Southwest Ohio & Cincinnati Hiking

This region is located in the southwest corner of Ohio south of Highway 36 and west of Highway 23 including the Cincinnati and Dayton areas.

 
... Preview: Caldwell Preserve is a protected natural portion of Caldwell Park. The preserve is centered on three tributaries of Mill Creek and steep ridges that divide them. Primitive singletrack footpaths ramble ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Easy Day Hikes: Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH - Hiking - 2.2 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: This 110-acre nature preserve contains not one but two designated National Recreation Trails that you can hike. The California Junction Trail traces an old railroad bed, while the Trillium Valley Trai ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Easy Day Hikes: Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH - Hiking - 2.8 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: This 5-mile circuit explores rolling terrain, much of it along the south shore of East Fork Lake at East Fork State Park. Using a combination of the park’s Backpack Trail and the Newman Trail, hikers ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Easy Day Hikes: Cincinnati
Williamsburg, OH - Hiking - 5 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: This woodsy ramble meanders through hills above East Fork Lake at East Fork Lake State Park. The narrow footpath crosses a rocky stream cutting a deep hollow, which you ascend. Pass a big white oak tr ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Easy Day Hikes: Cincinnati
Williamsburg, OH - Hiking - 1.4 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: Take a walk along the banks of the big Ohio River at this nicely redone Hamilton County Park. First, you will roam level riverside woodlands through a natural area on the Sycamore Trail. That loop wil ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Easy Day Hikes: Cincinnati
Cleves, OH - Hiking - 2.3 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: Many Cincinnati hikers believe the stream flowing through French Park to be the most scenic in the city. They cite its numerous cascades, its frozen winter beauty, and the wildflowers that spring fort ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Easy Day Hikes: Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH - Hiking - 3.3 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: This destination will undoubtedly surprise first-time hikers. Beyond the attractive landscaped gardens, you will enjoy an overlook before looping into the West Fork Mill Creek watershed. The hike will ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Easy Day Hikes: Cincinnati
Fairfield, OH - Hiking - 2.7 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: Sharon Woods is a classic greater Cincinnati park destination. The 730-acre park has a centerpiece 35-acre lake, paddling, fishing, picnicking, and of course trails. This includes the special Gorge Tr ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Easy Day Hikes: Cincinnati
Mason, OH - Hiking - 3.9 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: This double loop hike travels two trails emanating from the same trailhead. Shawnee Lookout Park is the site of this trek, where superlatively maintained paths lead you first to bluffs rising 200 feet ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Easy Day Hikes: Cincinnati
Cleves, OH - Hiking - 3.2 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: Make three loops on three different trails starting from the same trailhead at this 4,300-acre county forest that includes not only hiking trails but also camping, fishing, boating, and more. Your hik ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Easy Day Hikes: Cincinnati
Harrison, OH - Hiking - 3.8 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: This easy hike explores bottomlands adjacent to Stonelick Lake, at Stonelick State Park. The loop leaves from the park campground traveling through sometimes-wet flatwoods before opening to the upper ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Easy Day Hikes: Cincinnati
Newtonsville, OH - Hiking - 1.8 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: This Butler County park offers you a chance to hike along the historic Miami-Erie Canal, which once connected the Ohio River to Lake Erie, and also to see some waterfalls. The 400-acre preserve offers ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Easy Day Hikes: Cincinnati
Hamilton, OH - Hiking - 1.9 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: This hike explores extensive Paleo-Indian earthworks located high on a ridge dividing the Great Miami River and Ohio River. Controversy swirls as to the purpose of the earthworks, whether they are mil ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Easy Day Hikes: Cincinnati
Cleves, OH - Hiking - 1.4 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: This hike explores the south side of Cincinnati’s historic Mount Airy Forest. Depart the historic Oval Shelter and descend a steep hollow centered by a rocky drainage. You will drop over 300 feet. You ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Easy Day Hikes: Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH - Hiking - 2.8 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: This is a scenic and underused hike at a well-groomed Clermont County park. Cruise along the banks of East Fork Little Miami River, passing rock rapids between quiet pools in a wildflower-rich vale. E ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Easy Day Hikes: Cincinnati
Batavia, OH - Hiking - 2.3 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: Big Winton Woods Park, which offers nearly every outdoor recreation activity under the sun, is the setting for this hike combining two nearby nature trails. You will first hike the Kingfisher Trail. I ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Easy Day Hikes: Cincinnati
