Cincinnati Is Almost Dead Last in LawnStarter's Best Cities for Hiking in 2021

The lawn-care service hates our climate, apparently.

Mar 17, 2021 at 1:57 pm
Mt. Airy Park - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Mt. Airy Park

We all know what great hiking, running and cycling trails we have in Greater Cincinnati, but LawnStarter apparently didn’t get the message.

In its list of the best cities for hiking in 2021, the lawn-care service ranks Cincinnati as No. 142 out of 150.

Other cities in Ohio score much higher than Cincinnati. Cleveland sits at No. 72, Akron is No. 74, Columbus is No. 81 and Toledo is No. 86.

Cincinnati ranks well in specific categories, though — at No. 35 for trail access and No. 41 for trail quality.

But climate is where we die, LawnStarter says. Cincinnati is dead last out of all 150 cities on the list.

We have a feeling that LawnStarter doesn’t appreciate Cincinnati’s 14 levels of spring.or even nominal seasonal changes, though. The top 25 hiking locations are concentrated in western states, particularly in temperate, climate-stable California. Their high number of camping stores and better air quality matter more than Ohio’s lush hills or the occasional bit of rain, it seems.

“While cities in the South and Midwest fared poorly in a number of Best Hiking City metrics, it’s temperatures that truly mark these regions as less than ideal for hiking,” LawnStarter writes. “Cities like Tallahassee and Cincinnati are subject to temperature extremes with a high yearly average of both very cold and very hot days. It’s not impossible to find a nice day for a stroll here, but we wouldn’t bet on it.”

Well pooh to you, LawnStarter. We’ll just be out exploring these awesome Cincinnati hiking trails and these weekend road trips that have all kinds of outdoor fun available.

To determine its rankings, LawnStarter compared the most populous cities in 11 categories like number of hiking routes and camping sites, degree of difficulty, and extremely cold or hot days. The company gathered data from AllTrails, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Disaster Preparedness, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Yelp.

Read the full list on LawnStarter’s website.