These 24 Cincinnati Hiking Destinations Are Calling Your Name

Greater Cincinnati is home to myriad free parks with their own unique vibe offering plenty of reasons to get outside. The outdoors increases serotonin levels and gives your immune system a boost — it’s a natural energizer. Got a dog? Walk it. Have kids? Tire them out. An old friend? Reconnect with them. Or, go Walden-style and wander alone to your heart’s content. This handy guide of local parks is just a sampling of where you can go in the Queen City for an outdoor outlet.
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Caldwell Nature Preserve
430 W. North Bend Road, Carthage
This 2.6 mile hike leads through ridges carved by the Mill Creek Watershed. Gorges, bridges and sights of trees and flowers fill this loop for an easy walk or jog. 
Photo via Facebook.com/CaldwellNaturePreserve

Caldwell Nature Preserve

430 W. North Bend Road, Carthage
This 2.6 mile hike leads through ridges carved by the Mill Creek Watershed. Gorges, bridges and sights of trees and flowers fill this loop for an easy walk or jog.
Photo via Facebook.com/CaldwellNaturePreserve
Mt. Airy
5083 Colerain Ave., Westwood
Forest trails zigzag through the thick — and sometimes hilly — Mt. Airy woods with trails ranging from .7 miles to 4 miles. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Mt. Airy

5083 Colerain Ave., Westwood
Forest trails zigzag through the thick — and sometimes hilly — Mt. Airy woods with trails ranging from .7 miles to 4 miles.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Withrow Nature Preserve
7075 Five Mile Road, Anderson Township
The Trout Lily Trail in the Withrow Nature Preserve is a moderately difficult 1.7 mile nature trail through verdant green woods, bushes and grass. This trail is rarely crowded so it makes a great peaceful walk.
Photo: Paige Deglow

Withrow Nature Preserve

7075 Five Mile Road, Anderson Township
The Trout Lily Trail in the Withrow Nature Preserve is a moderately difficult 1.7 mile nature trail through verdant green woods, bushes and grass. This trail is rarely crowded so it makes a great peaceful walk.
Photo: Paige Deglow
Miami Whitewater Forest
9001 Mt. Hope Road, Harrison
Miami Whitewater is the go-to park for people living in Harrison. Four nature trails wind through the Miami Whitewater Forest. The paved exercise trail leads through views of woods, creeks, grasslands and local rural neighborhoods for a 1.4 mile loop or the outer loop of almost 7.8 miles. 
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Miami Whitewater Forest

9001 Mt. Hope Road, Harrison
Miami Whitewater is the go-to park for people living in Harrison. Four nature trails wind through the Miami Whitewater Forest. The paved exercise trail leads through views of woods, creeks, grasslands and local rural neighborhoods for a 1.4 mile loop or the outer loop of almost 7.8 miles.

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Amberley Green
7801 Ridge Road, Amberley Village
Three hiking trails around grassy and wooded areas make up the Amberley Green park. Trails range from a half mile to almost 2 miles.
Photo: Madeline Meeks

Amberley Green

7801 Ridge Road, Amberley Village
Three hiking trails around grassy and wooded areas make up the Amberley Green park. Trails range from a half mile to almost 2 miles.
Photo: Madeline Meeks
Cincinnati Nature Center
4949 Tealtown Road, Milford
The Cincinnati Nature Preserve has 15 trails with assorted degrees of length and difficulty. This park also offers their ‘Hike for Your Health’ program. Grab a Hike for Your Health passport and get a stamp at the front desk after every hike. Complete all 15 trails and win a special prize.
Photo via Facebook.com/CincinnatiNatureCenter

Cincinnati Nature Center

4949 Tealtown Road, Milford
The Cincinnati Nature Preserve has 15 trails with assorted degrees of length and difficulty. This park also offers their ‘Hike for Your Health’ program. Grab a Hike for Your Health passport and get a stamp at the front desk after every hike. Complete all 15 trails and win a special prize.
Photo via Facebook.com/CincinnatiNatureCenter
Bender Mountain Nature Preserve
6480 Bender Road, Delhi
Bender Mountain Loop Trail is a 2.3 mile hike past scenes of wildflowers and woods. This trail is considered moderately difficult and is great for a small challenge with beautiful scenic payoffs.
Photo: Paige Deglow

Bender Mountain Nature Preserve

6480 Bender Road, Delhi
Bender Mountain Loop Trail is a 2.3 mile hike past scenes of wildflowers and woods. This trail is considered moderately difficult and is great for a small challenge with beautiful scenic payoffs.
Photo: Paige Deglow
Ault Park
5090 Observatory Ave., Mount Lookout
A variety of forest trails and views sprawl through Ault Park. Trails are mostly less than 1 mile each to make for some easy strolling through the park.
Photo: Izzy Viox

Ault Park

5090 Observatory Ave., Mount Lookout
A variety of forest trails and views sprawl through Ault Park. Trails are mostly less than 1 mile each to make for some easy strolling through the park.
Photo: Izzy Viox
Woodland Mound 
8250 Old Kellogg Road, Withamsville
Woodland Mound Overlook trails include a 1-mile fitness trail through the woods, a half-mile trail called the Hedgeapple (past two ponds home to frogs, salamanders, snakes and more), another nature hike with a view of the Ohio River and a shared-use trail that leads to almost 2 miles of woods and prairie.
Photo provided by Hamilton County Parks

Woodland Mound

8250 Old Kellogg Road, Withamsville
Woodland Mound Overlook trails include a 1-mile fitness trail through the woods, a half-mile trail called the Hedgeapple (past two ponds home to frogs, salamanders, snakes and more), another nature hike with a view of the Ohio River and a shared-use trail that leads to almost 2 miles of woods and prairie.
Photo provided by Hamilton County Parks
Big Bone Lick State Park
3380 Beaver Road, Union
Big Bone Lick has a handful of short walks and a featured 4.5 mile Discovery Trail through grasslands, woods, the salt-sulfur springs and a bison viewing area.
Photo via Facebook.com/BigBoneLickSHS

Big Bone Lick State Park

3380 Beaver Road, Union
Big Bone Lick has a handful of short walks and a featured 4.5 mile Discovery Trail through grasslands, woods, the salt-sulfur springs and a bison viewing area.
Photo via Facebook.com/BigBoneLickSHS