Friends of the Little Miami State Park
The Friends is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the stewardship of the Little Miami State Park. You'll find lots of information here about our wonderful trail and the people who are working to make it better. We hope you can visit, soon.
Thank You! We've Met Our Goal!
Oct. 29, 2013
Thanks to our dedicated supporters, we have exceeded our pledge goal for the 4-to-1 Recreational Trails Program matching grant described below! Once we've secured the grant, we will contact those who made pledges with information on how to submit pledged donations. If you didn't get your pledge in, you can still donate to our general fund by using the donation button in the righthand column. Your donation, although not qualifying for the match, will be used efficiently to maintain and improve the Little Miami Scenic Trail.
Your support is vital to maintaining the excellence of our trail both now and for future generations. Thank you again to all who helped us meet our goal.
A Remarkable Opportunity to Improve Our Trail
Oct. 10, 2013
We're excited! Right now we have a remarkable opportunity to make major improvements on the Little Miami Scenic Trail.
The original Loveland to Morrow section of the trail was completed in 1983. Over these past 30 years, the State of Ohio has done nothing to maintain the trail surface--no crack-filling, no seal-coating, no repaving. Imagine if you had a 50-mile long asphalt driveway and for 30 years you did nothing to maintain the surface! All credit for our good fortune (so far) goes to the original railroad engineers who put down the ballast base upon which the trail currently rests.
But, as stewards of the trail, we believe we must be proactive if we're to maintain and preserve this regional asset for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren. Therefore, last year, with a $12,000 grant from Interact for Health, we crack-filled the southern end of the trail from mile marker 53.0 to 44.5. This year we're reapplying to Interact for Health for $25,000 to crack-fill the remaining 41.5 miles of the trail.
And now, we have an exciting announcement. If the Friends of the Little Miami State Park (FLMSP) can get pledges/commitments from its supporters for $37,000 to fulfill the "match" requirement, we can apply for a $150,000 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant! In other words, for every $1 we raise the grant pays us $4!
A pledge/commitment is simply a promise to convert the amount you name to a donation IF, and only if, we're successful in securing the $150,000 grant.
So what do we plan to do with the $187,000 ($37,000 match plus $150,000 grant) if we secure the grant? After extensive review of trail conditions and consultation with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and engineers, we've determined that the following projects will provide the best investment of funds to improve the trail both now and for many years into the future:
- 1. Remediate the flooding at Center Street (mile marker 46.5 to 46.8). This will require surveying and the installation of one or more culverts to get the water moving under the trail instead of over the trail.
- 2. Remediate 5 slumps north of Richland Road (mile marker 3.5 to 5.2). These are areas where the trail has separated leaving a long vertical crack and, in some cases, the two resulting trail surfaces are at different levels.
- 3. Remediate off-trail erosion just north of the Milford trail head (mile marker 50.3).
- 4. Apply remaining funds to adding 1.5" of asphalt and reberming starting just north of the Milford trailhead (mile marker 50.8) and going north until the money runs out. We say "until the money runs out" because we won't know how many miles of repaving/reberming we can do until the bidding process is complete. We've been told it might be as much as $50,000 per mile or more.
We need you!
We hope you will join us in seizing this remarkable opportunity to quadruple your donation to FLMSP through this matching grant. All of your donation--100%--will go toward improving the trail. Can we count on your support?
Thank you for partnering with us to ensure the Little Miami Scenic Trail remains a beautiful, important resource for years to come.
Kings High School Service Day
On September 11 of each year, seniors from Kings High School participate in a National Day of Service by volunteering to do various types of community service. This year two groups of 8 students each, as part of their commitment, volunteered to work on the Little Miami Scenic Trail. One group worked on the Grandin Road to South Lebanon trail segment and the other group worked on the South Lebanon to Stubbs Mill Road trail segment. The student volunteers trimmed brush, picked up litter, and cleared culverts. FLMSP trail adopters Kathy Maurer, Maxine Fischer, and Gary Standafer supervised the student work.
Using shovels and wheelbarrows, the students cleared drains from two culverts that were completely covered by soil and debris, as well as a sizable area around the drains. The culverts will now run fast and clear preventing overflow of water and erosion of the trail. An estimated four tons of soil and debris--not counting the mud on the students' clothes--were removed from the two blocked drains. Thank you, students, for a job very well done! More photos
FLMSP in the Cincinnati Enquirer!
Volunteer group helps maintain Little Miami trail
After three bikers injured themselves in separate incidents in 2008 on wooden bridges on the Little Miami Scenic Trail – one that resulted in temporary paralysis – Simeon Copple decided something needed to be done to make the trail safer.
Copple, of West Chester Township, is the former owner of Corwin Peddler, a business along the trail. He helped form a volunteer group to take care of the trail. In November 2008, he organized the first meeting of Friends of the Little Miami State Park, which drew 60 people. . . Read More
Ohio to Erie Trail is cover story
The Little Miami Scenic Trail is part of the Ohio to Erie trail, moving closer to completion. It's the cover story in the Fall 2013 edition of Rails to Trails Magazine, and you can read it all by following the link below.
“The Ohio to Erie Trail travels 300 miles from the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati to the rolling hills of rural Amish country and on to the sandy shores of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland. When the trail is finally complete— more than 70 percent of it is open for use—it will be the longest paved off-road trail in the country. Along the way, it showcases the best of Ohio. . . .”
