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Great for doggo walkin and bits of water splashin.

Nice trail about 200 feet of elevation difference, river, waterfalls and old woods.

We did a loop here a couple of days ago and enjoyed the hike but didn't actually make it to the falls. If you want to see the falls, take 8 all the way to the end and 7 to falls overlooks. You can (I think) take 2 along the riverbed to view the falls from below, but with dogs along we were worried about them hurting legs between the rocks. Trail 8 it easy after the initial climb up to the ridge. The other trails are more challenging with lots of stairs and climbs up and down. A fun area, but bring a trail map to keep track of where you are at the many trail junctions.

Decent overall, but trail could use some maintenance. Also, I went today (March 12, 2018) and two significant portions of the trail were completely underwater.
Two stretches are along roads, one of which is quite busy.
Some nice secluded stretches and a pleasant stroll through Pioneer Village.

Last visited this area 25 years ago. Was much better then because you
could hike along the river gorge and walk right up to the falls. Trail map is poor and markers along the way are largely useless. Map shows Big Clifty visible from both trails 7 and 8,but there is no view from 8 at all. The view from 7 is largely obstructed by trees from the overlook, and the size of the falls can't really be appreciated from above. Very disappointing and there were no park employees around to ask questions of. No park fee though. Won't be back, it's been "improved" too much. Need distance markers to the attractions and not signage strung up on cables over the creeks.

13 days ago

Nice trail with plenty of postcard shots along the way.

Beautiful scenic area hidden in a deep cut cove.

Peaceful and easy trail that connects to the others.

Really nice trail. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to do all of it due to all the flooding. I would recommend waiting if it’s been raining a lot during the week or checking the water level before you go. Because, a lot of the trail is right next to the lake.

One of the best trails at the Cincinnati Nature Center- takes you high up and down low. You’ll cross a creek three times during the trail, they have stepping rocks but plan on the possibility of your feet getting wet.

fun quick trail that the kids loved. there are forks all over though that are not the loop so just pay attention

I love this little trail! It is sufficiently challenging, especially if you take the PawPaw trail down the other side of the ridge. It’s well marked and has some great views of the river (at least with no leaves on the trees!)

Trail was easy except for the mud. Good water features and fun suspended bridge was nice. Will redo in the summer

Went yesterday and had an amazing time. This is one of my favorite places in the spring/summer. Cozy little vibe and lots to explore. Highly recommend, we also saw the sunset which was gorgeous!

beautiful views. Totally worth the walk

Fun trail for kids and beginners. Incredible views. Huge icicles in the colder months!

3 months ago

beautiful trails

I have hiked this loop many times. If you have a park map, you have to patch the loop together; To acheive the outer loop, you hike 3,4, and 5. At the end of 5, in order to make it a loop, you have to do a water crossing and scramble up and bank to meet trail 6 (or you can do an additional 1 mile road walk to avoid the crossing). Continue on 6 to 7, then meet up with 8 at the north side of the park. Take 8 all the way along the west side then hook up with 2/3 at the southern end (water crossing). I have measure this to be a 7.5 mile loop. I like this hike because it is very scenic and I can do a quick 7 miles in 2.5 - 3 hours

My boyfriend and I love to take our dog out on this trail. The creek at the base is nice and the paths straight up the hill give you a pretty good work out. We come here often.

3 months ago

I go with my dog all the time because I can hike there. kudos to the volunteers who maintain the trails.

I have no idea why they call this the "loop trail". If you get the park map, which you should, youll realize this "loop" shown here is a combination of several separate trails. There is no trail called "loop trail" at the park. Basically there are three main trail segments. Trail 8 goes along the west side of the ravine, trail 2 goes up the middle of the ravine, and trail 7, in combination with other trials, covers the east side of the ravine. I know trail 2 is 5 miles so I dont see how going all the way around could be 5 miles, Im sure its more like 8 at least. These trails are rugged-moderate with several great things to see along the east side. I have not traveled trail 8 (west side) but all the main attractions are found on the east side of the ravine on trails 5-7.

3 months ago

great recreational trail, epic view of Cincinnati

So beautiful on a fall day . Easy with kids .

Great trail, kinda reminded me of the Burr Oak Backpack Trail but half the distance, lots of views of the lake, a little sketchy hiking along route 73 and on the bridge, the whole trail was challenging yet fun due to the week of on and off rain prior and a layer of leaves which then turned it into a "slip n slide", all in all I enjoyed it and will return

Loved it!! Great hike, great views.

Trail is well Mark and kept very nice. I don't understand why the lower Holly Trail is up on top of the ridge, yet there is another Trail just below it does not appear on all Trails. there is also the Osage, the PTA I think it was and a few other Trails off of this trail that were marked but do not come up in the alltrails Explorer function or search function

Easy little hike, awesome scenery especially with the fall colors and after a rain, you can do the South Gorge trail but 1 of the bridges is closed so it's not a loop, just take the Rim Trail instead to create the loop.

I like this trail, not too easy and not terribly long. A nice walk. I take my time and listen to podcasts or go with a buddy and have a chat. Not too hard if you are in ok shape.

Well maintained trail. Have hiked year round. Very dog friendly. Check Cincinnati Nature Center website for activities. Lots of programs.

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