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Dayton, OH Bikeways

Dayton, Ohio bike trail development began with the River Corridor Bikeway, now known as the Great Miami River Trail. [Scroll past 'Trail Facts' to continue reading.]

Great Miami River Trail
Great Miami River Trail - Dayton, OH

Latest Update: 3/31/20 - 5 Rivers Metroparks Notice

Dayton, OH - "COVID-19 updates and closures; all programs and events cancelled through May 3." more

3/30/20 - Trail Closures in the Dayton Area

Dayton, OH - "The Great Miami River Trail between Triangle Park and the I-75 bridge is closed due to high water. "

"The Wolf Creek Recreation Trail from the Antioch Street access and the mouth is closed due to flooding."

See more closings in the 5 Rivers Metroparks area.

3/30/20 - Social Distancing on 2 Wheels

Dayton, OH - "...While the recent Stay at Home Order by Amy Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health, put additional limits on Ohioans activities, a variety of outdoor activities, including biking, are still permitted." more

3/24/20 - Trail Facilities Closed in Miami Valley

SW OH - "...The Miami Valley Trails all remain open to the public through this State of Emergency. THAT SAID, trail users should be advised that most (if not all) restroom facilities located along the trails ARE CLOSED..." more

3/18/20 - Dayton Getting New E-Bike Fleet

Dayton, OH - "A zippy new way to get around Dayton launches this spring when the same group that brought bike share to the city releases its next-generation mode of transport: e-bikes." more

3/16/20 - Wolf Creek Trail Section Closed

Dayton, OH - A section of Wolf Creek Rail Trail between Shiloh Rd. an Diamond Mill Rd. is closed due to a hazardous tree.

2/14/20 - Kettering Suspends Shared Bikes, Scooters

Kettering, OH - "...Law Director Ted Hamer told council the vehicles have disrupted pedestrians and business owners in other cities." more

2/1/20 - Vehicle Spotted on Huffman Dam Trail

Dayton, OH

1/27/20 - Building the Hewitt Avenue Bikeway Connector

Dayton, OH - "Kettering and Centerville are joining efforts to build the Hewitt Avenue Bikeway Connector, which will begin at the Iron Horse Bike Trail and continue east to tie into an existing trail." more

12/12/19 - Great Miami River Trail Section Closed

Dayton, OH - "A section of the Great Miami Recreation Trail between Birch Drive and Needmore Road will be closed until further notice due to hazardous conditions."

12/10/19 - 3rd Street Bridge Detour Thru 2021

Dayton, OH - "A detour will route cyclists onto city bike lanes, share-the-road routes or sidewalks through Fall 2021 in downtown Dayton. The trail will be closed on both banks of the river for Third Street Bridge replacement..."

See a map of the affected route.

12/6/19 - Dayton Area Trail Closures Update

Dayton, OH - "A few segments of trail are currently affected in downtown Dayton..." more

12/5/19 - New Warning Signs near Crains Run Park

Dayton, OH

11/26/19 - Wolf Creek Trail Closure

Dayton, OH - "Beaver damage has created hazardous trail condition on portion of Wolf Creek Recreation Trail within Wesleyan MetroPark between the railroad trestle and parking lot."

11/21/19 - Englewood Bike Trail Closure

Dayton, OH - "The section of bike trail between Lienesch Rd. and the West Park “Hump Bridge” will be closed for asphalt repair on Nov. 21 and 22."

11/19/19 - Great Miami River Trail Closure Nov. 25

Dayton, OH - "The Great Miami Recreation Trail on both sides of the river will be closed beginning Nov. 25, 2019 for the Third Street Bridge Replacement Project. The project is expected to take two years for completion. A signed detour will be established on both sides of the river."

10/8/19 - Thousands Ride Scooters in Dayton

Dayton, OH - "Just weeks after launching in Dayton, Spin has doubled the number of electric scooters it has in the city, citing their popularity." more

10/4/19 - Bike Path Tunnel Closure Oct. 7

Dayton, OH - The bike path tunnel under Riverside Bridge at RiverScape MetroPark will be closed on Monday, Oct. 7.

