The Great Miami Riverway

The Great Miami Riverway is more than just a river. This regional destination in southwest Ohio includes more than 99 miles of paved trails and connected communities where you can surf the river, cycle the bike trail, and find your way through charming downtowns.

- The Great Miami Riverway is home to 11 nationally recognized experiences.

- We think you should build your business here, but you should come visit us first.

- Treat yourself to a top 10 steakhouse, or a top 10 bourbon bar to seal the deal.

- The Great Miami Riverway is the only National Water Trail in Ohio. We are home to the nation’s largest paved trail network.

Find Your Way.

Promoting growth

The Great Miami Riverway is building a strong, vibrant network of communities, connected by 99 miles of river, by increasing economic and community investment to attract more visitors, customers, jobs, and talented workers to southwest Ohio.

The goal of the Great Miami Riverway Placemaking Initiative is to develop and implement ongoing marketing, planning, and programming to:

  • Increase use of recreational, historical, and cultural assets,
  • Attract more visitors,
  • Support economic development,
  • Strengthen river corridor neighborhoods

Over $500 million in riverfront investments have been completed over the last 10 years in communities along the Great Miami Riverway. Our partners have invested $1 million into the Riverway and we continue to grow. Tapping into a $43 billion tourism market in Ohio, we see a bright future and a positive today. We encourage you to explore, invest, create, and find your way in the Great Miami Riverway.

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Starting at the University of Dayton with community leaders in 2008, a River Summit was convened. Commissioners, mayors, and leaders formed a volunteer group to start conversations surrounding the Great Miami’s riverfront communities. In 2014, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was commissioned to complete the largest river asset inventory they had ever taken on. The key result: creating a unified message to promote the wide variety and enormous wealth of assets found in our 99 mile corridor. In 2017, 19 riverfront communities and organizations formed the Great Miami Riverway Coalition to implement the goals so clearly defined from the past ten years.