Biking is a wonderful way to burn off some excess energy and maintain proper social distancing!
Here’s a roundup of our Favorite Family-Friendly Bike Trails in Cincinnati:
The Loveland Bike Trail is perfect for beginners: you start in Downtown Loveland near a fun playground/picnic area, and can literally make the ride as long as you’d like. We usually ride for 30 minutes in one direction, and then turn around and come back for an easy, hour-long excursion. The trail is flat and shady, but can get busy. Go during a weekday or weekend afternoon to beat the crowds.
Airports make the best places to bike — they’re large, open and (most importantly) flat. This bike trail makes for a fun afternoon, and kids will enjoy watching planes come and go. The loop at Lunken Airport is best for older bikers, as it’s 5 miles long. It would also be a fun ride for parents pulling tots in a trailer — it’s nice and long, so you may even the kids to take a little nap! Recently added is the Beechmont Bridge Connection Project, expanding the trail miles further.
Located in Miami Township just outside of Milford, Miami Meadows Park 200 acres is impressively large with a 1.3 mile paved trail, two ponds, playing fields, a brand new pickleball court, dog park and large playground space. The trail circles the entire park including the large pond where you can practice catch and release fishing.
We’ve walked this riverfront trail and it’s just beautiful. Because you’re downtown, it’s best for older riders with better bike control. Start at Sawyer Point and meander over to Smale — this ride is more about the journey than the destination, as you’ll take some iconic Cincinnati landmarks along the way! Right now, there are some beautiful flowers in bloom thanks to Cincinnati Parks.
This Montgomery Park is a total hidden gem — with a babbling creek, picturesque pond, woods and prairie, it’s a gorgeous natural escape in the suburbs. There’s a half-mile loop around the park that takes you through the various natural areas. It’s a bit hilly and goes through the woods, making it a good option for kids craving a little bit of independence.
This new kid on the (bike) trail is just perfect for kids. There’s a massive runway that’s flat, wide and traffic-free. Ride through the woods and cruise down the path on Plainfield Road, and you can customize a ride that’s as long or short as you want. There’s also a path around the Great Lawn where kids can speed around like race cars at the Indianapolis 500.
This 1.4 mile loop features clear left/right lanes. The trail is slightly hilly, but mainly flat as it winds around a lake. It’s easy to see your kids as they ride around the trail; the only downside is that it can be a little windy at this Butler County MetroPark.