See the full article and photos here.
Friends' Top 10 of 2012
Minuteman Response: The violent derecho windstorm on Friday, June 29 downed 40 trees on our 50-mile trail. By Sunday night, our Adopt-a-Trail adopters and volunteers had cut up all 40 trees to make the trail passable. Jim Henahan, Ohio State Parks manager, noted "this was the largest turnout of friends/volunteers to an emergency situation in Ohio State Parks history. The friends/volunteers on the Little Miami led the way in responding quickly and efficiently thanks to your group's strong organization and selfless members.”
Purchase of a pull-behind debris blower: This high-capacity blower, selected and bought by Tony Blizniak with grant funds from Loveland’s Amazing Race, removes leaves, twigs, and walnuts to extend the safe use of the trail into the fall and winter months.
A smoother ride: Don Hahn and his team ground down bumps from encroaching tree roots moving from Oregonia to the southern end of the trail. Jay Hanson’s team cut offending roots at the trail edge to keep the ride smooth.
Good riddance: Super-invasive honeysuckle met its match when the Friends hired a professional to spray the plants with herbicide. Now that it’s spring, the effectiveness is visible on all 33 trailside miles treated so far. Controlling non-native honeysuckle allows the return of Ohio underbrush in all its variety and promotes trail safety by improving visibility at intersections. Read More
Capturing Beauty Along the Trail
Many of us who love the Little Miami State Park enjoy its unmatched long-distance riding experience but don’t appreciate its natural beauty. Maybe it’s time to slow down and take advice from local photographer Seth Johnson. He blogs about the beauty he sees in his everyday world, with an emphasis on sights along the trail. You can find him at http://sethsnap.com/. Seth has dedicated a gallery to trail photos at http://sethsnap.photoshelter.com/gallery/The-Trail/G0000g1tKy6giEoY .
Seth wants his work to show that “by stopping and paying attention to my surroundings, I discover amazing things.” He devotes a great deal of time to landscape, nature and wildlife photography because he lives in a rural area. He is also enjoys city and street scenes and taking photos of people. His love of photography came from his mom, who also loved snapping moments.
Although Seth is currently inspired by the beauty of the southwestern Ohio, his background is wide-ranging. Born and raised in the Deep South, he holds a B.A. in History and French from the University of Mississippi and a J.D. from The University of Dayton. He lived in New York City for a couple of years and has resided in the Cincinnati area since 1999. Currently working in legal research, he teaches classes at a local university.
Besides enjoying the beauty of the trail, Seth is also stepping forward to become an FLMSP volunteer. Like all volunteers, Seth has many options to consider, from helping with publicity to becoming an Adopt-a-Trail worker.
Before you take your next ride, visit http://sethsnap.com/ to help open your eyes to the amazing sights along the trail.
Bike Trail Impacts Property Values
By Jay Warren, WCPO.com
MIAMIVILLE, Ohio - Researchers at the University of Cincinnati say the closer you live to a Little Miami Bike Trail head the more your home is worth. "Multi-purpose trails have a significant influence on the price of houses when they lie within close proximity to the trail," assert Professors Olivier Parent and Rainer vom Hofe. Read more.
FLMSP recognized for rapid storm response
“…largest turnout of friends/volunteers to an emergency situation in Ohio State Parks history.” More.
CINCINNATI — July 2, 2012 — Early on Saturday morning, June 30, after a violent storm, the Segment Adopters of the Friends of the Little Miami State Park (FLMSP) mobilized to deal with the emergency. The damage was significant. On Friday night after the storm, eight Ohio State parks were without power and Shannon Hoffer of Ohio State Parks estimated that the Little Miami State Park had at least one tree down every mile. More.
Adopt-a-Trail program to maintain complete length of the Little Miami State Park
by Randy Durrum. If you are one of the many bikers, hikers or runners who enjoy the nearly 50 mile-long Little Miami State Park, you may notice a cleaner and safer environment this year. A non–profit organization, Friends of the Little Miami State Park (FLMSP), has enlisted volunteers in its Adopt-a-Trail program to maintain and to be a watchdog for the entire length of the trail. More here at Cincinnati.com
The Wasson Project: The east side gears up to join the rails-to-trails revolution.
There’s a stretch of old railroad tracks running through the bustling, lively area of Hyde Park just off the Smith-Edwards Road exit. Read more.
Don Burrell knows first-hand the challenges of riding a bicycle in Cincinnati
by Paul McKibben
On days when weather permits, he rides his bike from his home in Delhi Township to his downtown Cincinnati office. He must share the street with cars and trucks through Covedale and Price Hill and down steep Warsaw Avenue. Read more.
In Search of the Fountain of Youth Along Ohio's Little Miami Scenic Trail
by Abbey Roy
It started out as a Father's Day excursion. My brother Ben, The Amateur Jetsetter, was leaving on Father's Day morning for Morocco, with a layover in Paris for a few obligatory shots of the Eiffel Tower. The least I could do as the only remaining (nee) Stirgwolt sibling in the country was to offer some sort of consolation prize for the man who has put up with our shenanigans for the last quarter century, give or take. Read more.