The Trail Plan

Leverage our region’s most valuable natural resource, the Ohio River, with the construction of a regional trail network.  Our goal is to complete the 4.75 mile segment from downtown to Lunken connecting our world class riverfront parks to east side neighborhoods and the 333 mile Ohio to Lake Erie trail by 2017.


Completion of the Downtown to Lunken segment will connect to the regional trail network. Eastern trails will head to New Richmond and eventually Maysville. Western trails will head to Sayler Park and eventually Lawrenceburg and Aurora. Northern trails will connect to the Little Miami Scenic Trail, the Wasson Way Trail and the Ohio to Erie Trail that terminates in Cleveland. Southern trails beginning at the Purple People Bridge are being designed throughout Northern Kentucky.

The Great Parks of Hamilton County will extend the Little Miami Scenic Trail from Newtown to Beechmont Levy. A majority of public funds from the local, state and federal level are in place to complete this segment in 2016.


Remove the inactive north track in the Oasis Corridor and build a safe trail for bike commuters and recreational users.  Ohio River Way is partnering with Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) who owns the corridor to use it for a trail and Great Parks to maintain the trail.

We have planned the trail with Hamilton County Transportation Improvement District (HCTID) so the trail can share the corridor with transit.  It is also designed to tie into a larger Cincinnati bike trail initiative.

Ohio River Way (ORW), in coordination and cooperation with the Hamilton and Clermont County Commissioners and Transportation Improvement Districts (CC & HC TID), the City of Cincinnati, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI), the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) – METRO, the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), the Federal Transit Authority (FTA), Cincinnati Parks (CP), and the Great Parks of Hamilton County (GPHC) are collaborating to design the trail.

There is also a core of community leaders and volunteers who commit their time to spread the word, help raise the necessary funds, find solutions and work collaboratively to see this project come to fruition for the benefit of all who will enjoy the connected network of trails.

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The Ohio River Trail Development Committee, chaired by Jan & Wym Portman have raised the required funds to complete the design and engineering of the trail from downtown to lunken. A public-private campaign is underway to raise the funds to build the trail.

A multi-modal transportation corridor connecting our region to Downtown and to the new Riverfront Parks will be a great asset for Greater Cincinnati. It would not only enhance our quality of life but also be another economic development tool for recruiting companies and young professionals to our beautiful river city. Ohio River Way will continue to advocate the vision with your help.

Our engineering study estimates the trail construction cost at $4-5 million. Ohio River Way is taking the lead to raise the required funds so we can build and enjoy the trail by 2017.

With your help we can realize the proven benefits of trail development:

  • Provide walkers, runners and cyclists a quick route to downtown free of crossroads and stop lights
  • Increase development opportunities in the diverse neighborhoods adjacent to the trail
  • Leverage our region’s most valuable natural resource – our beautiful river valleys
  • Create another asset to attract young professionals and tourists to our city
  • Connect to the 333 miles of the Ohio to Erie Trail
  • Integrate with other regional transit systems including SORTA, TANK, Cincy Red Bike, and the Streetcar

Project Summary

The Ohio River Way
Board of Directors

Rick Greiwe, Chair,
Greiwe Development Group

Jeffrey S. Schloemer, Vice Chair,
Attorney, Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Bruce Petrie, Secretary,
Attorney, Graydon, Head & Ritchey LLP

Simon Foster, Treasurer,
Retired partner, Deloitte & Touche

Wym Portman,
Trail Development Campaign Co Chair,
Pon North America

Scott Goodfellow, Strategic Planning,
Procter & Gamble

Don Mills, Trail Coordinator

Chris Compton,

Brewster Rhoads,
Green Umbrella

Neal Schulte,
Schulte & Uhrig CPA, Inc.

Ohio River Trail
Campaign Committee

Wym & Jan Portman, Co Chairs

Neil Bortz

Lee Brewster

Jim Bushman

Bill Butler

Bob Castellini, Jr.

Buzz Dow

John Hayden

Marcia Kaplan

Tom Kilcoyne

Bill Krul

Brad Lindner

Nick Miller

Don Mills

Karl Preissner

Susan Redman Rengstorf

Melody Sawyer Richardson

Beth Schiff

Jim Schwab

Pete Strange

Jack Sutton

John Tew

Betsy Townsend

Thomas Williams