Calling All Paddlers

Did you know that Sidney, Ohio is the trailhead for the Great Miami Riverway, the longest paddle/pedal trail in the United States? This 99-mile water trail connects 19 communities along the Great Miami River beginning in Sidney and ending in Hamilton, Ohio. Designated by the United States Department of Interior as a National Water Trail, this distinction has been given to only 21 other trails in the country.

Now is the perfect time to plan your float. The Sidney to Piqua leg of the water trail is tranquil and scenic. Beautiful old growth oak, hickory, and poplar trees line the riverbank. Waterfowl and other species common to the riverway are prevalent. Small mammals and many varieties of fish are constant companions on your journey. Paddle enthusiasts will love this stretch of the Great Miami River. For a video preview, CLICK HERE.

Before you launch, why not fuel up with a hearty breakfast or tasty lunch in downtown Sidney. Local favorites include The Spot Restaurant and Alcove for breakfast. Lunch options offer the aforementioned plus Murphy’s Craftbar & Kitchen, BK Rootbeer Stand, Lee’s Chinese Cuisine, and Chilly Jilly’s.

For something fresh from the field or orchard, how about a stop at the Great Downtown Sidney Farmers Market? The market is open Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. till Noon where you’ll find the finest home grown, homemade items anywhere. Select market Saturdays feature live entertainment and other surprises you’re sure to enjoy.

For every recreation preference, the possibilities are many in Sidney. Visitors can select from 8 carefully prepared travel itineraries or build their own from a long list of things to see and do. Additional information about the many fine attractions in west-central Ohio can be found on the web site of the Sidney Visitors Bureau at www.VisitSidneyShelby.com.  Sidney Ohio… We’re waiting for you.

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