I have a bike and canoe combination that I have been using to explore rivers in my area that have public access between the river and the bike path. I tow the canoe up the bike path and paddle back down the river.

The Ohio River is 981 miles stretching from Pittsburgh Pa to Cairo In. Before planning on exploring the Ohio I was wondering; are there any bike trails or bike friendly roads of significance paralleling the Ohio River?

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Using Google Maps, with Bicycling as the transportation mode (August 2015). I was able to identify about 111 miles of dedicated bike paths and a few bike friendly roads that fairly closely parallel the Ohio River. Local area paths that have less than about 2 miles and not connecting to bike friendly roads near the river, are ignored in this answer. At this time I have personally only validated the first 3 miles on the Three Rivers Heritage Trail near Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh PA

~ 3 miles; Three Rivers Heritage Trail

~ 8 miles; bike friendly roads on and near Neville island

Toronto OH

~ 6 miles; paths and bike friendly roads

Wellsburg OH to Wheeling OH

~ 20 miles; Yankee trail & Wheeling Heritage Trail

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Moundsville OH

~ 2 miles; Glen Dale to Moundsville Rail-Trail

Proctorville OH

~ 11 miles; Ohio River Scenic Byway, bike friendly roads (with gaps of unclear friendliness)

Cincinnati OH

~ 30 miles; Mostly bike friendly roads, in both Kentucky and Ohio (some well away from the river on the Ohio Side)

Lawrenceburg IN

~5 miles bike friendly parts of the Ohio River Scenic Byway

Louisville KY

~26 miles; Louisville Riverwalk & Louisville Loop, paths with some bike friendly roads

When the Louisville Loop trail ends at Farnsley-Moremen Landing, there are no more bike trail of significance paralleling the Ohio River. There are several bike friendly roads beginning at Brandenburgh KY, and continuing to Cairo IN where the Ohio joins the Mississippi River. These do form a continuous bike friendly (per Google) route roughly following the rivers path. Some of them near the river at cities and towns, but often are 5 or 10 miles from the river. Depending on river access some of these sections may viable for peddle and paddle outings.

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