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Explore 78 miles of nature, paved, fitness, horse and mountain bike trails in Great Parks of Hamilton County.
All Trails
Trail Type Accessibility Level Miles
Embshoff Woods
Fitness Fitness 4 Moderate 1.0
Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve
Pin Oak Nature 1/4 Easy 0.6
Fernbank Park
Shared-use Shared-use 1 Easy 1.2
Sycamore Nature 4 Easy 1.0
Francis RecreAcres
Shared-use Shared-use 1 Easy 1.0
Glenwood Gardens
Garden Loop Nature 1 Easy 1.1
Wetland Loop Nature 3 Moderate 1.6
Little Miami Golf Center / Bass Island Trailhead / Avoca Trailhead
Little Miami Scenic Trail Access Shared-use 1 Easy 78
Miami Whitewater Forest
Badlands Nature 4 Moderate 1.7
Oakleaf Nature 4 Moderate 0.8
Shaker Trace Outer Loop Shared-use 1 Moderate 7.8
Shaker Trace Inner Loop Fitness 1/1 Easy/Moderate 1.4
Shaker Trace Horse Trail Horse N/A N/A 7.0
Tallgrass Prairie Nature 4 Moderate 0.6
Timberlakes Nature 4 Moderate 1.4
Wooded Horse Trail A Horse N/A N/A 3.0
Wooded Horse Trail B Horse N/A N/A 3.2
Wooded Horse Trail C Horse N/A N/A 1.9
Mitchell Memorial Forest
Mountain Bike Mt. Bike 4 Difficult 8.1
Wood Duck Nature 4 Moderate 1.0
Otto Armleder Memorial Park & Recreation Complex
Shared-use Shared-use 1 Easy 1.9
Armleder-Lunken Connector Shared-use 1 Easy 1.1
Sharon Woods
Gorge Trail Nature 4 Moderate 0.7
Shared-use Shared-use 2 Easy 2.6
Fitness Fitness 2 Moderate 1.0
Shawnee Lookout
Blue Jacket Nature 4 Moderate 1.3
Little Turtle Nature 4 Moderate 2.0
Miami Fort Nature 4 Moderate 1.4
Triple Creek
Fitness Fitness 3 Moderate 0.8
Winton Woods
Great Oaks Nature 4 Moderate 0.7
Harbor Trail Shared-use 1 Easy 1.7
Kingfisher Nature 4 Moderate 1.1
Fitness Fitness 4 Moderate 1.1
West Branch Shared-use 1 Easy 0.9
Winton Woods Riding Center Horse N/A N/A 2.6
Woodlot Trail/Parky's Farm Nature 2 Easy 0.15
Withrow Nature Preserve
Trout Lily Nature 4 Moderate 1.6
Woodland Mound
Hedgeapple Nature 4 Moderate 0.6
Shared-use Shared-use 1 Easy 1.2
Fitness Fitness 4 Moderate 1.0
Seasongood Nature 4 Moderate 0.8

Trail Guide PDF
Fitness Trails
All fitness trails have workout stations that exercise each of the major muscle groups.

Bicycles are not permitted on fitness trails except for Sharon Woods and the Shaker Trace trail at Miami Whitewater Forest.

Trail Type Accessibility Level Miles
Embshoff Woods
Fitness Fitness 4 Moderate 1.0
Miami Whitewater Forest
Shaker Trace Inner Loop Fitness 1/1 Easy/Moderate 1.4
Sharon Woods
Fitness Fitness 2 Moderate 1.0
Triple Creek
Fitness Fitness 3 Moderate 0.8
Winton Woods
Fitness Fitness 4 Moderate 1.1
Woodland Mound
Fitness Fitness 4 Moderate 1.0
Horse Trails
Horse trails are free to use and open for public use. Hikers, pets, bicycles and motor vehicles are prohibited.

Miami Whitewater Forest
The Miami Whitewater Forest horse trails are open from dawn to dusk, weather permitting (see the trail closure policy below for details). This circular trail measures 7.8 miles. Parking for the trail is located off West Road beyond the Bluebird Glen picnic shelter.

Riding on wet trails creates low spots, which hold waters, softens the soil and results in heavy damage to the trail. Closing the trails during the wet season allows trails to heal and prevents further damage.

