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Fortunately, Ohio is home to several waterfront trails, bike paths and parks that feature beautiful views of waterways and even some fun stops along the way. Here are 10 gorgeous waterfront trails in Ohio that are perfect for a summer day:
1. The Scioto Mile (Columbus)
This beloved riverfront park in Columbus features miles of recreational trails, a cultural arts center, water fountains, local food vendors and complimentary Wi-Fi. Be sure to check it out this summer if you haven't already.
2. Marietta River Trail
This gorgeous 3-mile trail along the Muskingum River passes through Marietta’s quaint downtown and Harmar Railroad Bridge (pictured), which allows pedestrians to cross over the Muskingum River and into the historic Harmar Village.
3. Little Miami Scenic River Bike Trail (South Milford)
This 73-mile long trail stretches across five counties in Ohio, but the Milford area of the trail offers the most scenic views of the river. Along the way, you'll cross a 2,500-foot-long bridge that will carry you across the river toward Loveland.
4. The Ohio River Trail (Cincinnati)
Follow the sidewalks along the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati and you'll stumble across more than just beautiful views of the river. Along the way, you'll come across Smale Riverfront Park, where you'll find exercise pipes, a giant foot piano, water fountains, swings and more.
5. East Sandusky Bay Water Trail
If you'd rather actually be in the water than by the water, bring your own kayak, canoe or rowboat and tour the scenic views, cultural history and recreational opportunities of the Sandusky Bay area from a unique view along this 15-mile eco-tourist water trail.
6. The Great Miami River Recreational Trail (Troy)
With scenic views of the Great Miami River & Miami Shores Golf Course, this beautiful river trail features a total of 32 miles of bikeway in Miami County. (You can finding park for this trail at 901 Dye Mill Rd, Troy, OH 45373.)
7. Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway
This 17-mile route features trails, bike lanes, wide sidewalks and road routes to connect several parks and attractions along Cleveland's north coast, including Edgewater Park, Cleveland Lakefront State Park, beaches and marinas.
8. Towpath Trail (Metroparks Toledo)
Part of the Buckeye Trail System, this 8.3-mile trail follows remains of the Miami and Erie Canal. Bikes are allowed on this trail. The Bend View Overlook to Providence Trailhead section of the trail is especially beautiful.
9. East Cohasset Hike/Bike Trail (Mill Creek Park)
Youngstown's metro park features some beautiful scenery and landmarks. The 1.5-mile asphalt surface East Cohasset Hike/Bike Trail features a scenic route above Lake Cohasset. It's perfect for a leisurely day hike.
10. Zane's Landing Trail (Zanesville)
Also known as the Zanesville Riverfront Bike Path, this trail pass through Riverside Park, downtown Zanesville and Landing Park. It features beautiful views of the Muskingum River.
Have you explored any of these spots before? What are some other great waterfront trails in Ohio?