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Ohio's Largest Playground is rich with natural beauty and the many miles of Warren County bike trails best illustrate our rolling hills, luscious trees and diverse wildlife.
The Little Miami Scenic Trail winds along the Little Miami River for a stretch of 76 miles, moving through woodlands, countryside and towns alike. The trail passes through Yellow Springs, Xenia and Waynesville, before reaching downtown Milford. Bike part of the trail, or saddle up for the entire journey. Whatever you decide, there's plenty to do along the way.
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There are numerous dining, lodging and rental options along the trail. Here is a sample of some of the key points of interest along the trail.
69 Maple St., Waynesville 45068 | 513-897-3536
A perfect stop for cyclists peddling along the trail, with services ranging from bike rental to homemade desserts and healthy eats. If you're coming from the south along the trail, Corwin is a great place to stop before completing the last section of the journey.
Loveland Bike Rental
206 Railroad Ave., Loveland 45140 | 513-683-0468
A great place to start your ride, this shop has everything to get you going on the Little Miami trail. From tandems to cruisers, recumbents to road bikes and kids bikes to child trailers. For planning ahead, consult the website for current hours and rates. Reservations suggested for groups of 10 or more.
Hammel House Inn
121 S. Main St., Waynesville 45068 | 888-892-2879
In downtown Waynesville, the Hammel House Inn has hosted travelers for nearly 200 years. Presidents Martin Van Buren and George W. Bush have seen its charming guest rooms and elegant dining room restaurant. Try the homemade Shaker tomato soup or coconut cream pie.
River Walker Bed & Breakfast
156 Corwin Rd., Oregonia, Ohio 45054 | 513-934-3921
This rustic, century-old bed and breakfast is set on five acres of land along the Little Miami River and Bike Trail. From your lodgings, explore the trail before returning home to comfortable private rooms, a billiards room and more.
Miranda's Old Time Ice Cream Shop
205 Main Street, Morrow, OH 45152 | 513/899-0063
Stop in Morrow and enjoy Miranda's frozen treats, from banana splits to root beer floats and hand-dipped ice cream. Kids will love the selection of fun sundaes, loaded with cherries, candy, sprinkles and chocolate.
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From the Little Miami Scenic Trail, Lebanon is only 8.2 miles away, by means of the newly completed Countryside Trail. Pass through the "Middletown Junction," cross over Tuttle Creek and cycle through Harmon Park, all before entering downtown Lebanon, chock full of shops, restaurant and diversions - a perfect place to break after the ride.
Hardy's Bed & Breakfast Suites
212 Wright Ave., Lebanon 45036 | 513-932-3266
Experience all the comforts of old-fashioned Victorian living at several Hardy's properties all built at or before the turn of the 20th-century. Enjoy fireplaces, marble showers, covered porches and elegant dining rooms.
Silver High Manor B&B
22 N. High Street, Lebanon, OH 45036 | 513-228-2200
Tastefully decorated rooms at this elegant Lebanon retreat offer rest, relaxation and a romantic escape. Plus, it's only a short walk to shopping and dining in historic downtown Lebanon.
126 S. Cherry St., Lebanon 45036 | 513-228-0070
Located in downtown Lebanon at the Countryside Trail head, the Double Dip parlor serves up pizza, sandwiches, and most importantly, homemade ice cream.
Golden Turtle Chocolate Factory
120 S. Broadway St. #120, Lebanon 45036 | 513-932-1990
The undisputed source for all things chocolate, Golden Turtle features a variety of chocolates, decadent creams, toffees and caramels. The house speciality is the Texas Tortoise, fine Texas pecans swirled in caramel and drenched with light or dark chocolate.
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Great Miami River Recreation Trail is another stunning Warren County bike trail. It offers miles of safe, paved trail with beautiful views of the river and historic markers, shops, restaurants and lodging in several quaint and charming communities including Franklin and Middletown. Even the experienced rider will enjoy all the trail has to offer.
Various locations in Downtown Franklin | 937-746-8457 (for map of the murals)
The city of Franklin calls itself the "City of Murals" and once you see these spectacular creations for yourself, you will understand the city's pride in its art. A beautiful afternoon trip through Franklin"s downtown district quickly turns into a fascinating look back into the city's history. The murals depict everything from a 19th century park scene to the city"s once proud Great Miami Suspension Bridge.
302 Park Avenue, Franklin, OH 45005 | 937-746-8295
Home of World War II Gen. Forrest Harding and Judge Justin Harding of the Nuremburg Trials. Extensive collection of military history, period clothing, antiques, and stunning woodwork. Call for tours.
Log Post Office
River & Fifth Street, Franklin, OH 45005
Commissioned by Thomas Jefferson, the original log structure housed the first post office in the area. Sits along the the bike path with drinking fountain and benches.
Fretware American Guitars
400 S. Main Street, Franklin, OH 45005 | 937-743-1141
Housed in an historic bank building, this renowned retailer of American fretted instruments has provided equipment for some of Nashville's biggest starts. Many pieces are museum-quality which means collectors and musicians will love this shop.
355 S. Main Street, Franklin, OH 45005 | 937-746-9252
A local favorite with pizza, subs, sandwiches, salads and lunch specials.
JD Legends at Strike Zone Lanes
45 Millard Drive, Franklin, OH 45005 | 937-746-4950
Full-service restaurant and bar with outdoor tiki bar. Largest outdoor concert venue/tiki bar in the state.
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