The Butler County Donut Trail Is the Most Delicious Trip You’ll Ever Take

Visit a baker’s dozen of the area’s best bakeries on this delicious adventure.
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Photograph by Sarah McCosham

National Doughnut Day happens just once a year on June 3 (the horror!), but here in Cincinnati, it’s Doughnut Day every day.

I’m talking, of course, about the Butler County Donut Trail. Comprised of a baker’s dozen of the area’s most beloved bakeries, the Butler County Donut Trail is the tastiest trip you’ll ever take…and one you’ll have no trouble convincing your kids to join.

Your mission (should you choose to accept): Visit each of the 13 shops on the trail, enjoy all.the.delicious.doughnuts and get your passport stamped. That’s it! You can review the map and collect your passport at the Butler County Visitor’s Bureau (8756 Union Centre Blvd., West Chester, OH 45069) or any participating Donut Trail shop. You can also download the passport at home.

You’ll want to start early and be sure to check each shop’s website or Facebook page for current days and hours of operation. Bakers are early birds, after all, but that shouldn’t be a problem because parents are, too. (Don’t worry—these bake shops all have great coffee!)

Photograph by Sarah McCosham

Once the epic feat has been conquered, return your stamped passport to the Butler County Visitors Bureau to be awarded some super swag, including an official Donut Trail T-shirt. Need help planning your expedition? Butler County has its very own Donut Concierge on staff for this exact purpose. Call (513) 860-0917, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Photograph by Sarah McCosham

Of course, as with most adventures, the Donut Trail really is all about the journey…and truly, there are some darn delicious highlights on this journey. My kids would happily live on the vegan Oreo cake donuts from Holtman’s, and the “Uglies” from Central Pastry Shop are anything but. And if you’re looking for the ultimate doughnut to dip into your coffee, the “Davy Crockett” from Stan the Donut Man is as legendary as the icon himself.

Go ahead—make doughnut-related jokes about Cincinnati being Porkopolis all you want. We’re a bunch of proud gourmands here in the Queen City, where, guess what? Even pigs can fly! It’s all about balance. And that’s a lesson I’m happy to impart on my kids…one doughnut at a time.

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