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

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

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Little Miami Scenic Trail Extension Project
The Little Miami Scenic Trail (LMST) currently spans five counties, extending 78 miles from Springfield, Ohio, to Anderson Township in southwestern Ohio and connects local public parks and communities. Great Parks is working with the City of Cincinnati and a consulting team to design the final phase of this trail, which will link two regional trail systems (the LMST and Ohio River Trail) and connect the Lunken Bike Path and Armleder Connector Trail in Cincinnati to the southern terminus of the LMST in Anderson Township.

This project will include a bridge widening project along Beechmont Avenue over the Little Miami Scenic River. Design of this phase is fully funded and is expected to be completed in 2018. Construction is not scheduled at this time, but will move forward as funding is acquired. The current total estimated construction costs (FY 2018) are $5,400,000 with a goal of funding 80% through federal sources and 20% through state and local sources.

Project benefits include:
  • Trail access for more than 300,000 residents live within five miles of the LMST
  • Local and regional links to numerous parks and preserves, as well as recreational, entertainment and business facilities
  • Enhancement of regional multi-model transportation options for commuters, easily linking neighborhoods and communities to the downtown central business district
  • Safety enhancements to the Beechmont bridge by increasing lane width for vehicular traffic
  • A safe, shared-use trail that is physically separated from vehicular traffic on the downstream side of roadway bridge

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Shaker Trace Trail Detours

The Shaker Trace Trail at Miami Whitewater Forest has been re-routed at the underpasses due to high water. The trail remains open with minor detours until the water recedes and debris is cleaned up.

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Shaker Trace Trail Detours
The Shaker Trace Trail at Miami Whitewater Forest has been re-routed at the underpasses due to high water. The trail remains open with minor detours until the water recedes and debris is cleaned up.
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