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Riverfront Commons

With plans to span 11.5 miles along the south bank of the Ohio River, this Northern Kentucky trail has completed segments in Covington, Newport, and Dayton.

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Originally envisioned in the early 2010s, Riverfront Commons is beginning to come to life. Dayton, Newport, and Covington have all implemented improvements to their segment of the trail corridor in recent years.

In 2021, the completed Covington Plaza project opened to the public, offering an outdoor entertainment amphitheater with stunning views of the Ohio River. The realigned trail meanders past the Robert Dafford floodwall murals with improved connections from Greenup Street to Madison Avenue. A new section of the trail is under construction at the west end of the Covington floodwall extending closer to Ludlow. Previously a gravel path, the newly paved trail will soon extend to Swain Court, separated from busy traffic along Mary Ingles Highway by a new concrete barrier.

Across the Licking River, Newport celebrated the completion of two elevated bridge connections from the Taylor-Southgate Bridge to Newport on the Levee in 2019.  Improvements to the trail are currently being made near General James Taylor Park as a part of the Ovation development.

In Dayton, the city is constructing three sections of the Riverfront Commons trail. Phase I, named Ahrens’ Way Riverfront Trail, was completed in 2019. Phase II and III will add another mile to the trail along the river parallel to Manhattan Boulevard.

 

Who it’s great for

Commuters, joggers, walkers, urban hikers, nature lovers

What to look for

Robert Dafford floodwall murals, old homes in the Covington Historic Riverside District, John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, Purple People Bridge, iconic views of the Cincinnati skyline

Where to visit

Ahrens’ Way Riverfront Trail, Newport on the Levee, Covington Plaza, General James Taylor Park, George Rogers Clark Park, Bellevue Beach Park, and business districts in Covington, Newport, Bellevue, and Dayton

LENGTH

Currently around 3.8 miles in length, this proposed 11.5-mile multi-use trail aims to link Northern Kentucky’s six river cities – Ludlow, Covington, Newport, Bellevue, Dayton, and Fort Thomas.

Use caution crossing the 4th Street Bridge between Newport and Covington. Walking bikes on the narrow northern side path is recommended.

 

TERRAIN

Paved, urban

 

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Easy-moderate

END POINTS:

Dayton, Kentucky, to Covington Kentucky

   

COUNTIES:

Campbell and Kenton

 

LEARN MORE:

Southbank Partners' Riverfront Commons Storymap

KY 8 Licking River Bridge Plans

Tri-State Trails' vision for connecting NKY

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