Little Miami River – Originating near Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve to the Ohio River, this National Scenic River offers a trip into one of Ohio’s most beautiful and historic areas. As the river twists and bends, visitors will discover many natural wonders such as steep rocky cliffs, towering sycamores and elegant great blue herons on the wing.
Scenic River Canoe Excursions – Scenicrivercanoe.com, 4595 Round Bottom Road, Cincinnati, (513) 576-9000
Loveland Canoe and Kayak – lovelandcanoe.com, 174 Karl Brown Way, Loveland, (513) 683-4611
Valley View – Includes 190 acres and examples of every ecosystem in southwest Ohio: Steep wooded hillsides, wetlands, prairie and streamside forests. The property is nestled in the City of Milford with over 5 miles of mowed trails, a mile along the East Fork River, a variety of tree species, native grasses, wildflowers, a wide variety of animals and more than 70 species of birds. 790 Garfield Avenue, (513) 218-1098, valleyviewcampus.org
Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods – Award-winning trails wind through the region’s natural habitats of Eastern deciduous forest, fields, streams, and ponds. Spans over 1000 acres (including 65 acres of old growth forest) and offers more than 16 miles of hiking trails. Cincynature.org, 4949 Tealtown Rd, Milford.
Loveland Bike Trail and Little Miami Scenic State Park – Affectionately called the Loveland Bike Trail, it is the Little Miami State Park and it is 70 miles long with connections to well over 100 miles. The trail runs along the old Pennsylvania Railroad (1870-1962). Free parking, picnic tables, restrooms, easy access, coffee, ice cream shops, restaurants, and entertainment have made Milford an excellent staging point.
Bishop’s Bicycles – 313 Main Street, Milford (513) 831-2521. Bishops is within walking distance of Old Milford Inn and rents bicycles on a first come, first serve basis, however, you may call ahead to reserve a bike. Bike rentals include flat pedals and a helmet.
Historic Promont House Museum– Promont House is a beautiful, 3 story Victorian Italianate mansion build between 1865-67. When it was built, Promont was a technological marvel featuring gas lighting, central heat from a coal-fired furnace, call bells, and a gravity flow running water system. It has been restored to its appearance in 1879-1906 in honor of its most famous resident, John M. Pattison, Ohio’s 43rd governor. Promont House Museum is on the National Register of Historic Places. 906 Main Street (513) 248-0324, MilfordHistory.net.
Old Milford Restaurants (all within walking distance)
20 Brix – Restaurant and wine bar. A mix of new American cuisine and traditional southern cooking, with a sprinkle of classic French. Reservations recommended. 101 Main Street, 20brix.com, (513) 831-2749
Padrinos – An affordable family pizzeria. Serving the city’s best pizzas, classic kinds of pasta and Italian hoagies. Walk-ins welcome, good for groups, good for kids, take out, and outdoor seating. 111 Main Street, padrinoitalian.com.
Little Miami Brewing Company – Over 30 beers on tap and a brick oven kitchen. 208 Mill Street, littlemiamibrewing.com. Walk-ins welcome, good for groups, outdoor seating.
Chez Renee French Bistro – Family French cooking in a casual French bistro style. 233 Main Street, Chezreneefrenchbistrot.com, (513) 248-0454. Reservations suggested.
May Café – Breakfast and lunch, open 9am-3pm. 5 Main Street, maycafemilford.com.
Chappy’s Bar and Grill – Bar games, fast service, great cocktails. Opens at 4 pm. 227 Main Street.
Main Cup – Serves locally roasted coffee as well as small batches of freshly made pastries, cookies, and soups. 126 Main Street, themaincupmilford.com