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Adventure Outpost

Winton Woods

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Adventure Outpost

10248 MCKELVEY ROAD, CINCINNATI, OH 45231 | 513-521-2345

Adventure Outpost’s knowledgeable, certified staff will arm you with the skills, confidence and support you need to make the most of your time outdoors. Take a class in anything from kayaking to archery to backpacking basics, head out together for a bike ride or trail run or bring your group for a day of team building.
Adventure Outpost Group Camp
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10248 McKelvey Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45231

513-521-2345

For a place to bring your group together, visit Adventure Outpost Campground at Winton Woods. The campground is located within walking distance of a disc golf course and fitness trail and is a five-minute drive to Winton Woods harbor. It consists of four rustic cabins that can accommodate up to 32 people. Sharing space with the Adventure Outpost facility, the area is often bustling with public classes for kayaking, archery, wilderness skills and more.

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Adventure Programs
From wooded trail runs to backpacking basics, you can tap into your wild side and meet fitness goals in the great outdoors.


Backpacking: Stoves and Cooking

Backpacking: Stoves and Cooking

Sat 10/27, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

There is nothing better than a hot meal after a long day of hiking. Come sample a few of the many options of backpacking cuisine and cooking gear following a quick hike with one of our experienced outdoor instructors. For ages 12 and up. Winton Woods/Great Oaks Trail ($20/person, register by 3 days in advance)

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Wilderness Skills: Fire and the Marshmallow Challenge

Wilderness Skills: Fire and the Marshmallow Challenge

Sat 11/3, 10 a.m.  


The skill to create fire is crucial for survival by providing heat, water purification, signaling, food preparation and comfort. Fire starting techniques will be discussed and demonstrated before participants take on a “s’more challenge”! For ages 8 and up. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($10/person, register by 3 days in advance)

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Backpacking: Maps and Water

Backpacking: Maps and Water

Sat 11/10, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

You may be able to survive three days without water, but would you want to? Work with one of our outdoor instructors to determine how to locate and treat stream water while backpacking. For ages 12 and up. Winton Woods/Kingfisher Trail ($15/person, register by 3 days in advance)

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Biking
Join us April through October for group bike trips around Great Parks or out on a local trail. And keep an eye out throughout the year for mountain bike demo days at Mitchell Memorial Forest.​


Outdoor Archery
Join the instructors for a compound bow course on an outdoor archery range. All equipment is provided, so adults and children ages 8 and up can focus on developing and improving skills in this challenging sport.​


Outdoor Archery

Outdoor Archery

Sun 9/2, 1-2:30 p.m. 
Sun 9/8, 1-2:30 p.m. 
Sun 9/16, 9-10:30 a.m. 
Sun 9/23, 9-10:30 a.m.
 Sun 10/14, 1-2:30 p.m. 
Sat 10/20, 1-2:30 p.m.- Full 
Sat 11/10, 1-2:30 p.m. 
Sun 11/11, 1-2:30 p.m. 
Sun 11/18, 1-2:30 p.m. 

Aiming for a new way to enjoy the great outdoors? Try out your skills with a little target practice! Our archery instructor will guide you through the basics of shooting a compound bow while explaining the archery steps to success. All equipment is provided. For ages 8 and up. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($16/person, register by 3 days in advance)

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Outdoor Archery: Adults Only

Outdoor Archery: Adults Only

Sat 10/6, 9:30–11 a.m.

This one is just for the adults! Aiming for a new way to enjoy the great outdoors? Try your skills with a little target practice! Our archery instructor will guide you through the basics of shooting a compound bow while explaining the archery steps to success. All equipment is provided. For ages 18 and up. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($16/person, register by 3 days in advance)

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Outdoor Archery II

Outdoor Archery II

Sun 10/7,  1:30–3 p.m.
Sat 11/3,  2–3:30 p.m. 
Sat 11/17,  9–10:30 a.m.

Have you already taken a Great Parks’ outdoor archery class and you’re looking for more time on the range? Then this program a shot! After quickly reviewing the steps to archery success, archers will build on their skills, knowledge and experience. For ages 10 and up. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($16/person, register by 3 days in advance)

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Archery Distance Shooting

Archery Distance Shooting

Sun 10/21, 2–3:30 p.m.

Have you already taken a Great Parks’ outdoor archery class and want to further improve your accuracy and try a little more distance? Give this challenge a shot! After quickly reviewing the steps to archery success, archers will aim toward hitting the target from a couple further distances a few feet back from the first shot. For ages 13 and up. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($16/person, register by 3 days in advance)

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Archery Accuracy & Games

Archery Accuracy & Games

Sun 11/4, 1–2:30 p.m.