9/27/19 - Upcoming Great Miami River Trail Closures

Dayton, OH - Riverscape Bike Path Tunnel: The bike path tunnel under Riverside Bridge will be closed on Monday, Sept. 30 for maintenance. It will reopen on Tuesday, Oct. 1, but will be close again later in the week.

Main Street Bridge Closure: The Main Street bridge over the Great Miami River will be closed from 8 PM Friday, Sept. 27 through 6 AM Monday, Sept. 30 for construction. Traffic should follow the detour signs to navigate around the closure.

9/11/19 - RiverScape Bike Path Tunnel Closure

Dayton, OH - The bike path tunnel underneath Riverside Bridge will be closed Tuesday, Sept. 17 and Wednesday, Sept. 18 for mainline water source repair.

9/11/19 - Filling the Gaps along the Great Miami River Trail

Butler County, OH - "...there are 4.7 miles of proposed trail in Butler County that are the only pieces for which no funding has been found..." more

8/29/19 - Great Miami River Trail Closure

Dayton, OH - The Great Miami River Recreation Trail is closed from Main Street to First Street in Dayton, on the YMCA side of the river. Crews are working to re-open the trail following a problem with maintenance equipment. Trail users should find an alternate route for the next day or so.

7/31/19 - Huffman Dam Trail Paving in Progress

Dayton, OH - The Huffman Dam Paving Project began Monday, July 8 and will run though August 15. During this time, there will not be any access to this area that spans the Huffman Dam.

7/12/19 - Closing the Middletown to Franklin Trail Gap

Middletown, OH - "...The 1.4-mile bike path from Middletown to Franklin is a large component of integrating the river-way into the community. Construction will occur in 2020, and the project will cost $1.74 million, including $900,000 for a retaining wall." more

7/7/19 - Huffman Dam Trail Closing for 45 Days

Dayton, OH - "The trail on top of Huffman Dam will be closed for about 45 days beginning tomorrow (July 8). We are replacing the abandoned roadway with a proper trail..." more

7/5/19 - GMRT Paving July 8th

Troy, OH - "Portions of the Great Miami River Trail within Troy’s city limits are scheduled to be repaved from Lytle Road to Miami Shores Golf Course over the next month, weather permitting. Paving is expected to start no sooner than July 8...

"The trail will be split into segments for paving. For multiple segments, there will be detour routes signed and posted. Each segment is expected to take approximately 3-5 days..." more

7/3/19 - Mad River Trail Section Reopens

Dayton, OH - "The Mad River Trail between Findlay Street and Eastwood MetroPark is open..." more

6/27/19 - GMRT Closure & Detour

Dayton, OH - From, "Weekend closures of the Great Miami River Recreation Trail where it passes under the Main Street/SR 48 bridge repair project are possible for the duration of the project. Upcoming closures include July 5, 12 and 19. Signed detours are in place to guide trail users around the closed sections on the north and south sides of the river."

6/27/19 - Mad River Trail Closure Continues

Dayton, OH - "Mad River Recreation Trail is closed for several weekdays from 7 to 3:30 while our crews grind woody debris left after the Memorial Day tornadoes." more

6/25/19 - Mad River Trail Clean Up Closure

Dayton, OH - "...the Mad River Trail will be closed during the work day starting tomorrow as our crews begin the process of grinding the pile of trees and limbs blown down by the May tornadoes..." more

6/17/19 - Great Miami River Trail Reopens in Dayton

Dayton, OH - Five Rivers Metroparks reports that all paved trails in the Dayton area that were closed due to storm damage are now open. more

6/14/19 - Mad River Trail Reopens, GMRT Section Remains Closed

Dayton, OH - "Mad River Recreation Trail is open! Trail users should be cautious where debris piles reduce sight distance. Over the next 30-60 days we will need to close the trail again temporarily to dispose of these piles..." more

Dayton, OH - "The Great Miami River Recreation Trail between Wagner Ford (a.k.a. Rip Rap Road) and Keowee is closed until further notice..." more

6/10/19 - Dayton-Area Trails Storm Damage Update

Dayton, OH - "...The following paved recreation trails also are closed until further notice:

6/6/19 - Dayton-Area Trails Storm Damage Update

Dayton, OH - "...The following paved recreation trails also are closed until further notice:

Learn more about storm damage in this area.