Temporary closures
  • Trail closures will be posted on Current Park Notifications & Closures page and updated only when the status has changed. Riders can also call the trail closure hotline at 513-728-3551, ext. 332.
  • Closing of the wooded horse trails will be considered when it rains a minimum of 0.5” in 24 hours, based on the rain gauge at the Miami Whitewater Forest maintenance building.
  • Trail conditions will be inspected by a Great Parks employee on a section of the trail near Timberlakes Drive, adjacent to the High Plains picnic 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, Great Parks will verify trail conditions for potential opening or continued closing.

Annual closures
  • The wooded horse trails will be closed annually from the Monday after Thanksgiving until the first Monday in March. The trails will be reopened annually from Christmas Day to New Years Day if riding conditions are suitable.

Winton Woods
The Winton Woods horse trail is open year-round from dawn to dusk. This out-and-back trail is 5.2-miles round-trip. The trail begins at the eastern edge of the Winton Wood Riding Center parking lot, and horse trailer parking is available next to the trailhead.

Trail Type Accessibility Level Miles
Miami Whitewater Forest
Wooded Horse Trail A Horse N/A N/A 3.0
Wooded Horse Trail B Horse N/A N/A 3.2
Wooded Horse Trail C Horse N/A N/A 1.9
Winton Woods
Winton Woods Riding Center Horse N/A N/A 2.6
Mountain Bike Trail
Located in Mitchell Memorial Forest, the 8.1-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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Nature Trails
Trail Type Accessibility Level Miles
Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve
Pin Oak Nature 1/4 Easy 0.6
Fernbank Park
Sycamore Nature 4 Easy 1.0
Glenwood Gardens
Garden Loop Nature 1 Easy 1.1
Wetland Loop Nature 3 Moderate 1.6
Miami Whitewater Forest
Badlands Nature 4 Moderate 1.7
Oakleaf Nature 4 Moderate 0.8
Tallgrass Prairie Nature 4 Moderate 0.6
Timberlakes Nature 4 Moderate 1.4
Mitchell Memorial Forest
Wood Duck Nature 4 Moderate 1.0
Sharon Woods
Gorge Trail Nature 4 Moderate 0.7
Shawnee Lookout
Blue Jacket Nature 4 Moderate 1.3
Little Turtle Nature 4 Moderate 2.0
Miami Fort Nature 4 Moderate 1.4
Winton Woods
Great Oaks Nature 4 Moderate 0.7
Kingfisher Nature 4 Moderate 1.1
Woodlot Trail/Parky's Farm Nature 2 Easy 0.15
Withrow Nature Preserve
Trout Lily Nature 4 Moderate 1.6
Woodland Mound
Hedgeapple Nature 4 Moderate 0.6
Seasongood Nature 4 Moderate 0.8
Shared Use Trails
Trail Type Accessibility Level Miles
Fernbank Park
Shared-use Shared-use 1 Easy 1.2
Francis RecreAcres
Shared-use Shared-use 1 Easy 1.0
Little Miami Golf Center / Bass Island Trailhead / Avoca Trailhead
Little Miami Scenic Trail Access Shared-use 1 Easy 78
Miami Whitewater Forest
Shaker Trace Outer Loop Shared-use 1 Moderate 7.8
Otto Armleder Memorial Park & Recreation Complex
Shared-use Shared-use 1 Easy 1.9
Armleder-Lunken Connector Shared-use 1 Easy 1.1
Sharon Woods
Shared-use Shared-use 2 Easy 2.6
Winton Woods
Harbor Trail Shared-use 1 Easy 1.7
West Branch Shared-use 1 Easy 0.9
Woodland Mound
Shared-use Shared-use 1 Easy 1.2
Great Cincy Strides
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Great Cincy Strides is a regional movement to discover new trails while getting fit outdoors. Track your miles and your progress towards personal goals, find events to join up with walkers and discover new trails and walking routes to try. A new journey begins with just one step.

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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
Little Miami Scenic Trail Extension Project
Construction on the extension of the Little Miami Scenic Trail through the Village of Newtown and Anderson Township in Hamilton County was completed in spring 2016. Construction began in June 2015 thanks to $1.94 million in federal funding and a $1 million state grant. ​

The project added 3.15 miles to the existing 78-mile trail, which is one of the longest paved trails in the United States. The extension runs from the Little Miami Golf Center to the Beechmont Avenue/ S.R. 32 ramp and connects local public parks and communities, including the Village of Newtown’s Robert W. Short park and Anderson Township Park District’s Clear Creek Park. ​

Great Parks' focus is now 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 & Recreation Complex and the Ohio River Trail, which continues west into the City of Cincinnati.

Little Miami Scenic Trail Extension Map


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