Best Of 2023

When you’re looking for your hike to get some elevation gains, the Bender Mountain trail system in Delhi is one of the best in the Cincinnati area. The trail starts at the bottom of a ravine and climbs a quick yet steep 469 feet in elevation, according to AllTrails. The entire trail loop is around 2.3 miles and includes some strenuous stretches, including steep slopes and rocky, uneven terrain. But it’s all worth it — at the top, you’re rewarded with a gorgeous view of the Ohio River and Kentucky. Throughout the spring and summer, the hillsides are blanketed in wildflowers, and if you wander far enough, you’ll also come upon a spooky little cemetery, where members of the Darby-Lee family rest in peace. westernwildlifecorridor.org.

Sports & Recreation

Sports & Recreation
Here are the 2023 Best Of Cincinnati® Reader and Staff Pick winners for Sports & Recreation.
1. Soccer City
2. Town and Country Sports Health Club
3. Wall2Wall
1. Schmidt Boat Ramp and Ballfields
2. Riverside Park
3. Westside Sports Park
1. 700 WLW-AM
2. FOX Sports Ohio
3. WCPO-TV
1. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
2. YMCA Camp Ernst
3. Clifton Cultural Arts Center
1. Cincinnati Rollergirls
2. Florence Y’alls
3. Dayton Dragons
1. Barstool Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino
2. FanDuel Sportsbook
3. Betfred
1. University of Cincinnati football
2. Xavier University men’s basketball
3. Ohio State University football
1. Cincinnati Bengals
2. FC Cincinnati
3. Cincinnati Cyclones
1. Sawyer Point Park
2. Camargo Racquet Club
3. The Club at Harper’s Point
1. Fifty West Production Works
2. Knotty Pine Rock Club and Tiki Bar
3. Cabana on the River
1. Body Alive
2. Shellates Studio
3. Pilates Center of Cincinnati
1. Red River Gorge
2. Hocking Hills State Park
3. Winton Woods
1. Sunlite Pool (Coney Island)
2. Ziegler Park
3. Kings Island
1. Flying Pig Marathon
2. Queen Bee Half Marathon
3. Thanksgiving Day Race
1. Sawyer Point Park
2. Fifty West Brewing Company
3. Dulle Park
1. Joey Votto
2. Jonathan India
3. Tyler Stephenson
1. Oakley Park
2. Blue Ash Recreation Center
3. Mt. Echo Park
1. ProForce Sports Performance
2. Strength Beyond the Weights
3. Trilogy Fitness Systems
1. Joe Burrow
2. Sam Hubbard
3. Tee Higgins