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November 2013
Friends of the Little Miami State Park is a non-profit group of volunteers dedicated to restoring and maintaining safety on the park's scenic trail. Working under the sanction of the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources, the Friends provide almost all maintenance on the trail. We depend on your support and invite you to join us in serving our community.
In This Issue
Boy Scout on the Trail
by Pete Kurtz

Mile marker 48.0 has to be one of the loveliest spots on the Little Miami Scenic Trail.  Here, the trail makes one of its crossings of the Little Miami River.  It's a verdant area with fields and woods, but it also has a good cross-section of bicyclists, runners, and pedestrians.  Some use the quiet berg of Miamiville as a jumping-off point, and others come from nearby Milford and Loveland.

Recently, where the trail crosses Loveland-Miamiville Road, the trail became even more attractive.  A rest and information center, featuring wooden bike racks, tables and benches, and a large kiosk, are now part of the landscape, courtesy of a 17-year-old aspiring Eagle Scout named Ray Bromen.


Ray is a member of Troop 13 in Forest Park, Ohio.  As one of his projects toward becoming an Eagle Scout, he took on the task of beautifying the Little Miami Scenic Trail.  Although he's had assistance, much of the work has been done by Ray himself, including the design of the bike racks. . .  More photos and story

[ SPECIAL OPS ]:   Bump Grinding

by Don Hahn & Janet Slater


Cyclists and skaters can now enjoy a smoother, safer ride thanks to Don Hahn and his team of bump grinders. No, these volunteers are not gyrating on a dance floor--far from it. In two days they ground down over 70 trail bumps and filled resulting cracks where needed, and they've given over 200 hours of labor so far this year to the project. Starting at Hedges Rd. (mile 3) on Monday, November 11, the FLMSP volunteers got almost to Oregonia by Tuesday.  This is the section of trail where bumps were not ground last year. 


It takes a team of four to efficiently tackle this important project. One person operates the rental scarifier, a machine with rotating metal teeth that scratch into the asphalt trail surface to grind the bumps.  Another runs a blower to move dust away from the scarifier. 


The other two people address the root of the problem--literally. The main cause of bumps on the trail is tree roots. Digging down to and cutting the roots at the edge of the trail is the hardest task of the bump-grinding project, but it's also the most critical since it can prevent more bump formation for at least a few years. Most encroaching tree roots are about pencil thickness, but they can be much larger. So far the record is a six-inch diameter root found and cut this month . . . More story, photos

Bobcats in Southwest Ohio!

  by Kathy Maurer

Bobcat sightings have increased in Ohio, suggesting the population may be increasing. Bobcats are solitary and tend to be very elusive. They eat a wide variety of foods, but rabbits and rodents are their principal food. They are not aggresive. Sightings are generally in the early mornings or evenings. Bobcats have short fur with 5- to 6-inch stubby black-tipped tails and black-tipped ears. Colors vary from gray, yellow, red to brown. They typically weigh anywhere from 15 to 28 pounds and are 29" to 37" long. They are most often confused with ferral cats. While they have not yet been reported along our trail, the fact that their population is increasing is exciting news.


Thanks to OSU Extension Educator Cindy Meyer for this information.

Adopt-a-Trail: Debris Blower      

Clearing debris on the trail is one way FLMSP addresses its number one priority: safety. Fallen leaves can be slippery, especially when wet, and they also may hide other trail hazards. The volunteers who operate our debris blower, purchased with grant money from Loveland's 2012 Amazing Race, have been busy ridding the trail of leaves, twigs, nuts and fruit that accumulate in the fall. Look at the difference in these before-and-after photos.




Blowing frequency depends not only on amount of debris, but also on the weather (wet leaves are stubborn) and on availability of volunteers. The Little Miami State Park is 55 miles long, and the blower must be aimed at each side separately, so it's a 110-mile drive up and back at low speed to clear the entire trail. Often clearing is done a section at a time. If you'd like to know more or to help out, please contact Tony Blizniak at or reply to this e-newsletter.



This beautiful bridge over the river at Miamiville really collects the leaves. Bill Schwinn's Adopt-a-Trail crew ran the blower, but many leaves were caught in the vegetation around the fence. Volunteers cleared these by hand, removing a bottom fence board to push away debris. The board will be replaced when the leaves are all down.



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The Friends 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, routine maintenance, capital improvements, and safety concerns.   
   Monthly FLMSP Meeting
 Please join us!
Sunday, Nov. 24
4:00 p.m.
2551 US 42 South, Spring Valley OH
All are welcome at the open meeting.
We reached our goal of $37,000 in pledges toward the Recreational Trails Program's 4:1 matching grant!
THANK YOU to all who pledged. The $187,000 of grant and donation funds will resolve drainage and erosion problems on the trail, and pay for repaving neediest trail sections, particularly those in the northern half.
We are now finishing up the application process for the grant. Once the grant is awarded, we will contact you!

Where to Go:

Morrow now open year-round


The village of Morrow has just completed winterizing the restroom facilities at Phegley Park to make them available year-round to trail users. Rob Smith, Morrow Administrator, reports the village spent about $5,000 for materials and 60 hours of work by village employees.


Restrooms at Fosters and Corwin remain closed between November and March. The Friends of the Little Miami State Park have again rented port-a-lets for use during these winter months, and they are now in place.


FLMSP hopes to benefit from Morrow's experience in retrofitting a restroom for four-season use as they consider the feasibility of winterizing the Fosters and Corwin facilities.

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Holiday Bazaar Benefits

the Friends

Wednesday, Dec. 11 

5 p.m - 9 p.m.


You're invited to the M/I Homes Holiday Bazaar at Creekside at Riversbend in Maineville! Shop for gifts including jewelry, fragrances, Tupperware, candles, home decor, Disco Toes shoes, and more. The best part is that M/I Homes will donate a percentage of sales to the Friends of the Little Miami State Park! Complimentary refreshments and door prizes complete the fun. Call Karen at 513-266-0986 for more information.

Bruce's Long Arm 

Bruce Cortright bolted handle sections together to produce this 18-foot shovel. Here, he's using it to unclog a culvert a mile south of Fosters that was filled with mud almost to the top of the culvert pipe. He says he can make the shovel even longer if needed.

Food, Fuel, & Friends
You can help support and maintain the Little Miami trail at no cost to you! If you already have a Kroger Plus card, register it here and designate "Friends of the Little Miami State Park" (NPO#82685) as your nonprofit organization. If you don't have a card, get one at the customer service desk of any Kroger store.
You will still earn all your fuel points, and FLMSP will receive a donation from Kroger every time you shop!
Trail Hotline


Call to report downed trees or other non-emergency safety issues