The Hamilton County Park District features more than 50 miles of trails for hiking, biking, in-line skating and horseback riding.
- The Park District 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.
- 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.
- The Park District has 15 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.
Parcours Fitness 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.
- The Park District 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.
- The Hamilton County Park District 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.
Download the Little Miami Scenic Trail map here.
- 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.
Wooded Horse Trails Closure Policy - Miami Whitewater Forest
- 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: 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.
- Purchase a Support The Horse Trails decal.
- Contibute to the Bridle Trail Fund.
- 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 3 days.
- After 3 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 here and updated only when the status has changed. The phone number to call for wooded horse trail closing information is (513) 728-3551 x332.
- 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, the Hamilton County Park District’s long term goal for the Miami Whitewater Forest Wooded Horse Trails is to create sustainable, all weather trails that are open year round.
Hamilton County Park District
|A valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10.00 annual; $3.00 daily) is required to enter the parks.