Our Mission


About Tri-State Trails

Our mission is to connect people and places with a regional trail and bikeway network that enhances vibrancy and equity in our community.


Advocate for connecting and expanding the regional trail and bikeway network


Collect and maintain data on trails locally


Provide technical assistance to local governments and community groups


Connect trail planners, managers, advocates and users to share best practices


Promote and celebrate existing trails in the Tri-State

Our Story

Tri-State Trails was organized in 2012 when Green Umbrella convened partners from around Greater Cincinnati to craft a connected vision for our fragmented regional trail network. Those initial discussions revealed how much interest there is to link our communities with trails and bikeways. With support from Interact for Health, we prepared a 9-county Regional Trails Plan in 2014 and hired our first full-time team member in 2015. Since then, Tri-State Trails has grown to become the leading advocacy organization for active transportation issues in Greater Cincinnati.

What’s a trail?

When we say trail, we mean any path that takes us from one point to another. Trails can be paved or unpaved, in a park or along a roadway. If it’s a path you use to travel, exercise or enjoy time outdoors, it’s a trail! Sidewalks, on-road bike lanes and paddling routes are important connections in our trail network, too.

Why are trails important?

Trails are welcoming public spaces to get outside and be active. Here’s how connecting our trails and bikeways to create a transportation network will strengthen the Tri-State region.


expand transportation options


enhance neighborhood connectivity


encourage economic development


improve public health


attract and retain talent


promote environmental sustainability


increase transportation equity