Fairfield, OH - Hiking - 1.7 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: Travel an interconnected series of paths through a mix of environments, from hilly flower-filled woods to steep hollows shaded by big trees to level green fields left over from agricultural days to 20 ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Easy Day Hikes: Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH - Hiking - 2.3 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: This hike takes place at the main parcel of Miami University Natural Areas. Take a trek along scenic Harkers Run, traveling beneath verdant woodland. The hike then breaks off for the hills, exploring ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Hikes Near Cincinnati
Oxford, OH - Hiking - 6.1 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: You will understand the term “flatwoods” after taking this trek that travels forest and shore of 200-acre Stonelick Lake. The hike starts near the popular state park campground, meandering under rich ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Hikes Near Cincinnati
Newtonsville, OH - Hiking - 3.8 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: This hike travels through what is considered to be the largest stand of old-growth forest in Ohio. Hikers wander the Big Woods through Hueston Woods State Nature Preserve, enjoying large sugar maples, ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Hikes Near Cincinnati
College Corner, OH - Hiking - 5.2 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: This loop hike explores a preserved slice of the Buckeye State, where cliffs and tall hills rise from clear Caesar Creek. Everywhere-you-look beauty surrounds the trail, including the creek itself, wh ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Hikes Near Cincinnati
Waynesville, OH - Hiking - 1.9 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: This short hike has plenty of highlights and is pretty much doable by anyone with time and a little stamina. The trek explores the highs and lows along Cedar Creek and beyond to the shores of Acton La ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Hikes Near Cincinnati
College Corner, OH - Hiking - 1.9 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: This out-and-back endeavor heads to the embayment of Cloverlick Creek, on East Fork Lake, at big East Fork State Park. You will be hiking the Perimeter Trail, which runs in conjunction here. First you ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Hikes Near Cincinnati
Bethel, OH - Hiking - 3.8 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: This hike takes you through the southern part of Miami University Natural Areas. Head along big Four Mile Creek, a wide stream. Cruise deep in bottomland bordered by steep hills. Cross Collins Run to ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Hikes Near Cincinnati
Oxford, OH - Hiking - 3.6 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: Have you ever seen a mass of floating lotus blooms? That is one highlight from this relatively short hike that combines two nature trails at Cowan Lake State Park, east of Cincinnati. While most other ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Hikes Near Cincinnati
Cuba, OH - Hiking - 1.7 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: This balloon loop hike starts at Caesar Creek State Park’s Pioneer Village, a re-created community of yesteryear that’s worth a visit itself. For the hike you pick up the Perimeter Loop Trail rolling ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Hikes Near Cincinnati
Oregonia, OH - Hiking - 6.7 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: This 5-mile circuit explores rolling terrain, much of it along the south shore of East Fork Lake at East Fork State Park. Using a combination of the park’s Backpack Trail and the Newman Trail, hikers ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Hikes Near Cincinnati
Hamlet, OH - Hiking - 5 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: If you like ups and downs, this hike is for you. Start up high, at the Cincinnati Nature Center’s hilltop visitor building. Visit Powel Crosley Lake. From that impoundment, drop to East Branch Avey’s ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Hikes Near Cincinnati
Perintown, OH - Hiking - 4 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: Many Cincinnati hikers believe the stream flowing through French Park to be the most scenic in the city. They cite its numerous cascades, its frozen winter beauty, and the wildflowers that spring fort ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Hikes Near Cincinnati
Amberley, OH - Hiking - 3.3 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: This destination will undoubtedly surprise first-time hikers. Beyond the attractive landscaped gardens, you will enjoy an overlook before looping into the West Fork Mill Creek watershed. The hike will ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Hikes Near Cincinnati
Woodlawn, OH - Hiking - 2.7 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: Shawnee Lookout Park features three rewarding—but relatively short—loop hikes. Though each one is individually worthwhile, their close proximity allows you to make a hiker’s triple play. First visit e ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Hikes Near Cincinnati
Homestead, IN - Hiking - 2 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: This hike offers numerous trailside highlights—fossils, bluff views, a stream, a waterfall, lake views, a historic mill site, lakeside trail, and some extra loops that add to the trail mileage. Start ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Hikes Near Cincinnati
