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Great Parks of Hamilton County offers nature, shared-use, fitness, horse and mountain bike trails spanning Hamilton County.

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  • All Trails

    TrailTypeLevelMiles
    Embshoff Woods
    FitnessFitnessModerate1.0
    Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve
    Pin OakNatureEasy0.6
    Fernbank Park
    Shared-useShared-useEasy1.2
    SycamoreNatureEasy1.0
    Francis RecreAcres
    Shared-useShared-useEasy1.0
    Glenwood Gardens
    Garden LoopNatureEasy1.1
    Wetland LoopNatureModerate1.6
    Little Miami Golf Center / Bass Island Trailhead / Avoca Trailhead
    Little Miami Scenic Trail AccessShared-useEasy78
    Miami Whitewater Forest
    BadlandsNatureModerate1.7
    OakleafNatureModerate0.8
    Shaker Trace Outer LoopShared-useModerate7.8
    Shaker Trace Inner LoopFitnessEasy/Moderate1.4
    Shaker Trace Horse TrailHorseN/A7.0
    Tallgrass PrairieNatureModerate0.6
    TimberlakesNatureModerate1.4
    Wooded Horse Trail AHorseN/A3.0
    Wooded Horse Trail BHorseN/A3.2
    Wooded Horse Trail CHorseN/A1.9
    Mitchell Memorial Forest
    Mountain BikeMt. BikeDifficult8.1
    Wood DuckNatureModerate1.0
    Otto Armleder Memorial Park & Recreation Complex
    Shared-useShared-useEasy1.9
    Armleder-Lunken ConnectorShared-useEasy1.1
    Sharon Woods
    Gorge TrailNatureModerate0.7
    Shared-useShared-useEasy2.6
    FitnessFitnessModerate1.0
    Shawnee Lookout
    Blue JacketNatureModerate1.3
    Little TurtleNatureModerate2.0
    Miami FortNatureModerate1.4
    Triple Creek
    FitnessFitnessModerate0.8
    Winton Woods
    Great OaksNatureModerate0.7
    Harbor TrailShared-useEasy1.7
    KingfisherNatureModerate1.1
    FitnessFitnessModerate1.1
    West BranchShared-useEasy0.9
    Winton Woods Riding CenterHorseN/A2.6
    Woodlot Trail/Parky's FarmNatureEasy0.15
    Withrow Nature Preserve
    Trout LilyNatureModerate1.6
    Woodland Mound
    HedgeappleNatureModerate0.6
    Shared-useShared-useEasy1.2
    FitnessFitnessModerate1.0
    SeasongoodNatureModerate0.8
  • 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. 

    TrailTypeLevelMiles
    Embshoff Woods
    FitnessFitnessModerate1.0
    Miami Whitewater Forest
    Shaker Trace Inner LoopFitnessEasy/Moderate1.4
    Sharon Woods
    FitnessFitnessModerate1.0
    Triple Creek
    FitnessFitnessModerate0.8
    Winton Woods
    FitnessFitnessModerate1.1
    Woodland Mound
    FitnessFitnessModerate1.0
  • Horse Trails

    Horse trails are free to use and open for public use. Hikers, pets, bicycles and motor vehicles are prohibited.


    Miami Whitewater Forest


    Shaker Trace Horse Trail

    The Shaker Trace Horse Trail is open year-round from dawn to dusk. This trail is 7.0-miles round-trip. The trail begins at the horse trailer parking lot, which is located on Mt. Hope Road less than a half mile south of New Haven and Dry Fork Roads.


    Wooded Horse Trails

    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 the 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.

    TrailTypeLevelMiles
    Miami Whitewater Forest
    Shaker Trace Horse TrailHorseN/A7.0
    Wooded Horse Trail AHorseN/A3.0
    Wooded Horse Trail BHorseN/A3.2
    Wooded Horse Trail CHorseN/A1.9
    Winton Woods
    Winton Woods Riding CenterHorseN/A2.6
  • 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 OakNatureEasy0.6
    Fernbank Park
    SycamoreNatureEasy1.0
    Glenwood Gardens
    Garden LoopNatureEasy1.1
    Wetland LoopNatureModerate1.6
    Miami Whitewater Forest
    BadlandsNatureModerate1.7
    OakleafNatureModerate0.8
    Tallgrass PrairieNatureModerate0.6
    TimberlakesNatureModerate1.4
    Mitchell Memorial Forest
    Wood DuckNatureModerate1.0
    Sharon Woods
    Gorge TrailNatureModerate0.7
    Shawnee Lookout
    Blue JacketNatureModerate1.3
    Little TurtleNatureModerate2.0
    Miami FortNatureModerate1.4
    Winton Woods
    Great OaksNatureModerate0.7
    KingfisherNatureModerate1.1
    Woodlot Trail/Parky's FarmNatureEasy0.15
    Withrow Nature Preserve
    Trout LilyNatureModerate1.6
    Woodland Mound
    HedgeappleNatureModerate0.6
    SeasongoodNatureModerate0.8
  • Shared-Use Trails

    Trail
    Type
    Level
    Miles
    Fernbank Park
    Shared-useShared-useEasy1.2
    Francis RecreAcres
    Shared-useShared-useEasy1.0
    Little Miami Golf Center / Bass Island Trailhead / Avoca Trailhead
    Little Miami Scenic Trail AccessShared-useEasy78
    Miami Whitewater Forest
    Shaker Trace Outer LoopShared-useModerate7.8
    Otto Armleder Memorial Park & Recreation Complex
    Shared-useShared-useEasy1.9
    Armleder-Lunken ConnectorShared-useEasy1.1
    Sharon Woods
    Shared-useShared-useEasy2.6
    Winton Woods
    Harbor TrailShared-useEasy1.7
    West BranchShared-useEasy0.9
    Woodland Mound
    Shared-useShared-useEasy1.2
  • 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.

    Hiking Staff Program Form

  • Little Miami Scenic Trail Extension Project

    The Little Miami Scenic Trail (LMST) is one of the longest paved, multi-use trails in the United States.

    The trail currently spans five counties, extending 78 miles from Springfield, Ohio, to Anderson Township in southwestern Ohio.

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