Before you head out into the parks, check here for the most up-to-date information on winter sport availability, road closures, construction projects and more.

  • COVID-19

    Great Parks is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic closely, and will make adjustments as necessary with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Hamilton County Public Health.

  • Embshoff Woods

    12/8 - Workers will be collecting pavement core samples in several paved locations throughout the day.  Traffic will be minimally restricted in the immediate vicinity of the work. 

  • Highfield Discovery Garden Alerts

    The Music Garden, an exciting new addition to the Highfield Discovery Garden, will start construction on Monday, August 15, 2022. with a substantial completion date of December 2, 2022. 

    The Highfield Discovery Garden remains open, but visitors should expect some inconveniences during the construction period. 

  • Miami Whitewater Forest Horse Trail Alerts

    12/6 - Due to inclement weather and poor trail conditions, the Miami Whitewater Forest Wooded Horse trails are now closed. Trail conditions will be reassessed in the following days.

  • Miami Whitewater Forest - Shaker Trace Inner Loop Trail

    The Shaker Trace Inner Loop Trail will remain closed due to continuous flooding and ongoing maintenance challenges. We are currently undergoing environmental and engineering studies to ensure the viability of the replacement trail. In the meantime, a temporary gravel trail will be put in by the end of the year. The new, permanent asphalt trail will be completed by the end of summer 2023.

  • Mitchell Memorial Forest Mountain Bike Trail

    12/6 - The mountain bike trail at Mitchell Memorial Forest is closed today due to wet trail conditions. 

  • Restrooms Closed for Winter

    Restrooms are closed for the season at the following parks:

    Avoca Park Trailhead, Embshoff Woods, Fernbank (playground area & Riverview), Lake Isabella (campground & shelter hydrants), Miami Whitewater Forest (Bowles Woods, Big Sycamore/Tanager, Campground & Timberlakes Trailhead), Mitchell Memorial Forest, Sharon Woods (Council Bluff, Lone Oak, Stone Bridge & Harbor Unisex), Shawnee Lookout (Cabin View & Cedar Bend), Triple Creek, Winton Woods (Oak Opening, Sweetgum Slopes, Corbett Rd., McKelvey Rd., Daly Hill, Orchard Area, Cherry Hill & West Park), Woodland Mound (Juneberry)

  • Columbia Connector

    Beginning December 5, 2022, the Little Miami Scenic Trail just west of the eastern gate of Fifty West Brewing Company will close. Access to the trail will still be accessible through the eastern gate behind Fifty West. This will NOT disrupt any travel between the Avoca Trailhead and the Otto Armleder-Lunken Connector Trail. During the closure, Great Parks will be working to divert water and help slow erosion in the area caused by inclement weather. During the construction, barricades and signage will be in place to prohibit trail use. We anticipate being able to reopen the trail on December 19, 2022. Work will be contingent on weather.

Park Facilities

Athletic Fields: Visit our Athletics page for rain-out numbers for leagues at Miami Whitewater Forest, Triple Creek and Francis RecreAcres.


Snack Bars

  • Miami Whitewater Forest Snack Bars are open Friday - Sunday and holidays from 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
  • Sharon Woods Snack Bar is open Monday - Friday from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and on the weekends from 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Winton Woods Snack Bar is open:
    • June 17, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    • June 18 to August 14, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    • August 15 - Sept. 4, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. - 7:00p.m. on weekends and holidays

Trails: Open

  • The Armleder Trail Connection to Lunken is closed when the Ohio River level is at 38 feet or above. Otto Armleder Park & Recreation Complex closes when the river level is at 42 feet or above. See the National Weather Service for current and forecasted river levels.

Wet Playgrounds

  • Woodland Mound wet playground is open 7 days a week from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
  • Sharon Woods wet playground is open 7 days a week from 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Winton Woods wet playground hours are June 17, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and June 18 - August 14, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.