Smale Riverfront Park Named One of the Nation's Best Riverwalks

USA Today readers have spoken and they have voted Cincinnati's Smale Riverfront Park as one of the best riverwalks in the country.

Apr 27, 2022 at 11:19 am
Smale Riverfront Park - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Smale Riverfront Park

USA Today readers across America have spoken and they have voted Cincinnati's Smale Riverfront Park as the No. 2 "Best Riverwalk" in the nation.

Smale took home second place honors in the newspaper's 10Best competition. The 10Best series asks a collection of experts to whittle down nominees in a category — in this case, Best Riverwalk — and then the public votes for the winner. Voting was conducted earlier this year.

The paper says of Smale:
"At Smale Riverfront Park in Cincinnati, visitors can watch the river traffic float by, cycle along the Ohio River Trail, buy fresh produce at the Castellini Esplanade farmers market, cool off in the Fath Fountain or stop to smell the flowers in the Gardner Family Grove and Rose Garden."

Detroit's International Riverwalk took home first place this year, with the Wilmington Riverwalk in Wilmington, North Carolina; Waterfront Park in Louisville, Kentucky; San Antonio River Walk in San Antonio, Texas; Schuylkill River Trail in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Milwaukee Riverwalk in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Bricktown in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Mississippi Riverwalk in Dubuque, Iowa; and Canal Walk in Indianapolis, Indiana rounding out the top 10.

Last year, Smale placed at No. 5 in the same contest.

Smale Riverfront Park connects downtown from Paul Brown Stadium to Great American Ball Park with 45 acres of greenway. Operated by the Cincinnati Park Board, the park opened in 2012 and features public art, interactive fountains, playgrounds and a giant swing set that gives a hell of a view of the Ohio River.

See the full 10Best Best Riverwalk results at and learn more about Smale Riverfront Park (W. Mehring Way, Downtown) at

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