Buckeye Trail - Loveland

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Trail Description

Thru Hiker Andy Niekamp reaches the
Southern Terminus of the BT.

Supervisor: Darryl Smith

46 Total Miles / 35.5 Off Road Miles (77.2%)
Map Publication Date: March 2012

The Buckeye Trail, from it's southern terminus at the upper overlook in the northeast corner of Eden Park in Cincinnati, to the intersection of US 50 and Wooster Lane in Terrace Park is on urban and suburban streets. This section leads you past some wonderful examples of mansions and churches that were built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. From the intersection of US 50 and Wooster Lane to the end of the Loveland Section the Buckeye Trail follows the Little Miami Scenic State Park, a paved bike path located on abandoned Penn Central railroad right of way along the Little Miami River. Popular on hot summer days, the bike trail follows a rail bed first build in the 1840's as the Little Miami Railroad, named after the nearby river and not the size of the train! As the trail heads north, you pass through Camp Dennison, used as a Civil War camp by the Union Army. North of Loveland, the land gets less urban, though you can often hear the sounds of Kings Island amusement park near Foster. After passing through Morrow, the trail passes under the I-71 bridge and into the Caesar Creek section. The Fort Ancient prehistoric Indian earthworks and museum are adjacent to the trail near SR 350.

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Trail Alerts

  • (8/03/11) CAMPING ALERT Quite the contrary to what you will see in the first paragraph of Point 17 in the 2006 Edition of Loveland Section, Camp Butterworth does not ever permit camping by BT Hikers! Do not contact either the address or phone number given for Camp Butterworth! Above all, do not camp on Camp Butterworth property!
  • (7/18/11) CAMPING ALERT Point 10 - Camping now available in Milford in nearby Jim Terrell Park and Riverside II Park. A permit is required and has a fee. See: http://www.milfordohio.org/announcements/camping-in-the-park.

Map Updates

  • (7/23/07) This alert eliminates Point 9.
6 Erie Ave. at Red Bank Expressway
About 200' after crossing above Red Bank Expressway, BT leaves Erie Ave. and joins Murray Ave. heading E. In 800' at LaCrosse Ave., BT jogs N to join a paved bikeway just N of and parallel to Murray Ave. In 4270' Bikeway ends at Settle Rd. BT jogs S 50'.
7 Settle Rd. at Murray Ave.
BT joins the southern half of "boulevard style" Murray Ave. heading E. The road to the N and parallel to the BT is also named Murray Ave. One lies in Cincinnati and the other in Mariemont. The two roads do not connect. One can only wonder at the jurisdictional dispute that keeps them apart.
BT on Murray Ave. reaches and crosses Plainville Rd. where the trail joins Madisonville Rd. and continues E. In 350', BT on Madisonville Rd. diverges SE away from the northern Murray Ave.
8 Madisonville Rd. at Wooster Pike (US-50)
The Mariemont Inn, an historic country inn, (513-271-2100, Coin Laundry, R, no pets), is located here at 6880 Wooster Pike.
BT joins sidewalk on the S side of Wooster Pike and heads E to Newtown Rd. Due to construction, BT continues E onto narrow path just S of the guard rail. About 150' E of Newtown Rd., BT turns S onto paved drive for 100' to reach a paved bike path, the Little Miami Scenic State Park (LMSSP), formerly the Penn Central RR.
LMSSP is a ribbon-type State Park, the result of the foresight shown by Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources when it acquired 44 miles of the Penn Central RR right-of-way. This rail trail, that now traverses five Park jurisdictions, has grown to over 70 miles between here and Springfield. While the name changes slightly within some jurisdictions, the words "Little Miami Scenic" are always included.
BT follows LMSSP E through Avoca Park (3000') w/ P ($2 Hamilton County parking fee), PT, W, WC and Kroger Hills Preserve (4500'). From Kroger Hills Preserve N, the trail becomes certified North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT). BT and NCT continue NE on LMSSP. In 4700', LMSSP crosses Elm Ave., again in 3400' and then New St. in 2000'. The Terrace Park PO: 45174 is about 1/3 of the way between Elm Ave. and New St. on Terrace Place (SE side of LMSSP). In 900', BT/NCT crosses US-50 on LMSSP.

9 Ignore Pt. 9. Text has been incorporated into Pt. 8.
10 LMSSP Junction (P, Pr) with BT from Milford.

Section Blogs

  • (1/12/14) Loveland Section Blog - Eden Park and Krohn Conservatory - Jennifer Koester
    The southern terminus of the Loveland Section is located in Eden Park, by all accounts the gem of the Cincinnati's park system. The park includes the Art Museum, Playhouse in the Park, two river overlooks, Mirror Lake, Twin Lakes, the often photographed water tower, Presidents’ Grove and Krohn Conservatory.

Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Koester