ODNR had announced it would be closed May – October

By Chuck Gibson 

LOVELAND, OH (April 4, 2023) – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources had announced plans the trail was going to close for repair from May to October.

The “Loveland” Bike Trail – Scenic Little Miami River Trail at the bridge by Nisbet Park (File Photo Chuck Gibson)

That was not good news for Loveland, the cycling community, or families who enjoy riding, walking and running on the scenic trail alongside the Scenic Little Miami River. Bad news turned to good with the help of State Representative Jean Schmidt (R-Loveland) who took action to change the planned trail closure. On Monday, Representative Schmidt announced the Little Miami Scenic Trail Bridge in Loveland will remain open through the summer. 

Representative Schmidt called the ODNR director and requested the repairs be moved to the fall. 

A group of cyclists just back from a casual ride on the Scenic Little Miami River Trail in Loveland, OH (File Photo Chuck Gibson)

“I know firsthand the economic importance this trail contributes to the merchants in Loveland.” – State Representative Jean Schmidt 

“During the summer thousands visit the town as they bike, run, or walk the trail,” she said.  “Closing the bridge during the busiest season would hurt their economy”

The “Loveland Bike Trail” will remain open throughout the summer of 2023! 

Jean Schmidt, State Representative, (R- Loveland) (File Photo)

After meeting with members of ODNR it was decided that the repair would be moved to the fall. ODNR, in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), will continue to monitor and inspect the bridge as it prepares for the construction phase of the project.

“I am delighted with ODNR’S decision,”said Schmidt. “I encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the trail.  We are fortunate to have this resource running through our community”.

State Representative Jean Schmidt is currently serving her second term as State Representative for the 62nd Ohio House District, which encompasses the northwestern portion of Clermont County.

For more information, contact the office of Rep. Schmidt at (614) 466-8134 or Rep62@OhioHouse.gov.