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Our Trails

Great Parks of Hamilton County features more than 50 miles of walking trails, as well as horseback riding trails and a mountain bike trail.

Accessibility

  • Great Parks of Hamilton County provides the opportunity for individuals with mobility disabilities to use their power-driven mobility devices on select trails. For a list of these trails,view the Trail Chart.
  • For additional accessibility information, visit our Accessibility page.

Pet Policy

  • Pets must remain on a leash, maximum six feet in length, kept under physical control and not be a nuisance to other park users.
  • Pet owners are required to remove their pet’s fecal deposits from the park grounds and place their waste in a suitable receptacle.
  • Pooper scooper dispensers are located at each trail head and are available from the Park District Rangers. 
  • Pets are not allowed on the Parky's Farm Woodlot trail.

Nature Trails 

  • The Park District has 18 nature trails that take the hiker on mini-journeys where they can observe natural habitats and the diverse wildlife that reside within them.
  • Please stay on the trails and do not disturb plants and wildlife.
  • Dispose of trash in the proper receptacles.
  • Bicycles and horseback riders are not permitted on nature trails. 

Multi-use Trails 

  • The Shaker Trace Trail at Miami Whitewater Forest has a 1.2 mile inner loop with 18 fully accessible Parcours fitness stations and an extended 7.8 mile outer loop which weaves through this beautiful park. 
  • Shaker Trace has two loops – a short 1.2 mile inner loop and the extended, 7.-8 mile outer loop. Both begin and end at the harbor. The entire trail is paved and gently graded with distances marked along the trail at every .2 miles. Along the way, you’ll see restored wetlands and prairie, as well as creek beds and farmland. During the warmer months, a Ranger “courtesy cart” patrols the trail with cold water for thirsty trail users. 
  • There are paved multi-use trails at Sharon Woods, Francis RecreAcres and Winton Woods.
  • Bikes can be rented at the Sharon Woods and Miami Whitewater Forest boathouses.
  • Great Parks operates a 1.9 mile segment of the Little Miami Scenic Trail in eastern Hamilton County, starting at the boundary of Avoca Park and terminating at Little Miami Golf Center. The Little Miami Scenic Trail, a component of the Ohio to Erie Trail, is 78 miles long, starting at Springfield in Clark County. From there the trail runs south through Yellow Springs and Xenia in Greene County. Then the trail travels through Corwin, Oregonia, Morrow, Foster in Warren County, Loveland, Milford, Terrace Park, and ending at the Little Miami Golf Center in Newtown.  
  • The one-mile trail extension that connects the two mile Otto Armleder Memorial Park and Recreation Complex trail with the five mile Lunken Field Loop completes the second phase of the project. The future plan is for the trail connection to eventually join with the Ohio River Trail and the Little Miami Scenic Trail.
  • Great Parks of Hamilton County is working with local, state and federal agencies to extend the trail from Little Miami Golf Center to Lunken Field and Otto Armleder Park (map of existing and proposed trail segments). At Lunken Field, the Little Miami Scenic Trail will connect to the Ohio River Trail. Little Miami Scenic Trail Map (PDF)

Parcours Fitness Trails 

  • All Parcours fitness trails have workout stations that exercise each of the major muscle groups.
  • Parcours fitness trails can found in Embshoff Woods, Sharon Woods, Triple Creek, Winton Woods and Woodland Mound, along with two at Miami Whitewater Forest.
  • Bicycles are not permitted on Parcours trails except for Sharon Woods and the Shaker Trace Parcours trail at Miami Whitewater Forest. 

Mountain Bike Trail

  • Located in Mitchell Memorial Forest, the 8-mile trail is the official mountain bike trail in Hamilton County.
  • The trail has been designed per International Mountain Biking Association standards and includes moderate to steep terrain, several technical features and some sections of more difficult trail.
  • Cincinnati Off Road Alliance (CORA) is a local mountain biking organization committed to maintaining the trail and other trails in the Cincinnati area. 
  • All trail closures are managed by CORA volunteers and communicated directly to Great Parks of Hamilton County.  Closures are communicated to staff through email and to the public through the Great Parks website and social media. CORA volunteers are responsible for closing and locking trail head gates in all three locations and flipping the trail status sign adjacent to the tech booth.
  • The trail is closed to all users annually from approximately mid-December to early April (weather dependent). The trail is most vulnerable to damage during this time due to the freeze/thaw cycle. If conditions indicate a deep freeze that is sustained throughout the day, the trail may be opened during that time. However, during normal winter conditions, the trail may thaw in the afternoon due to increased temperatures and/or exposure to sunlight, creating poor trail conditions. In this situation, the trail will remain closed to all users.
  • The trail is closed during all heavy rainfall events regardless of the time of year. Closure is dependent upon the amount and duration of rainfall as well as trail conditions.
  • When the trail is closed, it is closed to all users including but not limited to mountain bikers, hikers and runners.

Horse Trails 

  • Winton Woods: A linear horse trail begins and ends at the Winton Woods Riding Center and is open year round; this one way trail measures 2.6 miles.
  • Miami Whitewater Forest: Shaker Trace Horse Trail is open year round; this circular trail measures 7.2 miles.
  • Miami Whitewater Forest: The Wooded Horse Trails are open weather permitting, please review closure policy below; trail A measures 3.16 miles; trail B measures 2.86 miles; trail C measures 1.45 miles for a total of 7.47 miles. Parking for the Wooded Horse Trail system is located off West Road beyond the Bluebird Glen Shelter.
  • For safety reasons, hiking is not permitted on horse trails.
  • Contibute to the Bridle Trail Fund

