Towpath Trail

Simon Kenton Trail

Roughly half of the Simon Kenton Trail is unpaved at this time, giving the trail a split personality. [Scroll past 'Specs & Facts' to continue reading.]

Latest Update: 12/15/18 by OB - Fundraising Totals

Urbana, OH - "...We are 'Over the Top' on the Honda of America paving challenge with a final amount donated by the November 30th deadline of $30,250.

"...[Honda's] $25,000 match brings the amount in the paving fund to $55,250 at the end of November..." more

Fundraising Goal Surpassed - 11/28/18 by OB

Urbana, OH - "An effort to raise $25,000 for paving the Simon Kenton Bike Path has reached $30,000 and the volunteers behind the project hope people keep on giving." more...

Fundraising Goal Met - 11/2/18 by OB

Urbana, OH - "...With one month to go in our Honda of America Foundation Paving Challenge, we have just this week, reached our goal!" more...

Trail Paving Fundraising Progress - 10/16/18 by OB

Urbana, OH - "...We are just $2,565 from reaching our $25,000 goal which will be matched dollar for dollar up to that amount by the Honda of America Foundation..." more

Clark County Adding Location Markers to Trails - 10/9/18 by OB

Clark County, OH - "National Trail Parks and Recreation District will be labeling the trails over the next few weeks by placing coded stickers every 1/10 of a mile on the Simon Kenton Trail, Buck Creek Trail and Little Miami Scenic Trail.

"These codes will then be put into the Clark County GIS system that is connected to the Dispatch Network. This system will make it easier for emergency services to locate trail users if needed..." more

Fundraiser Report - 10/4/18 by OB

Urbana, OH - "...Each dollar that we raise by November 30th is matched, up to $25,000... to be used for additional paving in the Spring/Summer of 2019... more

Fundraising Progress - 9/18/18 by OB

Urbana, OH - Honda has agreed to match donations (up to $25k) to pave the SKT. As of Sept. 15, $14,210 dollars has been raised. more...

Honda Offers Donation Match for Trail Paving - 8/2/18 by OB

Bellefontaine, OH - "...For each dollar we raise through donations and fund raisers by November 30, 2018, Honda will match it dollar for dollar.

"If we match the $25,000 challenge, that will give us a total of $50,000 for paving (by chip/seal method). This would be enough money to pave @ four additional miles of trail." more...

Trail Paving Progress - 7/21/18 by OB

Bellefontaine, OH - "@ 2.3 miles from the Carter Avenue trailhead in Bellefontaine to TR 199 were chip sealed on sub contract by the Logan County Engineer's Department.

"So far, many positive comments, as the trail is quite smooth..." more...

OB: The new pavement, called 'chip seal,' is a lower cost option compared to finished asphalt. It's not as rough as traditional chip & sealed roads. So far this new surface has been well received by trail riders.

Trail Section Closings - 7/6/18 by OB

Springfield, OH - Area trail maintenance and repair closings were scheduled to start July 16. However, at least one closing sign has already gone up today, from Red Coach to S. Kensington. Learn more...

Trail Section Closing July 9th - 7/3/18 by OB

Bellefontaine, OH - From Simon Kenton Pathfinders, "A section of the Simon Kenton Trail will be closed on Monday, July 9th (rain date of Tuesday, July 10th) for paving. This project will temporarily close the trail from Carter Avenue in Bellefontaine to TR 199, South of the city. This closing will include the parking lot at the North terminus. The project is expected to take only one day..."

This chip/seal paving is made possible by an anonymous donor who gave $8,000, provided the SKP could match it which we did .....and more. Thanks to all who contributed.

Trail Paving Starting Soon - 6/9/18 by OB

Bellefontaine, OH - Weather permitting, paving of a 1.3-mile portion of the trail will begin in a couple of weeks.

This will be the first asphalt laid on the currently unpaved portion of the trail in Bellefontaine. The section scheduled for paving extends from the northern terminus at Carter Road, south to County Road 200.

Prescribed Burn Along Trail - 4/25/18 by OB

Bellefontaine, OH - "A prescribed burn along the Simon Kenton Trail bicycle path should improve the health of the path and prevent wildfires in the future." more...

Tree Down on Trail - 7/23/17 by D Andy

Where this trails splits in Urbana to head towards Bellefontaine at the Depot Coffee House in Urbana, about .5m up the path there is a downed tree across the bike trail. It extends across the path almost to the train tracks.

It is still attached at the trunk so I was unable to move it. You will have to walk around it to continue on to Bellefontaine or to finish coming into Urbana.

Springfield Bike Patrols Expanding - 7/15/17 by OB

From, "...The Springfield Police Division is expanding its bicycle patrols to Springfield's greenway trail network.

"The Little Miami Trail, Simon Kenton Trail and the east-west connector, Buck Creek Trail will be patrolled by certified bike patrol officers to off-duty staffing from now into early fall, Clark County Combined Health District officials said Friday. "

Trail Specs & Facts:

Location: Clark, Champaign and Logan Counties

Class: B, A1+

Length: 17.8 miles / asphalt + 1.6 mile spur; + 15.9 miles / crushed stone

Condition: Good

Facilities: No known trailside facilities between Bellefontaine & Urbana.

Parking: Lewis Moore Dr. in Urbana, OH. (See trail map for more options.)

Worth Noting: The SKT's connection with the Little Miami Trail essentially ties it to the SW OH trail network and the cross-state Ohio-to-Erie Trail.

Map: Simon Kenton Trail or Sm Screen Version

Elevation: South to north

More Trails in this Region: SW OH Trails List

Shortly after leaving Urbana and heading north toward Bellefontaine, the bikeway's asphalt surface turns to crushed stone for the remainder of the 16-mile journey.

This segment also shares the corridor with a train track, whereas paved trail coming southwest out of Urbana has the corridor all to itself.

In Springfield, OH the trail connects with the Buck Creek Trail before ending at Center Street, a mere .2 miles from the Little Miami Trail. This final connection, via a protected bike lane, effectively connects the Simon Kenton with trails throughout SW, central and NE Ohio via Xenia Station.

Urbana, OH
Restored Depot in Urbana, OH - Photo by Billy Helfrich

Here's a description of the trail by Billy Helfrich:

The Simon Kenton Trail runs 18 miles from the YMCA in the east end of Urbana, Ohio, meandering west and then to the north, and eventually south to downtown Springfield, Ohio. Mostly flat, it's mainly a rail trail with lots of shady areas and wide open spots too. There are many wildflowers to see and lots of corn and soy bean fields.

There are interesting sights along the Trail with much farm land and a few streams to cross.

There are plenty of places to stop for refreshments in West Liberty and Bellefontaine.

Photo by Billy Helfrich

Cedar Bog Nature Preserve is conveniently located nearby on Woodburn Road.

Spurs branch off to the Melvin Miller Park in Urbana, the Urbana University, the Springfield Soccer Fields, the Splash Zone Water Park, and the Buck Creek Trail.

The Simon Kenton Trail, which has become known simply as the "SKT," crosses over the old 1916 Buck Creek Bridge and it has been connected with trail into downtown Springfield to Center Street where It connects via downtown streets to the Little Miami Scenic Trail.

If you like to go fast and enjoy long stretches of trail, then riding on the SKT is just where you want to be.

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