Touring Routes

Explore the Miami Valley and beyond.

The 330 miles of the Nation’s Largest Paved Trail Network is connected to major bicycle arteries that comprise the nearly 12,000 miles of U.S. Bicycle Routes that have been approved in 25 states. Looking to take your cycling adventure to the national level? Go beyond the Miami Valley on one of the routes listed below.

Underground Railroad Bicycle Route (UGRR)

The Underground Railroad Bicycle Route (UGRR) memorializes the Underground Railroad, a network of clandestine routes by which African freedom seekers attempted to escape slavery before and during the Civil War. This page describes the 2,006.5-mile Underground Railroad Bicycle Route from Mobile, Alabama to Owen Sound, Ontario. In addition to the Great Miami Riverway Alternate (GMRA) detailed below you may also be interested in the UGRR Detroit AlternateUGRR Pittsburgh Spur, or the day-trip rides in Ripley, Ohio (PDF).

Great Miami Riverway Alternate of the Underground Railroad Bicycle Route

Developed in 2017, the Great Miami Riverway Alternate (GMRA) gives bicycle tourists who are traveling through the area on the Underground Railroad Bicycle Route (UGRR) a 51.4 mile alternate route to experience over 17 major points of interest along with the parks and communities that are sure to enhance their touring route.

Local riders can use the GMRA to make a 65 mile loop suitable for a day trip or weekend tour. With all but 12 miles on off-street paved trails this route makes a perfect introduction to the joys of bicycle touring and familiarizes new touring riders with Adventure Cycling Association maps.

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Great Miami Riverway Alternate (GMRA)

The Great Miami Riverway Alternate (GMRA) provides travelers with the opportunity to experience the rich history of Warren, Montgomery, and Green Counties by traveling through quaint communities and along the urban riverfront of Dayton, an Outside Magazine Best Town.  You’ll discover hidden nuggets of fascinating facts around every bend.  You’ll travel from Corwin and Waynesville through Springboro on road before transitioning to off-street paved trails for the remainder of the route through Miamisburg, Dayton, and on to Xenia.  Miamisburg is also proud to be the Sister City to Owen Sound, Ontario; the northern terminus of the Underground Railroad Bicycle Route (UGRR).

Adventure Cycling Route Network

The Adventure Cycling Route Network features rural and low-traffic bicycling routes through some of the most scenic and historically significant terrain in North America. Since Adventure Cycling Association mapped their first route in 1976, the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail, the Adventure Cycling Route Network  has blossomed into an awe-inspiring network of 46,846 miles.

Chicago to New York City Bicycle Route (CNYC)

Unveiled in 2017, the newest Adventure Cycling Association Route takes people from Chicago to New York City right through the heart of Dayton and the Miami Valley utilizing the Wolf Creek, Great Miami, Mad River, and Creekside Trails.  Riders could also choose to take advantage of the Great Miami Riverway Alternate to explore more of the Miami Valley.

The Chicago to New York City Bicycle Route (1160.3 miles) includes a main route and the Philadelphia Alternate (1172.9), which stretches from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to New York City.   This route can be combined with Bicycle Route 66 for riders who wish to continue to or start on the west coast.

U.S. Bicycle Route 50

The U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) is a proposed national network of bicycle routes, which will link urban, suburban, and rural areas using a variety of appropriate cycling facilities. In some states, Adventure Cycling routes will be incorporated into U.S. Bicycle Routes, along with other regional and state routes. To get maps of designated U.S. Bicycle Routes, visit our Use a U.S. Bicycle Route page.

USBR 50 was officially designated in Ohio in April 2017 as one more link in an east to west national bicycle route.  See route here.  It travels through the Miami Valley on Creekside, Mad River, and the Great Miami Trails.

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