Homes County 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: 10/3/19 - Keys Found on the Trail

Urbana, OH


9/11/19 - Trail Section Closed Today

Urbana, OH - The Simon Kenton Trail will be closed for paving repair, Wednesday 9/11/19 for one day. The section closed will be from Miami St. in Urbana to Edgewood Ave. There will be NO access to this area for anyone during this job.

9/2/19 - Pathfinders Manage without Park District

Springfield, OH - "...The all-volunteer [trail] group originally started with 13 members and has since grown to 275 members..." more

8/30/19 - Trail Construction Alert

Champaign County, OH - The SKT northern section between Lippincott Rd. and the Logan County line will be totally closed, starting on Tuesday morning, 9/3/19, as we complete the final 3.6 miles of chip seal which will finish connecting our trail between Urbana and Bellefontaine.

Please observe all trail closing signs and avoid that area to allow the workers to complete this project, as well as for your own safety. This project is scheduled to take four days from 9/3-9/6. The trail should be complete and open by the weekend of 9/7-8, weather permitting.

8/23/19 - Trail Closures Coming Aug. 2

OH - The SKT will be closed between Lippincott Rd. and the Champaign County line early next week, beginning Monday, 8/26, as workers do some maintenance on that section. It is unknown how long this work will take...

Also, the chip seal work in Logan County continues on Monday, 8/26, weather permitting. At this point, they are between SR 508 and West Liberty and headed to the county line. Please observe trail closed signs for your own safety and to allow the workers to complete their work.

8/20/19 - Chip/Sealing Underway

West Liberty, OH - The Northern section of the SKT in Logan County will be closed between TR 199 & the county line, just South of West Liberty starting tomorrow; Wednesday, 8/21 for the start of our chip/sealing. This work is expected to take 2-3 days, weather permitting.

When completed, this 5.22 mile section finishes the phase #3 part in Logan Co. And connects Bellefontaine & West Liberty.

8/8/19 - $10K Trail Donation

Urbana, OH - "...the Logan County Chamber of Commerce through their Economic Development Partners voted to donate $10,000 towards the trail project. This brings the current fund raising efforts to within about $17,000 of our goal." more

7/26/19 - Trail Alert for July 29

Urbana, OH - "There will spraying of herbicide on the North section of the Simon Kenton Trail, between Lippincott Rd. and the Champaign/Logan County line on Monday, July 29th; weather permitting." See Location.

7/25/19 - Commissioners Donate $10K to Trail

Logan County, OH - "The Logan County commissioners met with the Simon Kenton Pathfinders Organization Thursday afternoon to donate $10,000 towards the bike path in Bellefontaine." more

7/24/19 - Committee Recommends $15K for Bike Path

Bellefontaine, OH - "City Council members will have an opportunity Aug. 13 to vote on a measure to give $15,000 toward chip seal paving of the final section of the Simon Kenton Bike Trail." more

7/20/19 - Paving Status Recap

Champaign County, OH - "...While 3.2 miles of trail were paved on Tuesday, an additional five miles are planned in Logan County to be completed by the end of August. This, according to Simon Kenton Pathfinders vice-president Jim Cook, will leave only a 3.6 mile unpaved gap along the whole bike path from Urbana to Bellefontaine." more

7/18/19 - Chip/Seal Paving Update

Salem Twp., OH - "The chip/seal project on the 2.63 mile section of the Northern extension, between SR 296 and Lippincott Rd. in Champaign Co. was completed earlier today!...

"The trail remains closed for a couple days to allow the asphalt to cure..." more

7/15/19 - Trail Paving In-Progress July 15 - 18

Bellefontaine, OH - "It’s happening right now; paving of the Northern section of the SKT, between SR 296 and Lippincott Rd. Grading and rolling today. Chip/seal on Tuesday, weather permitting.

"That section will be totally closed for the next three days!.." more

6/9/19 - Fundraising for Phase 3

Urbana, OH - "We are Soooo close to having enough money to complete Phase #3 of the Simon Kenton Trail; connecting Urbana to Bellefontaine! If we can raise another $40,000 by the end of August, it will be finished this Fall..." more

6/8/19 - Sinkhole Repaired, Chip/Seal Work Coming

Urbana, OH - "The repair on the sinkhole between Edgewood Ave. and the Depot in Urbana was completed yesterday/Friday...

