Best Easy Day Hikes Cincinnati

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Best Easy Day Hikes

Cincinnati

ISBN: 0762758503

Overview

The astonishing view stretched to the horizon. I sat on a bench, surveying the landmarks below – the Great Miami River where it flowed into the mighty Ohio River, the green hills of Kentucky and Indiana beyond. Shawnee Lookout was but one of many gorgeous and historic destinations in this book. I mentally reflected on other destinations, recounting all the scenic hikes of greater Cincinnati. Along the Ohio River corridor one hike travels beside the big water while availing views near and far. Another river hike has still more views and old growth forest. To the south, two hikes explore important state nature preserves, where big trees stood centuries in the making. Another hike roams creek bottoms with even bigger trees, a place of stunning scenery. Withrow Nature Preserve displays yet another great view of the Ohio River from atop impressive bluffs. Forest areas to the north offer loops traveling hills, streams and ponds in a biologically rich array of flora and fauna. One hike wanders along the historic Miami-Erie Canal while also diving through a waterfall-filled canyon. Developed parks combine recreational trails with paths voyaging through protected natural areas. Yet another hike visits developed gardens and beyond, into pond, meadow and creek wetlands and through restored prairies. East Fork State Park has its own jewels. The Fern Hill Trail presented a loop that surmounts hilly terrain cut by rocky streams in deep hollows. Another hike roams along the East Fork Lake and through diverse flatwoods. Other watery venues include Sycamore Park, where the hike cruises by river rapids and pools bordered with wildflower rich bottoms. In-town Cincinnati avails its own destinations. Mount Airy Forest, one of Cincinnati’s first parks, delivers a woodsy circuit that includes a trip up the famed Stone Steps. Caldwell Nature Preserve has big trees, views and clear creeks. The Creek Trail at French Park features everywhere-you-look beauty as French Creek cascades over layer after layer of limestone.

With this book in hand and willing feet you can explore the greater Cincinnati region. No matter where you go, the trails in this book will enhance your outdoor experience and leave you appreciating the natural splendors of the Tri-state. Enjoy.

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View from Shawnee Overlook

Hiking Cincinnati

Trail Finder

Best Hikes for Lake Lovers

7 Loops of Miami Whitewater Forest

9 Gorge Trail and Lake Loop at Sharon Woods

15 Red Fox Trail

17 East Fork Loop

Best Hikes for Children

4 Fernbank Park Hike

5 Shawnee Lookout

15 Red Fox Trail

19 Withrow Woods Preserve Walk

Best Hikes for Dogs

2 Middle Creek Park Loop

11 Winton Woods Hike

14 French Park

18 Sycamore Park Loop

Best Hikes for Great Views

5 Shawnee Lookout

6 Little Turtle/Blue Jacket Double Loop

10 Glenwood Gardens

19 Withrow Woods Preserve Walk

Best Hikes for Solitude

1 Boone Cliffs State Nature Preserve

3 Dinsmore Woods State Nature Preserve Loop

12 Stone Steps Loop at Mount Airy Forest

16 Fern Hill Trail

Best Hikes for River and Stream Lovers

2 Middle Creek Park Loop

8 Rentschler Forest Hike

14 French Park

18 Sycamore Park Loop

Best Hikes for Nature Lovers

7 Loops of Miami Whitewater Forest

11 Winton Woods Hike

13 Caldwell Preserve Loop

20 California Woods Nature Preserve