Rules & Etiquette

Park Rules

From Avoca Park in Cincinnati to Hedges Rd. north of Spring Valley, the Little Miami Scenic Trail is an state park. Please observe general Ohio State Park rules and special rules that apply to the Little Miami State Park, available on the ODNR Division of State Parks & Watercraft website.

Park Use Permit

Any group holding a special event that uses the trail must apply for a permit at least 30 days ahead of the event. Permit application

Safety & Etiquette

The Little Miami Scenic Trail is a shared, multi-use public space. Safety and courtesy make for a positive trail experience for everyone. So, please respect your fellow trail users.

cyclist stopped120• There are locations where the trail crosses streets with motor traffic.These intersections are usually marked with stop signs for trail traffic, but the crossing motor traffic does not have to stop. Stop, look and listen before proceeding across the road!
• Pass slower trail users on the left. Warn them by calling out “Passing on your left!”
• Pets on the trail must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet and under control at all times. Please remove pet wastes.

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• Keep an eye on children on the path. Be mindful that kids (on foot or bike) sometimes veer into the path of oncoming traffic, especially cyclists who may not be able to slow down in time.
• If your child is cycling, be sure they are skilled enough to control the bike and maneuver to share the trail and safely pass others.
• Teach children that they must share the trail.

• Walk on the right side of the trail; pass slower walkers on the left.dogwalker117
• At busy areas on the trail, avoid walking three abreast. Two people walking side by side fills up a lot of trail. When faster traffic comes up from behind switch from walking abreast to in-line to give them room to go by you safely.
• Pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet and under control at all times. Please remove pet waste.

• When approaching slower traffic move to the left side of the trail (pass on left only) and announce “On Your Left” to give them time to clear the way.

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• Pass slower traffic on left only. Say loudly “On Your Left,” giving them time to clear the way.
• Watch for cracks, bumps, wet areas and debris that may make the trail dangerous.

• Bikes are the fastest traffic on the trail. Very fast riding is inappropriate for the trail and should be done on public roadways.
• Warn slower moving traffic that you are passing. Sound your bell or call out “On Your Left!” before you reach other traffic. Bikes move quickly and may startle other trail users, so give cyclist159adequate advance warning that you are passing.
• Ride single file when approaching oncoming trail users.
Headphones or earphones are not permitted while cycling.

For a complete listing of safety rules and regulations, please see the Ohio Department of Transportation's
Cycling Smarter Guide.

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