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.
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.
Thank You - On Sunday evening, August 27, FLMSP President Steve Murphy thanked Loveland's Amazing Race organizers for the $10,000 grant to be used by our organization for trail blower equipment. FLMSP will soon be able to clear the trail efficiently on a routine basis or when a weather emergency disrupts the trail. (Photo by John Ewalt)
Friends of the Little Miami State Park Response to Friday Night’s Storm
Update - July 6th: “…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.