Explore Parks After Dark

Spooky Tales on the Trails

Hit the trails with these evening excursions of some spooky – but not too scary –tales!

Explore your favorite parks after dark during Spooky Tales on the Trails! On these night hikes, you’ll learn local lore and discover how things that go bump in the night are a part of the nature that surrounds us.

Join us for one or multiple Spooky Tales on the Trails! All programs are recommended for ages 6 and up. Be sure to dress accordingly for the weather; close-toed shoes are recommended.

Thanks to our event partner, Yelp.

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.

A valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter all Great Parks. Fernbank Park is a cooperative venture with the City of Cincinnati; a Motor Vehicle Permit is not required.


$5/person per hike


Fridays in October | Hikes take place at 7 & 7:30 p.m.


Fernbank Park
50 Thornton Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45233

Miami Whitewater Forest
9001 Mt. Hope Road
Harrison, OH 45030

  • Spooky Tales on the Trails: River Monsters

    October 7 & 21

    Before you dip your toes in, beware of the creatures lurking below the surface. Discover some of the largest and weirdest inhabitants of the Ohio River and explore the wild lifestyles of these river monsters in this interactive family-oriented night hike!

    Fernbank Park/Lee Shelter

    Register by October 6 and October 20, respectively. Select timeslot when registering.

    Register Online

  • Spooky Tales on the Trails: Tales of Animals Past

    October 14 & 28

    Roaming through time, unlock the secrets of the life that once called the Ohio River Valley home. Each step will test your senses to uncover what the land may have looked like and what may have roamed the trails long ago on this interactive family-oriented night hike.

    Miami Whitewater Forest/Timberlakes Program Shelter

    Register by October 13 and October 27, respectively. Select timeslot when registering.

    Register Online