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Little Miami State Park
Copyright: - Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Little Miami State Park
Description - The Little Miami Scenic Park is located within the beautiful and historic Little Miami River Valley. The Little Miami is a designated federal and state scenic river. It is protected because of its high water quality, panoramic setting and the many historic sites that can be found along its banks.

A trail meanders with the river through four counties encountering rolling farm country, towering cliffs, steep gorges and forests along the way. This steep gorge offers evidence of the erosional forces of glacial meltwater. Outcroppings of dolomite and shale are now exposed. Mammoth sycamores border the river's edge where great blue herons reside. Because of the relatively cool sheltered climate in the gorge, eastern hemlocks and Canada yew are able to survive here.

Bird watchers delight in the abundance and variety of colorful warblers and other songbirds in the park. The shaded slopes offer a variety of woodland wildflowers for visitors to enjoy. More than 340 species of wildflowers are known in the river's corridor. Virginia bluebells, bellworts, wild ginger and wild columbines are only a few to be seen in the park.

Attractions - Little Miami State Park introduces a new concept to the state park system -- a trail corridor. This non-traditional approach focuses on offering numerous recreational pursuits -- bicycling, hiking, cross-country skiing, rollerblading, backpacking and horseback riding. The corridor also provides access to canoeing the Little Miami River.

Little Miami State Park is approximately 50 miles in length. It averages 66 feet in width and runs through four counties of southwest Ohio (Greene, Warren, Clermont and Hamilton). This abandoned railroad right-of-way, converted for public use, boasts 47 miles of paved trail from Milford to Hedges Road. The remainder of the trail to Springfield is paved and operated by Greene County Parks and Recreation. Contact information below.

Three staging areas (Loveland, Morrow and Corwin) have been located along the developed portion of the park. These include parking lots, restrooms, public phones and trail access points. These facilities are wheelchair accessible.

Two picnic areas with shelters are offered at the staging sites along the route. One area is in Morrow, the other is in Loveland. The shelters are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

From the northernmost canoe access point to the Ohio River, the Little Miami River can provide numerous levels of excitement: an historic journey, an environmental experience, a fishing or recreational trip. The Little Miami River is approximately 105-miles long, of which nearly 86 miles are canoeable.

If you plan to canoe or boat the Little Miami Scenic River, you must exercise caution because the river's immense power is often hidden. All rivers may become dangerous when water is high and flow is rapid from heavy rainfall. Streams such as the Little Miami are always dangerous at lowhead dams and where log jams or submerged trees create powerful forces in the current. Approved, properly fitting life jackets are required. All boats and canoes require a current registration sticker.

Camping is limited along the developed portion of the trail. Several privately operated canoe liveries along the river offer camping for those backpacking or hiking long stretches of the river corridor. Bed-and-Breakfasts and various motels dot the park. For more information contact the Warren County Convention and Visitors Bureau; contact information below.

Smallmouth and rock bass provide excellent catches for anglers. Fishing is permitted from boats and from shore at the canoe access sites. A valid Ohio fishing license is required.

RULES & REGULATIONS:: This is a multipurpose trail, please be courteous to others. Trail users must stop and move off pavement when patrol, maintenance or other emergency vehicles approach. Cyclists must obey all Ohio traffic laws which pertain to bicyclists, including stopping at all posted road crossings, yielding to vehicle traffic and giving an audible signal when passing. Night cyclists must have front light and rear reflectors. No headphones or earphones are permitted while cycling. Protective gear, including helmets, is encouraged. No motorized vehicles are permitted on the trail. Please do not trespass onto adjacent privately owned lands. Pets are permitted on the trail provided they are on a hand-held leash no longer than six feet. State law prohibits alcohol on public land. Fires are not permitted.

All organized activities or events require a special permit. Horse drawn vehicles also require a special permit. Please park bikes in designated areas only, and do not leave unattended. In case of emergency contact the county sheriff or call 911.

Recreation - Little Miami State Park is a linear parcel featuring biking, hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, rollerblading, backpacking, and cross-country skiing.

Climate - This state has four distinct seasons and a brilliant fall foliage display in it southern woods during mid October. Winter lasts from December through February with average temperatures near 25 degrees F. Low temperatures dip to single digits, but do not often drop below zero. Northern regions of the state receive average snowfall amounts of 55 inches, while the central and southern regions of the state receive lesser amounts with averages near 30 inches. This difference is caused by lake-affect moisture patterns.

Spring temperatures begin to warm the landscapes of Ohio by mid March and are in full swing by April. Temperatures range from 40 through 70 degrees F through the spring months. This season often brings the most rainfall, before the drying heat of summer. Summer can be extremely hot and humid in the interior of Ohio. Temperatures reach above 90 degrees F frequently through July and August. Cooler fall temperatures don't reach the region until mid to late September. This is a pleasant time to visit as the air is crisp with low humidity levels. Ohio's annual precipitation usually reaches slightly above 50 inches.

Location - Little Miami State Park is a linear tract located in southwest Ohio immediately east of Cincinnati off State Route 48.

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Contact Information:
Little Miami State Park, c/o Caesar Creek State Park, 8570 East State Route 73 , Waynesville, OH, 73, Phone: 513-897-3055

Additional Information:
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