Do you know about the Dayton Donut Trail?
When my dad told me that he was riding it last weekend I knew I had to get all the details to share them with you. Our family friend, Brent Devitt, runs Dayton Cycles (a site that puts together themed rides through Dayton) and the Dayton Donut Trail is one of the first featured routes.
Brent and my dad rode it together this weekend and loved it (I mean, who wouldn’t?) and now that it’s been thoroughly tested and approved it’s time to share it with the world.
So, without further ado, here’s everything you need to know to ride the Dayton Donut Trail!
Dayton Donut Trail Stats
Distance: 16.1 miles
Time: 5 – 6 hours
Starting Point: 2nd Street Market (Webster Market)
Donut Shops Visited: 7
Where to Start the Dayton Donut Trail
The Dayton Donut Trail is a loop, so you can start at any of the shops on the route that’s most convenient for you. However, Brent recommends the 2nd Street Market as the start and end point for a few reasons. First, there’s parking and bathrooms, and second, there’s a bike share station as well. So, if you don’t have a bike or don’t want to lug yours through the city, don’t fear: you can still ride the Dayton Donut Trail.
The Dayton Donut Trail Route
Ready to hit the road? The Dayton Donut Trail will take you to the seven bakeries listed below. You can see the full route already planned out, get specific directions, and even upload it into your GPS at the Dayton Donut Cycle Ride with GPS page. Just keep in mind you’ll need the Ride with GPS free app to access it.
After you have it downloaded, you’ll be ready to go. Here’s a brief overview of the route and what you can expect on the Dayton Donut Trail…
Start: 2nd Street Market 0 mile mark
Stop 1: Evans Bakery 1.3 mile mark
Evans Bakery was opened in 1969 and ran until 2004, when the Evans family sold it. In 2011 their daughter quit her job as a civil engineer, returned to Dayton to reopen the family business, and Evans Bakery has been going strong ever since. The shop has a selection of bite sized treats for 25 to 40 cents each, and they even got first place for “Best Cinnamon Glazed Twist” during the Dayton Municipal Court Donut Day Celebration in 2016.
Stop 2: American Classic Donuts 7.5 mile mark
In 2018 this shop won the “Best Blueberry Donut in the Miami Valley” award during the Dayton Municipal Court Donut Day Celebration. Also, American Classic Donuts supplies donuts to nearby schools like St. Helen’s so it may just taste like your childhood as well.
Stop 3: Dunkin’ Donuts 7.6 mile mark
Always good to calibrate your palette with a chain donut tasting. For research of course.
Stop 4: Tim Horton’s 10.4 mile mark
Maybe try two chains, just to be sure.
Stop 5: Stan the Donut Man 10.7 mile mark
This donut shop has a classic old-school vibe, which isn’t surprising. Stan the Donut Man been open and operating in Dayton for 45 years.
Stop 6: Ashley’s Pastry Shop 12.6 mile mark
Ashley’s Pastry Shop is located in Oakwood and has been open since 1982. They have plenty of donuts on the menu and an array of other desserts like pastries, cookies, coffee cake, fresh baked breads and more to tempt your sweet tooth.
Stop 7: Duck Donuts 14.3 mile mark
Duck Donuts is one of the newest donut shops in Dayton, and also one of my favorites. Build your own donut with an array of topping choices, and then watch it get made fresh right in front of you. Is there anything in this world more heavenly than a hot donut? Plus, it’s co-owned by former UD Flyer and NBA player Chris Wright which is pretty cool as well.
Bonus Stop: Twist Cupcakery
If you haven’t had enough sugar yet, you can also stop for an artisanal cupcake on the Dayton Donut Trail. Twist Cupcakery is on the route from Duck Donuts to the finish and is located .6 miles before you reach the 2nd Street Market.
Finish: 2nd Street Market 16.1 mile mark
Dayton Donut Trail FAQ
Why isn’t Bill’s Donuts included on the Dayton Donut Trail?
Despite being a classic Dayton staple, Bill’s Donuts is not on the list because the location is so far out of the way. It’s possible to extend your route to add it to your Dayton Donut Trail, but it will require an extra 13 miles of cycling.
Is the Dayton Donut Trail on roads or bike trails?
Most of it takes place on roads. However, they’re often in quiet neighborhoods and some have bike lanes as well.
Does this count as exersice?
Sure, but you will probably gain weight instead of losing it.
Try The Dayton Donut Trail
The Dayton Donut Trail is perfect for a weekend ride through the Gem City. Hop on your bike and pound out 16 miles, and you’ll be rewarded with 7 donuts for your efforts.
Try some of the best donuts that Dayton has to offer, support local business, and see a little more of our wonderful city as you go!
PS if that’s not enough exercise for you, you may also like the DIY Dayton Brewery Walking Tour to visit 6 of the 7 breweries in downtown Dayton!