Have you already taken a Great Parks’ outdoor archery class and want to further improve your shot? Then this program is right on target! After quickly reviewing the steps to archery success, archers will aim towards increasing accuracy and test their skills with the different challenges. For ages 8 and up. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($17/person, register by 3 days in advance)

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Paddling Opportunities
Class Duration Description Requirements
Friday Night Floats
1.5 hours
Learn the basics of boats, safety and paddling on calm, flat water before heading out onto the lake at sunset.
- Beginners
- Ages 8+
ACA Smart Starts
2 hours Learn to maneuver a solo kayak on flat water. Class is taught by an American Canoe Association (ACA) instructor and focuses on basic safety practices and paddling techniques.
- Beginners
- Ages 10+
ACA Quick Starts
3 hours Learn to kayak on flat water from an American Canoe Association (ACA) instructor. This class is designed for beginners with a focus on safety and rescue, gear and paddling techniques.​
- Beginners
- Ages 12+
Little Miami River Trip
6 hours Join ACA instructors on the Little Miami River practicing skills and learning about river features, hazards and introductory river maneuvers.
- ACA Quick Start grads
- Ages 14+
Great Miami River Trip 6 hours Join ACA instructors for a day on the Great Miami River focusing on advancing introductory river skills to be applied on a Class 1 river.
- ACA Quick Start grads
- Ages 14+
On-the-water classes are offered May through September. Start with the basics on Winton Lake and build up to trips on the Little Miami River and the Great Miami River! All equipment is provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult on the water.

Team Building
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Set your staff, class or teammates up for success with a full or half day of team building. Adventure Outpost staff will lead your group through a customized package of outdoor activities designed to foster a strong, agile and efficient team.

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Meet the Staff
Tom BuckleyTom Buckley, Manager
Tom is the Adventure Outpost Manager and has been teaching outdoors for longer than he wants to admit. He is committed to helping others discover their own adventures and challenge themselves, all within their backyard parks. He is an American Canoe Association (ACA) certified Level 3 River Canoe and Level 2 River Kayak instructor, a certified Wilderness First Responder, trained as an American Mountain Guide Association Climbing Wall Instructor and United Kingdom Mountain Leader, and is a Leave No Trace Master Educator. Tom is currently finishing his Master’s in Environmental Science focusing on Sustainability and Experiential Education. He believes there is no such thing as bad weather.


Jen HilbertJen Hilbert, Coordinator

Jen began her career with Great Parks in 2001 as a Nature Interpreter, and is currently an Adventure Outpost Coordinator. She feels lucky to have been able to share her knowledge and passion of the great outdoors with others over the past 17 years. Jen has achieved several certifications and training, including American Canoe Association (ACA) Level 2 River Kayak instructor; ACA Level 2 River Canoe instructor; USA Archery Level 2 instructor; National Archery in the School Program (NASP) instructor; Wilderness First Aid certified; Experiential Systems Challenge Course lead facilitator; League Cycling instructor; Leave No Trace trainer; first-aid certified; CPR/AED certified; and epinephrine administration certified. In her free time, Jen enjoys adventures such as backpacking, anything on the water and even ice climbing. One of Jen’s proudest accomplishments was working with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Volunteer Crew to build scree walls and rock cairns above the tree line on Mount Washington.

Allison ConeAllison Cone, Coordinator
After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Dayton and interning for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Allison joined Great Parks in 2010. During her career in experiential education, Allison has served as a river guide for the Great Ohio River Paddle, volunteered as an Adventure Team Specialist and Class Mentor with the American Youth Foundation and coordinated Ohio River Foundation’s River Explorer program. She holds certifications as an ACA Level 2 River Canoe and Level 2 River Kayak instructor, National Archery in School Program (NASP) instructor, Experiential Systems (ESI) Challenge Course lead facilitator and Environmental Education Council of Ohio (ECCO) Environmental Educator. In addition, she obtained certifications in Wilderness First Aid, First Aid, AED, CPR and Epinephrine and is trained as an Associate for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) In-House Inspector. When not working in the great outdoors, Allison can be found on the ice, playing broomball with the Cincinnati Broomball Association.
Contact Us
Interested in a private program or just want to know more about Adventure Outpost? Contact us at adventureoutpost@greatparks.org.
Women in the Outdoors Series
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Venture into the outdoors to cultivate your skills, discover new friends, and begin your next great adventure. Join our female guides on the trail, in the woods and on the water as we build confidence and community together.

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Adventure Outpost

10245 Winton Road
Cincinnati, OH 45231


Phone: 513-521-2345

Adventure Outpost