Street
      Columbus, Ohio 43215
    • Phone: Local Number: 6142214341
    • Email: info@fcvm.com
    • Website: http://www.fcvm.com
  • Columbus Blue Jackets

    Don't miss your chance to enjoy a night of National Hockey League action with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The regular season begins in October and goes through early April.  Led by 2013 Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky, the Blue Jackets are in search of their second trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

    • Address: 200 W. Nationwide Blvd.
      Columbus, Ohio 43215
    • Phone: Local Number: 6142467202
    • Email:
    • Website: http://www.BlueJackets.com
  • Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure

    27th GOBA: GREAT OHIO BICYCLE ADVENTURE, Saturday to Saturday, June 20-27, 2015.  Always starting on Father's Day weekend, GOBA is a week-long bicycle-camping tour through the best parts of rural Ohio.   Join in with 2,999 other bicyclists for a week of the best bicycling in Ohio, along with family-friendly entertainment and the warmth of small-town hospitality.  Route details and registration will be available starting Monday, November 24, 2014.  Check out www.goba.com and facebook.com/gobatour.    Highlights:Raffle for Free Registration.GPS downloadable rider maps



    Free entertainment every nightWe carry your luggage from town to town.Discounts for early registration.
    Do Good - Do GOBA! You, too, can ride with a purpose.  Proceeds from the registration fees are dedicated to worthy bicycle-related projects across Ohio, such as the Ohio to Erie Trail, www.ohiotoerietrail.org, and the Bike Lady, Inc., www.bikelady.org.Registration deadline: May 20, 2015.  Limit: 3,000.  More info & registration: www.goba.com or 614-273-0811 or www.facebook.com/gobatourMark your calendar, and watch for 2015 details.







    • Address: Complete address will be sent to participants
      Columbus, Ohio 44902
    • Phone: Local Number: 6142730811
    • Email: gobainfo@goba.com
    • Website: http://www.goba.com
  • First Responders Park

    Nestled beside Westerville Fire Station 111, you’ll find an inspirational setting in which to celebrate the achievements and contemplate the losses experienced by fire and police personnel and emergency dispatchers. The centerpiece of the park is a piece of World Trade Center Steel, known as C-40, measuring 18 feet long, 8 feet wide and weighing 2 tons.  This piece was part of the Federal investigation into the collapse of the towers. It once spanned the 98th-101st floors on the north face of WTC 1, which was struck by a 767 aircraft at 8:46am on September 11, 2001. The newest addition to the park is a sculpture of a firefighter called "The Crossing", designed by by Steve Geddes & Bob Moore, honoring the memory of fallen firefighter Dave Theisen.

    • Address: 374 W. Main St.
      Westerville, Ohio 43081
    • Phone: Local Number: 6147940401
    • Email: info@visitwesterville.org
    • Website: http://www.visitwesterville.org

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