Miamisburg to Dayton Bike Trip

Stewart Street bridge over the Great Miami River in Dayton, Ohio

Stewart Street bridge over the Great Miami River in Dayton, Ohio

I had a rude awakeinng on my bike trip today. The plan was to take Great Miami River Recreational Trail north from Friend Park (paved bike path) to downtown Dayton past St. Rt 35.  However the Bike Path Closed at Stewart Street for Bridge Construction in Dayton, Ohio.  This was the end of my bike trip north. Headed back south to Friend Park.

Friend Park to Stewart St MapFriend park is so small that it isn’t on any map I could find. It was the place to pickup from my last bike trip which started in Franklin Ohio, just south of the lion bridge.

This was a pretty good workout because the bike trip included several hills and for the most part was very scenic. The bike path is free from debris in very good condition in safe neighborhoods and areas.

Bounded by I-75 to the East and the Great Miami River to the west, this one plus mile of bike path subjects riders to exaust fumes from the highway.

Bounded by I-75 to the East and the Great Miami River to the west, this one plus mile of bike path subjects riders to exaust fumes from the highway.

There was a 1+ mile strip where the bike path is bounded by I-75 to the east and the Great Miami River to the west. The vapor from the cars on the trucks was heavy in the air during that stretch. Even so, it was interesting to ride along the road I ususally take when going to or from the Dayton Airport.

Wright Brothers Seaplane base was on this stretch of the Great Miami River

Wright Brothers Seaplane base was on this stretch of the Great Miami River

Here on the Great Miami River in 1913, Orville Wright made the first successful takeoff and landing from water. Performed the feat in at Wright Model C airplane fitted with the first airplane pontoons.

This area was chosen because of the 90 degree bend in the river. This allows take off and landing into the wind no matter what direction it is blowing.

I have created a Flicker Photo Set (24 photos) here:

Miamisburg to Dayton Bike Path

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2 responses to “Miamisburg to Dayton Bike Trip

  1. Cindy

    Thank you so much for posting this. We could not find Friend Park on the map either, and I googled and this came up. We were able to find the park with your map today – no problem.

    Thanks again!

    Richmond, IN, bikers

  2. Beth

    My son is preparing to earn his Merit Badge in Cycling and has to do two 10 mi trips, two 15 mi trips, two 25 mi trips and a 50 mi trip. We live in Trenton, Oh and have been using the bike path on the Little Miami River for our shorter trips. How far up does it go?
    Thanks!

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