Whether you’re a competitive rider looking to do some training or just someone who enjoys being outside and getting some fresh air, Cincinnati offers a variety of bike trails around the city where you can do both.
From gentle paved trails to intense backcountry mountain biking trails, the Queen City has it all.
In this post we share the best bike trails around Cincinnati.
Map of Bike Trails
The following map shows the location of every bike trail mentioned in this post:
Little Miami Scenic Trail
The largest and most well-known bike trail in Cincinnati is the Little Miami Scenic Trail, which spans 78 miles from the eastern Cincinnati neighborhood of Newtown all the way to Springfield, Ohio. The trail winds through many different neighborhoods, but two of the more popular stops along the trail include:
Downtown Loveland: An area that is packed with bars, restaurants, shops, and breweries, including one of our favorite coffee shops: Mile 42 Coffee.
Old Milford – The downtown area of Milford which features a variety of shops and restaurants, including one of our favorite breweries on the east side with a rooftop bar: Little Miami Brewing Company.
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The trail has a reputation for being well kept and smoothly paved, which makes a big difference for anyone looking to take a longer ride.
Trail map: Little Miami Scenic Trail
Lunken Airport Loop
Another popular trail on the east side is the Lunken Airport Loop, a five mile paved trail that loops around the Lunken Airport and offers some nice views of the Little Miami River. This is an easy trail that riders of any skill level can enjoy and it can get fairly busy when the weather is nice out. Also note that there’s little shade cover at any point on the trail, so dress accordingly.
Trail map: Lunken Airport Loop
Ohio River Trail
One of the more scenic biking trails in Cincinnati is the Ohio River Trail, which spans about five miles out and back along the Downtown riverfront. The trail winds through several riverfront areas including Smale Riverfront Park, Sawyer Point Park, and International Friendship Park, offering some nice views of the Cincinnati skyline and the Ohio River along the way.
There are plans to extend the trail to the east end of the city, but for now riders have to resort to road biking to reach the east end.
Trail map: Ohio River Trail
Miami Whitewater Forest
Another excellent paved trail can be found at Miami Whitewater Forest, located in Harrison. The bike loop spans a total of 8 miles and winds through a variety of different areas including meadows and prairies, offering a peaceful and easy ride. The trail is also popular among walkers and runners, so keep an eye out if you happen to go there.
Trail map: Miami Whitewater Forest Shaker Trace Trail
Mountain Bike Trails
Devou Park Trails
One of the more popular places to go mountain biking is in the backcountry trails in Devou Park, located just across the Ohio River in northern Kentucky. With nearly 10 miles of dirt trails and plenty of elevation changes, Devou Park offers a fun experience for all ages and skill levels.
Trail map: Devou Park Trails
Mitchell Memorial Forest
Located on the far west side of Cincinnati, Mitchell Memorial Forest is another excellent spot to go mountain biking. This area offers two different loops, roughly 4 miles each, that loop through forested areas with plenty of winds and turns that can be challenging for even experienced riders.
Trail map: Mitchell Memorial Forest
Located in northern Kentucky, England-Idlewild Park offers six different mountain biking trails with varying levels of difficulty. This is one of the best places to go mountain biking not just in Cincinnati, but in the entire Tri-State area.
Check out the video below to get an idea of what the trails look like:
Trail map: England-Idlewild
East Fork State Park
Another great place to go mountain biking is East Fork State Park. Located on the far east side of Cincinnati, this park offers about 10 miles of trails that loop around the ridges overlooking East Fork Lake.
Trail map: East Fork State Park
Located on the northwest side of Cincinnati in Fairfield, Harbin Park offers 6 miles of mountain biking trails with plenty of elevation changes and tight turns that will challenge even the most experienced riders.
The video below provides a glimpse at the trails:
Trail map: Harbin Park