Wooded Horse Trails Closure Policy - Miami Whitewater Forest

  • Per the rain gauge at the Miami Whitewater Forest maintenance building, closing of the wooded horse trails will be considered when it rains a minimum of 0.5” in 24 hours.
  • Trail conditions will be inspected by a Miami Whitewater Forest Operations employee on a section of the trail near Timberlakes Drive, adjacent to the High Plains shelter.
  • Once the trail conditions have been confirmed to not be suitable for riding, all wooded horse trails will be closed for a minimum of three days.
  •  After three days with no significant additional rain or precipitation, Miami Whitewater Forest Operations will verify trail conditions for potential opening or continued closing.
  • The wooded horse trails will be closed annually during the winter wet weather season from the Monday after Thanksgiving to the first Monday in March. The trails will be reopened annually from Christmas Day to New Years Day if riding conditions are suitable.
  • Trail closure status will be posted on Current Park Noticifications and Closure and updated only when the status has changed. The phone number to call for wooded horse trail closing information is 513-728-3551 ext. 332.
  • Riding on wet trails creates low spots which hold water on the trail and softens the soil resulting in extensive damage.  Keeping the trails closed during the wet season will allow the trails to heal and prevent further damage.
  • Partnering with community support through trail reconstruction projects and ongoing trail maintenance, Great Parks of Hamilton County’s long term goal for the Miami Whitewater Forest Wooded Horse Trails is to create sustainable, all weather trails that are open year round.

Trail Chart

Armleder Park
Trail Type Mileage Level Accessibility
Multi-Use
Armleder-Lunken Trail Connector
Paved
Paved
1.9
1.1
Easy
Easy
1
1
         
Embshoff Woods
Trail Type Mileage Level Accessibility
Parcours Fitness 1.0 Moderate 4
         
Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve
Trail Type Mileage Level Accessibility
Pin Oak Paved/Nature 0.6 Easy 1/4
         
Fernbank Park
Trail Type Mileage Level Accessibility
Multi-Use Paved 1.2 Easy 1
Sycamore Nature 1.0 Easy 4
         
Frances Recreacres
Trail Type Mileage Level Accessibility
Multi-Use Paved 1.0 Easy 1
         
Glenwood Gardens
Trail Type Mileage Level Accessibility
Garden Loop Paved 1.1 Easy 1
Wetland Loop Nature 1.6 Moderate 3

Little Miami Scenic Trail
       
Trail Type Mileage Level Accessibility
Little Miami Scenic Trail Paved 1.9 Easy 1
         
Miami Whitewater Forest
Trail Type Mileage Level Accessibility
Badlands Nature 1.7 Moderate 4
Oakleaf Nature 0.8 Moderate 4
Shaker Trace Inner Loop/Parcours Paved/Fitness 1.4 Easy/Moderate 1/1
Shaker Trace Outer Loop Paved 7.8 Moderate 1
Shaker Trace Horse Trail Horse 7.8 N/A N/A
Tallgrass Prairie Nature 0.6 Moderate 4
Timberlakes Nature 1.4 Moderate 4
Wooded Horse Loop A Horse 3.2 N/A N/A
Wooded Horse Loop B Horse 2.7 N/A N/A
Wooded Horse Loop C Horse 1.4 N/A N/A
         
Mitchell Memorial Forest
Trail Type Mileage Level Accessibility
Mountain Bike  Mountain Bike 8.1 Difficult 4
Wood Duck Nature 1.0 Moderate 4
         
Sharon Woods
Trail Type Mileage Level Accessibility
Gorge Nature 0.7 Moderate 4
Multi-Use Paved 2.6 Easy 2
Parcours Fitness 1.0 Moderate 2
         
Shawnee Lookout
Trail Type Mileage Level Accessibility
Blue Jacket Nature 1.3 Moderate 4
Little Turtle Nature 2.0 Moderate 4
Miami Fort Nature 1.4 Moderate 4
         
Triple Creek
Trail Type Mileage Level Accessibility
Parcours Fitness 0.8 Moderate 3
         
Winton Woods
Trail Type Mileage Level Accessibility
Great Oaks Nature 0.7 Moderate 4
Harbor Trail Paved 1.7 Easy 1
Kingfisher Nature 1.1 Moderate 4
Parcours Fitness 1.1 Moderate 4
Parky's Farm/Woodlot Nature 0.15 Moderate 2
West Branch Paved 0.9 Easy 1
Winton Woods Horse Trail Horse 2.6 N/A N/A
         
Withrow Nature Preserve
Trail Type Mileage Level Accessibility
Trout Lily Nature 2.0 Moderate 4
         
Woodland Mound
Trail Type Mileage Level Accessibility
Hedgeapple Nature 0.6 Moderate 4
Multi-Use Paved 1.2 Easy 1
Parcours Fitness 1.0 Moderate 4
Seasongood Nature 0.8 Moderate 4

Hiking Staff Program

Surveys have shown that walking is one of the favorite activities of Great Parks of Hamilton County visitors. To increase the enjoyment and encourage more people to get involved in outdoor exercise, the Great Parks of Hamilton County has two hiking programs.

The Hiking Staff Program requires that you simply hike seven different Great Parks trails in a year to qualify. You then become eligible to purchase the wooden hiking staff for $3. Each year following, when you hike seven Great Parks trails, you are eligible to purchase the annual metal insignia for your hiking staff for $2 (limit one emblem per year).

To become eligible for the Master Hiker Program insignia, you are required to hike all the trails in the parks listed on the form below.

Insignias for the following parks may be purchased as desired for $3.95: Glenwood Gardens, Miami Whitewater Forest, Shawnee Lookout, Sharon Woods, Winton Woods and Woodland Mound.

You can download our form or use a 3x5 card to keep track of your hikes. Once you have completed the required trails, present your record at one of the Naturalist offices or at a Nature's Niche Gifts & Books location.

Hiking Staff Program Form (PDF)