Oregonia, OH - Hiking - 4.9 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: This trek in the wooded hills of Cincinnati Nature Center explores the northern part of the preserve. It leaves the buildings and short nature trails around the nature center for outlying terrain, whe ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Hikes Near Cincinnati
Perintown, OH - Hiking - 4.1 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: Make three loops on three different trails starting from the same trailhead at this 4,300-acre county forest that includes not only hiking trails but also camping, fishing, boating, and more. Your hik ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Hikes Near Cincinnati
New Haven, OH - Hiking - 3.8 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: Take a walk along Caesar Creek Lake and surrounding environs. First, you will leave the trailhead for a deep valley rife with mature sugar maples, once a location for tapping maple syrup. After circli ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Hikes Near Cincinnati
Waynesville, OH - Hiking - 4.2 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: It is hard to find a relatively long hike in greater Cincinnati that doesn’t cross a road, but this hike accomplishes that. The trek, using the Steve Newman Worldwalker Perimeter Trail, meanders hilly ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Hikes Near Cincinnati
Bethel, OH - Hiking - 8.4 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: This hike travels through the southern portion of the Rowe Woods at Cincinnati Nature Center, exploring the aquatic and land scenery of the preserve. You will first visit Powel Crosley Lake before lea ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Hikes Near Cincinnati
Perintown, OH - Hiking - 4.1 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: This hike utilizes the longest trail at Miami Whitewater Forest, the Shaker Trace. It makes a big loop within the Dry Fork Whitewater River Valley. The trail travels from the developed recreation hub ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Hikes Near Cincinnati
New Haven, OH - Hiking - 7.8 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: This is a great wildlife watching hike, especially for waterfowl enthusiasts. Situated on a lake that was once a commercial fur farm in the Little Miami River Valley, Spring Valley Wildlife Area prese ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Hikes Near Cincinnati
New Burlington, OH - Hiking - 2.6 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: Located in the Mount Washington area of greater Cincinnati, Stanbery Park presents 125 acres of hilly wooded respite from the city. Leave the busy traditional park area and take the Schoop Trail, desc ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Hikes Near Cincinnati
Fruit Hill, OH - Hiking - 2.5 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: This hike explores the south side of Cincinnati’s historic Mount Airy Forest. Depart the stately Oval Shelter and descend a steep hollow centered by a rocky drainage. You will drop over 300 feet. Your ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Hikes Near Cincinnati
Cheviot, OH - Hiking - 2.8 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: This challenging hike explores the rugged Trace Run section of the Caesar Creek Lake shoreline. A great training hike, it goes up and down, up and down, through hill and hollow. In addition, the hike ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Hikes Near Cincinnati
New Burlington, OH - Hiking - 8.9 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: Come tour this hilltop circular earthwork built by pre-Columbian Ohioans. The trail system explores the boundaries of this enclosure from its perch high above the Little Miami River. So impressive is ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Hikes Near Cincinnati
Oregonia, OH - Hiking - 1.6 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: This trek explores just about every foot of every trail at Woodland Mound, a safe and family-friendly Hamilton County park perched high on a bluff above the Ohio River. First you will take the Hedgeap ... Related information:... From the guidebook Best Hikes Near Cincinnati
Cherry Grove, OH - Hiking - 2.9 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: Ault Park offers a variety of events throughout the year, including dances, wine and jazz festivals, and a Fourth of July celebration. Visit the website to see what might interest you. ... Related information:... From the guidebook 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Cincinnati
Silver Grove, KY - Hiking - 3.7 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: One of the few hikes in Ohio accessible by public transportation, Mount Airy Forest is an oasis of greenspace within the heart of greater Cincinnati. Combine several trails to make a 3.6-mile loop aro ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Ohio
Cincinnati, OH - Hiking - 3.6 miles   
... Preview: It’s said that when Europeans first set foot on North American soil, a squirrel could climb into the forest canopy at the Atlantic Ocean and not touch the ground again until it hit the Mississippi Riv ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Ohio
Oxford, OH - Hiking - 2.3 miles   
... Preview: Look for big tulip poplars, red and white oaks, and American beeches. ... Related information:... From the guidebook 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Cincinnati
Silver Grove, KY - Hiking - 2 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: You’ll find beautiful views and well-kept trails at Caldwell Preserve. Although there is a fair amount of traffic, expect some solitude while you hike. ... Related information:... From the guidebook 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Cincinnati
Elmwood Place, OH - Hiking - 2.78 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: This is a great place to take children for hiking and exploring nature. ... Related information:... From the guidebook 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Cincinnati
