A Great Park

Miami Whitewater Forest

As the largest park, Miami Whitewater Forest offers everything from scenic trails to stand-up paddleboarding, to golf and camping.

Miami Whitewater Forest offers a visitor center with nature displays and a gift shop. The 4,670 acre park also features multiple trails, including the paved 7.8-mile Shaker Trace trail and 1.4-mile fitness trail, as well as the 1.7-mile Badlands, 0.8-mile Oakleaf, 0.6-mile Tallgrass Prairie and 2.1-mile Timberlakes nature trails, plus two horseback riding trails. Visitors can enjoy a 9-hole disc golf course and play or practice at the Miami Whitewater Forest Soccer Complex in a men's, women's or co-rec league. Shelters, picnic areas and a youth camp area are reservable. The park also includes an 11-acre dog park with play fields, an all-season area and a dog agility course.


9001 Mt. Hope Road

Harrison, OH 45030

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  • Hours: 
  • Park open daily from dawn until dusk.

Phone: Boathouse: 513-367-9632
Campground: 513-851-2267
Nature’s Niche Gifts & Books: 513-367-4774
Pro Shop: 513-367-4627
Visitor Center: 513-367-4774
Great Parks: 513-521-7275

Miami Whitewater Forest Activities



The boathouse offers row, pedal, motor and pontoon boats, kayaks, stand up paddle boards and bicycles for rent. Licensed private canoes and kayaks and electric and gas motors up to 4 hp are permitted. Bank fishing is also available.

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The 46-site wooded campground offers a great weekend getaway with campsites equipped with 30 amp electric hookup, picnic table and fire ring. An accessible shower building, playground and dump station are located within the campground.

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Gift Shop


Nature's Niche Gifts & Books offer a variety of nature-related items. Everything from handcrafted jewelry and trinkets, to books, games, bird feeders, garden decore and more. It is also the best place to find artwork by John Ruthven and Kate Albert, as well as a great inventory of Charley Harper collectibles!

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Golf Course


This 18-hole course has a great history on the west side of town with dedicated golfers and great league play. It makes for a good walkers course and also features a practice range.

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The harbor area overlooks a beautiful 85-acre lake and offers access to fishing and boating, snack bar with outdoor dining area, trail access and more.

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Simmonds Family Dog Park

The Simmonds Family Dog Park is the largest off-leash dog park in the region with 11-acres for the pups to run. They will enjoy different play fields, shade, agility zones and access to water.

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Shaker Trace Nursery

Located in Miami Whitewater Forest, the Shaker Trace Nursery was created in the spring of 1992 to harvest and store native prairie and wetland seed habitat restoration projects. Since then, the nursery has grown to include seed collection and processing as well as raising fish for sustainable stocking of Great Parks’ fishing lakes. Shaker Trace Nursery is comprised of a drying barn, greenhouse, several outbuildings, plant beds and aquaculture ponds.

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Soccer Field Rentals


Soccer game and practice fields are available for rent at the Miami Whitewater Forest Soccer Complex. The fields may also be used for Ultimate Frisbee, football, lacrosse, disc golf and more.

For more information on soccer field rental, please call 513-742-1091 or visit the athletic field reservations page.

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Miami Whitewater Forest features multiple trails, including the paved 7.8-mile Shaker Trace trail and 1.4-mile fitness trail, as well as the 1.7-mile Badlands, 0.8-mile Oakleaf, 0.6-mile Tallgrass Prairie and 2.1-mile Timberlakes nature trails, plus two horseback riding trails.

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Visitor Center


Great place to stop in if you are looking for some nature education with the kids. The center features live animals and interactive displays. The center also features a Nature's Niche Gifts & Books.

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Upcoming Events

  • Wet Playground Closure

    The wet playground at Miami Whitewater Forest has permanently closed.

    Part of Great Parks’ mission is to provide outdoor recreation for present and future generations. Parky’s Pirate Cove provided guests with memorable experiences since it first opened in 1996. Being one of the first wet playgrounds in the region, regulatory requirements, design standards and guest expectations have evolved since Parky’s Pirate Cove opened. Simply put, the wet playground has reached the end of its life cycle.

    What does this mean for our guests?
    There is still plenty to do, see and experience at Miami Whitewater Forest. We encourage all guests to continue to take advantage of everything the largest Great Park has to offer. Recreational opportunities at Miami Whitewater Forest include the traditional playground, trails, boating, biking, fishing and disc golf.

    Great Parks also offers wet playgrounds at Winton Woods and Woodland Mound, as well as spray fountains at Sharon Woods. A variety of traditional playgrounds can be found throughout the park district.

    What happens next?
    As we move toward the future, we will be developing a Park and Facility Master Plan for Miami Whitewater Forest and for all of our parks. As part of these master plans, residents will have the opportunity to share their ideas through community engagement opportunities. Learning the priorities of our residents will help us identify the best way to create outdoor spaces where all guests will create memories and be able to connect with nature.

    Visit mygreatparks.com to learn more about Great Parks’ Comprehensive Master Plan.

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