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In This Issue
Windstorm Cleanup

Early on the morning of June 17, high winds downed many trees and limbs on the trail, especially north near Corwin. But with the combined resources of the Friends and the Department of Natural Resources, cleanup was so fast that FLMSP didn't get even one hotline call for trees down.
 
Friends volunteer Dirk Morgan cleared 6 downed trees and countless branches between Ft. Ancient and South Lebanon. Volunteers also were on the trail in areas that received less damage.
 
FLMSP President Ron Gorley reports that there were at least 8 DNR employees tackling trail debris as well as the many Friends volunteers. In addition, workers from South Lebanon Township cleared trees on the trail in their area.
 
"It was truly a successful day where everyone worked for a common purpose," said Ron.


Share the Trail
Photo by Mike Egan

Our multi-use scenic trail is meant to be enjoyed by all ages and sizes. Let's make it safe for everyone by keeping cycling speeds under the 20 m.p.h. speed limit and using special caution around other trail users. 

"Monkey Bar" Gets Makeover

by Janet Slater

The Train Stop Inn at Fosters, long known as the "Monkey Bar" because of the chimpanzee kept there years ago, has a new owner who is remodeling the Inn's reputation as well as its appearance.
 
"It's a diamond in the rough," says Mark Altemeier, who has had his eye on the place for 10 years.  He and his wife want this to be a family-friendly, trail-friendly establishment that serves healthy food for lunch and dinner. Behind the Inn, next to the river, is a two-level patio with over 6,000 square feet of space for cyclists and walkers to enjoy a salad or chicken wrap while admiring the view. Mark would even like to make access from the river easier for kayakers and canoeists.
 
Renovations are in full swing this summer, and the kitchen is currently closed, but Mark hopes to start serving lunch this fall and plans on a Grand Opening next spring. We think trail people will love the change at The Train Stop as well as the food and drinks.

Buckeye Trail Hikers

Chuck and Beth Hewett have logged 1400 miles on the Buckeye Trail since they set off on April 22 from Headlands Beach on Lake Erie.  Don Hahn talked with them on June 9 as they passed through the Foster trailhead.  They had slept the previous night at the VFW campground in Loveland.  Their hometown is Salem, Ohio which is between Canton and Youngstown.  
 
The Buckeye Trail is primarily a footpath, but certain portions are designated for use by horse riders and non-motorized users. Chuck and Beth told Don they planned to hike until mid-July, but they picked up the pace on the western and northern stretches and completed the loop trail on July 6, arriving back at Headlands Beach after a 76-day journey.
 
"There are so many aspects to a long journey," reports Beth. "People met, landscape changes, history, plants and animals." She is writing a book based on her journal entries, as well as recording their observations in a data book for the Buckeye Trail Association, founded in 1959.
 
Below is map of the Buckeye Trail and its side loops.  Go to buckeyetrail.org for more information.


Friends of the Little Miami State Park is a nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation and enhancement of the Little Miami State Park. We assist the Ohio Department of Natural Resources with development planning, capital improvements, and safety concerns, as well as providing most of the maintenance of the park. 
 
Trail Hotline
513-212-6958

Call or text to report trees or large limbs down on the trail, or other non-emergency safety issues. A photo with location is most helpful.


FLMSP Monthly Meeting
Our next meeting is at 7:00 p.m. this Wednesday, July 13, at Loveland City Hall, 120 W. Loveland Ave. 
All are welcome to attend. Attendees are invited to present comments, questions or concerns at the beginning of the meeting.

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Trail Closings & Alerts

Northern Trail Section
Professional asphalt crack-sealing continues on the trail July 11-15, weather permitting, between the Warren-Greene County line (about trail mile 9) and Morrow (mile 28). For the safety of the workers and trail users the trail will be closed between road crossings above and below the active work area. As the work proceeds the section of the trail closed will also be moved. The work will be done only on week days between 7 am and 6 pm. Check the FLMSP website for daily updates.
 
For events that may affect trail traffic, see below.
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Events on Our Trail
 Greene Trails Cycling Classic 
Jul 15 - 17, 2016
This Century ride will use the Little Miami Trail Saturday, July 16, entering at Spring Valley, continuing south and turning around on the bridge at Miamiville.
More information

Pan Ohio Hope Ride 
Jul 21 - 24, 2016
This ride starts in Cincinnati and will use our trial on Thursday, July 21.
More information


What's This?
In response to last month's photo of the trail relic Paul Morgan called a "J Hook," 6 readers correctly identified this as a Rail Anchor.

Rail anchors were used to provide lateral support for the metal rails, preventing creeping on the wood planks. Often they were used on curved sections of track. Thanks to Ed Strauss, Steve Hobart, Pete Carey, Wombatmike, Greg Walker and Steve Kottmyer for the helpful information!




Help us improve our kiosks! We need volunteers to collect information on local trail-friendly businesses in the Loveland and Milford areas. Good places to eat, rent a bike, shop--information helpful to trail users passing through the area.
To volunteer or learn more, please  contact us at  trailmail@flmsp.org


The Power of ONE
Tom Spaeth (above), a long-time runner and still working, found the time to give back and spent a few hours cleaning up our trail berms.
Rick Casey (below), an avid cyclist, is employed full time but pitched in to help take care of his trail segment south of Morrow.
Are you a busy person like Tom or Rick? If you can spare at least 1 hour a year, you can help maintain the trail you enjoy. Contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@flmsp.org.

   


   



In the News

photo: Greene County Parks & Trails
Rails to Trails says the Little Miami Scenic Trail is one of the "game-changing rail-trails that have had an impact, as destinations, recreation magnets, economic drivers or transportation connectors, in the U.S."