"The North/Gravel Simon Kenton Trail is open also but we still believe that our chip/seal project on that section will start soon; perhaps as soon as Monday, 6/10..." more

6/4/19 - Sinkhole Alert

Urbana, OH - "There is a sinkhole which has recently appeared on the SKT, between Edgewood Ave. and the Depot, in Urbana..." more

5/30/19 - Chip-n-Seal Closure

Urbana, OH - "...we will begin our chip/seal project on the North trail sometime next week, hopefully as scheduled on Tuesday, 6/3-Wednesday, 6/4. Weather issues may delay this project... The area being chip/sealed will be from TR 199 to the Champaign County line in Logan County. For this project, the trail will be totally closed!.." more

5/28/19 - Trail Alerts

Urbana, OH - "The South trail is clear w/no storm damage, from County Line Rd. To the Depot. However, there is a new, small sinkhole in the trail between Edgewood Ave. and Muzzy's Road..." more

5/18/19 - Trail Damage from Flooding

Bellefontaine, OH - "...major trail damage on the Northern extension of the SKT, near Liberty Hills Golf Course. This is on the gravel section and due to the recent heavy rainfall and flooding in Logan County." more

5/9/19 - Trail Paving Progress

Urbana, OH - "...For the last 18 months, we have been raising additional monies through donations, matching grants, bike tour and other means, in order to continue paving. The members recently approved paving an additional 7.8 miles of the trail during this coming Summer of 2019. This leaves us a small gap in the trail of 3.6 miles..." more

5/5/19 - Trail Maintenance & Closure May 6-7

Urbana, OH - "...Monday, May 6th, there will be limb beaver trimming between Edgewood Ave. and the Depot Coffee House inside the Urbana City Limits. Also, our regular scheduled mowing will be going on...

"...On Tuesday, May 7th, contractors will be spraying herbicide to control invasive species between the Depot Coffee House and County Line Rd. The trail will be closed during this work!.." more

4/22/19 - Temporary Closures Continue

Urbana, OH - "Due to weather and equipment breakage issues, this project was not completed last Friday. Work will continue today, Monday, April 22 and until completed..." more

4/17/19 - Trail Hazard Alert!

Springfield, OH - "If you're heading out on the Simon Kenton Trail here in Springfield, be aware that there is damage on the bridge where the trail crosses Buck Creek. This issue has been reported..." more

4/16/19 - Trail Maintenance Closures

Urbana, OH - "There will be scheduled maintenance on the SKT on Friday, April 19th and possibly continuing into the week of April 22nd, or until done.

"Areas affected will be on the North trail only; Depot to behind the Urbana Airport and also Bloomfield Ave. to Clark Rd. within the Urbana City limits." more...

3/22/19 - Trail Work Complete for Now

Urbana, OH - "...The SKT is totally open from County Line Road to Bellefontaine.

"Stay tuned for more alerts, as we do have other trail maintenance projects coming up in the next month." more...

3/14/19 - March Trail Alerts

"There is a temporary closing of the Northern section of the Simon Kenton Trail at the SR 296 intersection. Contractors are installing new RR warning lights and a gate for that crossing..."

"...On Monday, 3/18, the Champaign Co. Highway Dept. Will be removing some very large thorny locust trees on the Northern extension, between the Depot and Lippincott Rd. That section will be closed for a day...." more

12/23/18 - Trail Section Closing Dec. 26

Urbana, OH - "Weather permitting, a section of the Simon Kenton Trail, South of Urbana, from State Route 55 to Hickory Grove Road, will be totally closed beginning Wednesday, December 26th-Friday, December 28th...

"In the event of inclement weather during the planned workdays, the project may need to be extended into the next week until completed.

"...We do not have a safe detour which we would recommend around the work area." more

12/15/18 - 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

11/28/18 - Fundraising Goal Surpassed

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...

11/2/18 - Fundraising Goal Met

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

10/16/18 - Trail Paving Fundraising Progress

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

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

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

10/4/18 - Fundraiser Report

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

9/18/18 - Fundraising Progress

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...

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

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...

7/21/18 - Trail Paving Progress

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.

7/6/18 - Trail Section Closings

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...

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

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.

6/9/18 - Trail Paving Starting Soon

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.

4/25/18 - Prescribed Burn Along Trail

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...

7/23/17 - Tree Down on Trail - 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.

7/15/17 - Springfield Bike Patrols Expanding

From whio.com, "...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.

Deer
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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