Butler County, Ohio offers visitors a different kind of hiking trail.
A trail that involves donuts…..lots of donuts! Now that’s a trail that everyone can hike!
I’m sharing tips for making the most of your first visit to the Donut Trail in Butler County, Ohio. Located in southwest Ohio, Butler County is only a 45-minute drive from downtown Cincinnati.
1. Have a Plan Ahead of Time
To effectively cross several donut shops off your list, you will need to have a strategy.
There are 13 local donut shops and 80 miles of trail to choose from located throughout the county.
What Are the Ohio Donut Trail Locations?
These are the passport stops on the Butler County Donut Trail
- Central Pastry Shop – 1518 Central Ave., Middletown, OH
- Holtman’s Donuts– 9558 Civic Centre Blvd., West Chester, OH
- Jupiter Coffee & Donuts – 5353 Dixie Hwy.,Fairfield, OH
- Kelly’s Bakery – 1335 Main St., Hamilton, OH
- Martin’s Donuts – 4 W. State St., Trenton, OH
- Milton’s Donuts – 3533 Roosevelt Blvd., Middletown, OH
- Mimi’s Lil Kitchen – 2267 Millville Ave., Hamilton, OH
- Oxford Doughnut Shoppe – (Optional) 120 S. Locust St., Oxford, OH
- Ross Bakery – 1051 Eaton Ave., Hamilton, OH 45013 (or)
Ross Bakery – 4421 Hamilton Cleves Rd., Hamilton, OH
- Stan the Donut Man – 7967 Cincinnati Dayton Rd., West Chester, OH
- The Donut Dude – 7132 Cincinnati Dayton Rd., Liberty Township, OH
- The Donut Hole by Milton’s – 8268 Princeton Glendale Rd., West Chester, OH
- The Donut Spot – 5130 Pleasant Ave., Fairfield, OH
Pull up the Donut Trail on Google Maps here.
2. Start Visting Bakeries on the Donut Trail Early
Several of the bakeries close once they run out of donuts or their operating times can close as early as 10 am.
You need to get an early start to get the most stops in.
You’ll also want to double-check their days of operation before you go.
3. Sample Donuts and Share
If you want to experience several different types of donuts along the trail, I would highly suggest going with a group, ordering a few donuts, and then cutting them into fourths so that you can try a bite instead of the whole donut.
Pack a storage container to keep the donuts fresher, and longer.
You will fill up quickly if you eat a whole donut at each stop and you could risk becoming so full that you can’t truly appreciate each delicious bite.
I like to ask each donut shop what specialty donuts they are known for and make sure that I try some of their more unique varieties along the way.
4. Don’t Forget to Get Your Donut Trail Passport Stamped
Each donut shop has a different word that goes on your passport.
When you complete your passport with a stamp from each donut shop, you can bring it to the Butler County Visitors Center to receive a free Donut Trail T-shirt.
You can download a passport online or request one at one of the Donut Shops.
If you complete your passport during hours that the visitor center isn’t open you can mail your completed passport and they will ship you a t-shirt free of charge.
5. Take Lots of Pictures Along the Way
Don’t forget to document your day with lots of pictures using the #DonutTrail hashtag.
6. Bring Home Extra Donuts That You Liked
If you find a few favorites along the way, make a to-go order to enjoy the following day.
Check out Donut Dude, the newest addition to Donut Trail.
7. You Don’t Have to Do All of the Butler County Donut Trail in One Day
Kudos to you, if you’re super ambitious and want to tackle visiting all of the Donut Trail, stops on the passport in one day.
Another option is to spread out your visits and make the day a reoccurring adventure to look forward to.
2-3 donut shops in one visit are plenty in my opinion. It also gives you an excuse to explore different parts of Butler County and burn off some of your calories while you are in the area.
Additional Things to Do in Butler County
More Information on the Donut Trail
You can find out more at the Bulter Country Donut Trail from their website.