Did you know the bicycle was patented today in 1819? Yep, it's been a family favorite for for almost 200 years! Simple enough for almost any age, yet exhilarating enough to keep people riding well into their adult years. This along with the low cost of cycling and the incredible health benefits makes riding bikes perfect for families. Summer officially began this week, and that means it's time to dust off that old Schwinn in the garage or basement and get outside! Although Cincinnati may not be as bike friendly as some cities, there are still plenty of places in the tri state to get those wheels turning!
1. The most family friendly bike trail in the tri state is Pioneer Park, located at 3951 Madison Pike in Covington. Not only is there a wide paved path for little ones to ride on, Pioneer Park is also a sports haven with baseball and soccer fields and basketball and basketball and tennis courts! Adjacent to the park is Kenton Paw Park so bring the furry members of your family!
2. If you want to see breathtaking views of the Ohio River Valley, head west towards the Aurora Lawrenceburg trail in Indiana's Dearborn County, just across the river. This 3.5 mile paved trail follows a former NYC rail line through forests, over bridges and through the quaint streets of downtown Aurora.
3. Get out and catch some air at the best mountain biking trail at Idlewild Park in Burlington, Kentucky. With it's ever growing and already spectacular 12 miles of trails designed for everything, including biking, hiking, dog walking, and more, this park is definitely worth the 20 minute drive from downtown Cincinnati.
4. When you have the entire day to do as you please, visit the bike trail that has been a favorite for years. The Little Miami Bike Trail, also called The Loveland Trail, is perfect for everyone! Although the entire 80 mile trail system stretches from Milford to Springfield, there are plenty of places to customize it to your family's needs. A few cool things to see along the trail, besides the Little Miami River include remnants of the Little Miami Railroad, the Loveland Firefighters Memorial, and the lovely town of Loveland. Get off your bikes here and take a walk around-- there is a candy shop around the corner and a park to relax for a bit.
5. Finally, if the goal is to get fit while riding bikes with the family, check out Fairfield's largest park. Harbin Park is made up of more than 160 acres of paved and mountain biking trails, walking/ jogging trails, frisbee golf, volleyball courts, soccer fields, and tennis courts.
Other fantastic places to ride in the tri state are Hueston Woods, Caesar’s Creek, Stonelick, East Fork, and Giles Conrad Park. Don't forget your helmet!