Little Miami Overnighter
Little Miami Overnighter is a point-to-point route from one of three starting points on the Little Miami Scenic Trail, the longest single trail in the Miami Valley trail network (and considered by many to be the most scenic), to Angels Pass Park, in Beavercreek, Ohio. Decide whether you'd like to ride 63, 49, or 35 miles and journey north from your starting point to Xenia station, the hub of four trails, before continuing west on the Creekside Trail to the campground. Get up the next morning and return the way you came for a total of 126, 99, or 70 miles round-trip. This is a beginner-friendly route, with paved, relatively flat multiuse rail-trails that are closed to motor traffic.
126 Mile Option: Little Miami Golf Center
To experience the full 126 miles of this trip, plan to start your journey at the Little Miami Golf Center. A paid parking pass is required to park here, but you also have the advantage of a paid attendant watching over the lot. Let the attendant at the gate know you will be leaving your car overnight, when purchasing your parking pass. Visit the bathroom and fill up your water bottles before hitting the trail and heading 14 miles north to the trail town of Loveland, Ohio. (For video footage of the first 14 miles of the trail, watch from 1:22 to 4:30 from our Cinci to Yellow Springs trip.)
98 Mile Option: Loveland, OH
Start your journey by parking at the Linda J. Cox parking lot in Loveland. Use the restroom and/or fill your water bottles at Nisbet Park or grab a bite to eat at one of Loveland's eateries, right along the trail. Loveland is the proverbial trail town, with lots of offerings to stop in and explore. Then, hit the trail and head north, where you'll ride along the scenic Little Miami River, a little over 14 miles to the trail town of Morrow, OH.
70 Mile Option: Morrow, OH
Start your journey by parking in one of the spots opposite the caboose, on Main St. Use the restroom and/or fill your water bottles before taking a picture of your bike in front of the caboose.
Continue north for 14 miles before stopping off for a meal at The Corwin Peddler, a bicycle-themed restaurant that caters to trail riders.
Pedal another 14 1/2 miles north and you'll arrive at Xenia Station, the hub of four trails, which offers water and restrooms, in addition to a scenic and historic place to stop and rest.
From Xenia, hop on the Creekside Trail and head east a little over 6 miles, until you arrive at Angels Pass Park (which also appears on some maps as Beaver Creek Park). From the park entrance, make your way to the back of the park on the gravel road, to the left of the lake, to the campground.
Camping and Beaver Creek Info.
A permit is required for the Angels Park campground that must be completed and paid for in advance through the Beaver Creek Parks office. There are three primitive tent sites. All have picnic tables, a fire pit. And there is a shared water pump.
For a post-ride beverage and potential food options, visit Southern Ohio Brewing, which adjoins the park. Be sure to check the website for the food truck schedule. Please note that the brewery is a popular place and food trucks can sell out.
YouTube Video and Trip Gallery
Video footage and pictures of the ride we did from Loveland to Beaver Creek, using this route, with the Central Kentucky Bikepackers.
Nisbet Park in Loveland
Stopping to regroup
Meeting up with riders in Morrow
Morrow railroad bridge
Lunch at The Corwin Peddler
Setting up camp
Angels Pass Campground
Starting the return journey
Back on the Trail
Bikes Against a Bridge Rail
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