6/1/19 - Dayton Area Trail Closures due to Storm Damage

Dayton, OH - From, "The following paved recreation trails also are closed until further notice:

Stillwater update: "...Stillwater River Recreation Trail in Dayton is clear and open between Island MetroPark and Siebenthaler Avenue -- through Triangle and Deweese parks. Our friends at Five Rivers MetroParks tell us the trail north of Siebenthaler Avenue will remain closed through the weekend..." more

5/8/19 - Retired Huffy CEO Bill Smith Dies

Dayton, OH - "...Smith was at Huffy for 25 years, including 8 years as CEO, before announcing last September that he would retire in December 2018..." more

5/1/19 - Huffy Bicycles Partners with Together We Rise

Dayton, OH - "...During the month of May, Huffy will partner with nonprofit Together We Rise and donate bikes to foster families across the US to encourage family togetherness and bonding as they hit the road, trail or bike path." more

1/10/19 - $150K Settlement Expected in Apparatus Crash

Dayton, OH - "In 2015, a then-18-year-old bicyclist was hit by and trapped under a Dayton Fire Department apparatus. Now, the city is expected to settle a civil lawsuit by the bicyclist." more...

12/16/18 - New Trails & Bike Lanes Coming to Dayton

Dayton, OH - "West Dayton has few bike lanes but some major projects in the works will make it easier to ride a bicycle there." more...

9/20/18 - Wesleyan MetroPark About to Grow

"...The added space includes ponds, new accesses to portions of Wolf Creek and opportunities to connect existing sections of the Wolf Creek bike trail." more...

8/31/18 - Huffy Making Comeback

"Years after a bankruptcy refocused the company on its core of bicycles, Huffy Corp. has moved into new headquarters, increased hiring and again has what one analyst calls a 'a solid share' of the U.S. market." more...

7/24/18 - Dayton Looks to be Better for Bikes

"...Dayton wasn’t always so bike friendly, and cycling advocates say there’s still room for improvement." more...

7/18/18 - Help Authorities Find Suspected Bike Thieves

Dayton, OH - "Dayton Police have released images of three individuals suspected of stealing bikes in the hopes that the public may be able to help identify them." more...

Dayton Trail Facts:

Location: Montgomery County

Number of Trails: 8

Trail Miles: 83.1 (does not include Great Miami River Trail or Creekside Trail mileage outside Montgomery County)

Worth Noting: Another 50+ miles of the GMRT lie outside Montgomery County.

Trails in this Region: SW OH Trails List

Ambitious Expansion Plan

When nearby trails were built and the Great Miami River Trail expansion became reality, opportunities to travel by trail multiplied dramatically.

Dayton Trails

Today, the extensive expansion of the Great Miami Trail has set the tone for trail development in the area. Recent years have seen the expansion of the Mad River Trail, along with its connection with the Wright Bros/Huffman Prairie Trail, the creation of the Dayton-Kettering Connector, and the beginnings of another connector with the Little Miami Trail, the Great Little Trail route.

The number of communities linked by trail continues to grow in this area as two remaining gaps in the Great Miami River Trail have yet to be closed.

A Well-Established Trail Network

While the Dayton-area bikeway network would be sufficient for most trail travelers, there's more to the bigger picture here. The close proximity of the Xenia Trail Network, a mere 18 miles to the east, means that two extensive networks lay literally side-by-side. And of course, the Creekside Trail serves as the bridge that connects the two.

For enthusiasts, that's about as close as you can get to trail nirvana. When all the connections are completed, it'll be closer yet!

RiverScape Metropark

On the banks of the Great Miami River, RiverScape Metropark can be both a destination and a launching point. Bike rentals are available here, right alongside the Great Miami River Trail!

Bicycle Advocacy

The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) played an active role in bike advocacy long before other Ohio planning commissions regarded bikes as a serious form of transport.

That likely played an important role in SW Ohio trail development, allowing it to lead the state in that regard.

Dayton Bike Share

Link Dayton, the area bike share, was launched on May 5, 2015.

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