Fruit Hill, OH - Hiking - 3.7 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: Bring a bag and a couple of quarters for turtle food. ... Related information:... From the guidebook 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Cincinnati
Amelia, OH - Hiking - 8.9 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: Within the 60-mile backpack loop in Shawnee State Forest lies a 7.2-mile loop that’s a perfect day-hike option. Here in the “Little Smokies” of Ohio, ascend steeply to ridgetops of oak-hickory forest ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Ohio
Portsmouth, OH - Hiking - 7.2 miles   
... Preview: Take a 3.4-mile out-and-back trail beginning at the earthworks constructed by the prehistoric Hopewell Indians. Follow the earthworks and then descend a forested slope to the Little Miami Scenic Trail ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Ohio
Lebanon, OH - Hiking - 3.4 miles    Best Trail in OH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: Break free of the hustle and bustle and enjoy a nice, leisurely hike around Mirror Lake and through the Krohn Conservatory. ... Related information:... From the guidebook 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Cincinnati
Bellevue, KY - Hiking - 3.1 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: More than 50 miles of developed trails circle 10,000-acre Caesar Creek Lake. The 6-mile out-and-back segment from Flat Fork Picnic Area to Pioneer Village offers a little bit of everything at Caesar C ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Ohio
Waynesville, OH - Hiking - 6 miles   
... Preview: Fort Hill is the site of an ancient stone-and-earth embankment that encloses the top of the hill and was likely built by the prehistoric Hopewell Indians. But for a nature lover, this is a secondary a ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Ohio
Hillsboro, OH - Hiking - 4.5 miles   
... Preview: Glen Helen is Antioch College’s very own land laboratory. Like nearby Clifton Gorge, the glen was created by glacial meltwaters 10,000 years ago. On a 4.4-mile loop that takes you downstream along Yel ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Ohio
Yellow Springs, OH - Hiking - 4.4 miles    Best Trail in OH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: You don’t have to go back to school to make the most of Miami University’s campus. This walk in the woods is literally within walking distance of uptown Oxford, and part of the campus’s “greenbelt.” A ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Ohio
Oxford, OH - Hiking - 2.8 miles   
... Preview: When you hike along this portion of the Little Miami Scenic River, the strong forces of natural and human history make themselves known. Clifton Gorge is best known for its rushing waters through a st ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Ohio
Yellow Springs, OH - Hiking - 4.1 miles   
... Preview: When young Carl Krippendorf came down with typhoid in the late 1800s, his family doctor recommended that Carl get out of Cincinnati and recuperate in the fresh air of the countryside. Carl’s well-to-d ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Ohio
Milford, OH - Hiking - 3.5 miles    Best Trail in OH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: Mount Airy Forest is in an urban setting. Make sure you complete this hike before daylight ends; it’s not a good idea to hang out in this neighborhood after dark. Portions of Mount Airy Forest are clo ... Related information:... From the guidebook 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Cincinnati
Cheviot, OH - Hiking - 4.6 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: This is just one of many trails at Mount Airy Forest, which also includes an exceptional arboretum. Mount Airy Forest is in an urban setting. Make sure you complete this hike before daylight ends; it’ ... Related information:... From the guidebook 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Cincinnati
Cheviot, OH - Hiking - 1.9 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: Grab your sun hat and binoculars, then head out to Twin Creek MetroPark, whose restored meadows allow expansive views of the Twin Valley and beyond. This varied hike takes you through these meadows, i ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Ohio
Germantown, OH - Hiking - 5.8 miles    Best Trail in OH - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: The gorge area is beautiful. There are plenty of activities at Sharon Woods to keep kids entertained for hours. ... Related information:... From the guidebook 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Cincinnati
Sharonville, OH - Hiking - 5.3 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: The museum details the unique history of the American Indian tribes who lived in the area. Steep Miami Fort Trail has a multitude of steps and fantastic vistas. Meandering Little Turtle Trail offers s ... Related information:... From the guidebook 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Cincinnati
Elizabethtown, OH - Hiking - 2 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: Landscape designers from around the globe have studied the beautiful, well-planned landscape of Spring Grove Cemetery. ... Related information:... From the guidebook 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Cincinnati
Saint Bernard, OH - Hiking - 4.2 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: Great Parks of Hamilton County’s inexpensive annual pass is a must-have. Take the kids to Parky’s Farm to play and pet farm animals. Winton Woods also has boat rentals, campgrounds, an equestrian ridi ... Related information:... From the guidebook 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Cincinnati
Greenhills, OH - Hiking - 3.03 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)

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