Happy Trails to You

One of the parks’ main attractions is its trails. Trails include: paved, mountain biking, nature, Parcours and horseback riding.
Trail Chart
Fitness Trails
All fitness trails have workout stations that exercise each of the major muscle groups.

These trails can be 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 fitness trails except for Sharon Woods and the Shaker Trace trail at Miami Whitewater Forest.
Mountain Bike Trail
Located in Mitchell Memorial Forest, the 8-mile trail is the official mountain bike trail in Hamilton County.

The trail has been designed per International Mountain Biking Association standards and includes moderate to steep terrain, several technical features and some sections of more difficult trail.

Cincinnati Off Road Alliance (CORA) is a local mountain biking organization committed to maintaining the trail and other trails in the Cincinnati area.

All trail closures are managed by CORA volunteers and communicated directly to Great Parks of Hamilton County. Closures are communicated to staff through email and to the public through the Great Parks website and social media. CORA volunteers are responsible for closing and locking trail head gates in all three locations and flipping the trail status sign adjacent to the tech booth.

The trail is closed to all users annually from approximately mid-December to early April (weather dependent). The trail is most vulnerable to damage during this time due to the freeze/thaw cycle. If conditions indicate a deep freeze that is sustained throughout the day, the trail may be opened during that time. However, during normal winter conditions, the trail may thaw in the afternoon due to increased temperatures and/or exposure to sunlight, creating poor trail conditions. In this situation, the trail will remain closed to all users.

The trail is closed during all heavy rainfall events regardless of the time of year. Closure is dependent upon the amount and duration of rainfall as well as trail conditions.

When the trail is closed, it is closed to all users including but not limited to mountain bikers, hikers and runners.

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Horse Trails
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 7.8 miles.

The 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.

Trail Rules
​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 three days.

After three 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 Year’s Day if riding conditions are suitable.

Trail closure status will be posted on park conditions page and updated only when the status has changed. The phone number to call for wooded horse trail closing information is 513-728-3551, ext. 332.

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, Great Parks of Hamilton County’s long term goal for the Miami Whitewater Forest Wooded Horse Trails is to create sustainable, all weather trails that are open year round.

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Little Miami Scenic Trail Extension Project
Construction is underway on the extension of the Little Miami Scenic Trail through the Village of Newtown and Anderson Township in Hamilton County! The project will add 3.15 miles to the existing 78 mile trail, which is one of the longest paved trails in the United States that begins in Springfield, Ohio.

Construction began in June 2015 thanks to $1.94 million in federal funding and a $1 million state grant. The extension will run from the Little Miami Golf Center to the Beechmont Avenue/ S.R. 32 ramp and will connect local public parks and communities, including the Village of Newtown’s Robert W. Short park and Anderson Township Park District’s Clear Creek Park. The project proposed completion is spring 2016.

Following completion of the extension, focus will then be placed on a proposed pedestrian bridge to be constructed over the Little Miami Scenic River. The bridge would complete the connection of the Little Miami Scenic Trail to the City of Cincinnati’s Lunken Loop Trail; Otto Armelder Memorial Park and Recreation Complex, and the Ohio River Trail, which continues west into the City of Cincinnati.

Little Miami Scenic Trail Extension Map




Hiking Staff Program
The Hiking Staff Program requires that you hike seven different trails in the park district in a year. You then become eligible to purchase a wooden hiking staff for $3. Each year following, when you hike seven Great Parks’ trails, you are eligible to purchase an annual metal emblem for your hiking staff for $2 (limit one emblem per year.) Additional emblems for the following parks may be purchased for $3.95: Glenwood Gardens, Miami Whitewater Forest, Shawnee Lookout, Sharon Woods, Winton Woods, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, Fernbank Park and Woodland Mound.

Hiking Staff Program Form
Trail Counter Program
After a year of monitoring trail visitation, Great Parks of Hamilton County has exceeded 1,000,000 visits!

In May 2014, the park district launched a trail counter program to better understand the usage and popularity of park trails. The monitoring program, launched in May 2014, tracks trail visitation on all 12 paved, shared-use trails and the Mitchell Memorial Forest Mountain Bike Trail (natural) within the park system. These electronic counters were installed to measure “visits”, which is a single trail experience by a user in one given day.

Future plans for the trail counters include placement at all Great Parks nature trails to improve accuracy and strengthen statistical data for future trail developments. Great Parks provides nearly 70 miles of trails in the greater Cincinnati region. For more information, visit
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