On canal towpaths, along railroad tracks, under two Interstate Highways and beside a monument commemorating the Wright Brothers' First Flight, the Troy Section of the Buckeye Trail offers hikers a glimpse into the evolution of transportation in Ohio.
It follows in close proximity to the Great Miami River, using the same basic trail that the Shawnee and Miami Indians blazed to their ancient hunting grounds in Kentucky. This trail was later used by immigrants settling the Northwest Territory from Cincinnati and eventually by the Ohio Canal Commission, which began construction of the Miami & Erie Canal in 1826.
From south to north, hikers will walk near the Wright State University Campus while military jets from the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base soar above. Over Wright Brothers Hill and into the entrance of the U.S. Air Force Museum, the trail continues on along the Mad, Great Miami, and Stillwater Rivers on an 8-mile strech of an old and new Bike/Hike Trail. North of Dayton, the trail enters the Taylorsville Reserve Metro Park where an observant hiker can spot the remains of the canal bed.
The trail follows roads and new HIke/Bike trails through Tipp City, Troy, and Piqua. The trail exits the city of Piqua along the Great Miami River Levy. These relocations add about 8 miles of new "off-road" trail to this section. North of Piqua, the trail passes historic Johnston Farm, a restored farm which features a mule-drawn canal boat during the summer. Finally crossing Loramie Creek at the site of an old aqueduct, the Troy Section concludes in Lockington, the site of nine canal locks and generally considered one of the engineering wonders of the 19th century.