Beginning March 23, a section of the Little Miami Trail next to the Peters Cartridge Factory (mile marker 35.0 to 35.5) will be closed weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for environmental remediation work. The trail will be open evenings and weekends. No detour will be provided around the site, but signs will be posted several days before planned closures. The trail parking lot at Grandin Rd. will remain open until further notice, and the trail may be accessed heading northeast from the lot.
Trail closings are necessary for cleanup of contaminated soil at the former ammunition manufacturing facility near Kings Mills, an EPA Superfund site. DuPont Corporation, which purchased the Peters Cartridge property from Remington Arms, is legally responsible for the pollution and cleanup, and is working with Parsons engineering to remove contaminated soil, replace it with clean soil, and replant vegetation. Plans for restoring the natural habitat of the area were made closely with the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources and the Wildlife Habitat Council.
Weekday closures will occur through at least the end of April, and remediation work will continue into the fall. As a service to trail users, the Friends of the Little Miami State Park (FLMSP) will post closure updates on our website, www.littlemiamistatepark.org and on our Facebook page.
More information about the environmental aspects of the cleanup is available here on the EPA website.