Very well kept trails, there are multiple looped trails to take that include parts of this loop trail

trail running
1 month ago

Red Bird and Fern trails offer decent hill climbs with changing terrain. The perimeter is the way to go. Bought membership and made this a fixture of training.

only managed the redwing half of the perimeter. wonderful couple of hours.

The perimeter trail is 8.4 miles, plus mileage to get to trail. Cincy Nature Center is very busy, but not as many people on the perimeter trail. Trails are well marked and easy to follow. Some up and downs make this trail moderate. There is a staircase (194 steps) at about the mid point of the loop. Going counter clockwise will have you going up the stairs.

My wife and I have been members of Cincinnati Nature center for many years. It is without a doubt the best place for day hiking in the greater Cincinnati area. The scenery is great and varied, from meadows to streams to rugged hillsides and great forest. The trails are well maintained and marked clearly. The upside to a fee being charged or having a membership is you RARELY see a piece of trash or garbage ANYWHERE. I never get tired of hiking here. If you go very early in the morning on a weekend you will not see many people. As it gets closer to noon things really start to pick-up especially in the summer. If you live in the greater Cincinnati area and love to hike, bird or just be outdoors, I would highly encourage a membership. They have great education programs for children as well as adults. It's a great place to get your kids outside and teach them the beauty of the natural world. Can't say enough good things about CNC!!!

The Cincinnati Nature Center is one of my favorite places on earth. My Mom felt the same way, which is why the first bench on the lake boardwalk is dedicated to her...Ellen Kobman. She volunteered there for years and instilled in me and my twin sister her love for its beauty, serenity, awe-inspiring scenery, and abundance of wildlife. On a sunny day, you'll see more turtles and frogs in their many ponds than you'll seen anywhere else in the Tri-state area. Don't be surprised if you also see raccoons, fox, deer....more critters and variety of birds than you can count. I see something different every time I go, and I never leave without a smile on my face, a filled soul, and a happy heart. won't be disappointed. My Mom will make sure if that. :)

Completed the perimeter hike, minus the Lookout Trail loop. The trip is upload and little over 7.5 miles. The full loop would be 8.8 mils. With exception of couple of portions, this trail is more easy than moderate. Well marked and great trail system so close to the city. Many different ways to vary mileage and difficulty. As noted in other reviews, $9 admission per person, $2 per dog.

I believe that this is the same as the Cincinnati Nature Center. It costs $9 per person to enter. There is also an option to purchase a membership. For those who live in the area, this may prove to be worthwhile. Although, I wasn't expecting the entrance fee, the system of trails did not disappoint. I spent a few hours there, trail map in hand. It seems to be a popular area to hike. The outer loops, which were more difficult, had fewer people, especially in the early afternoon. There is a trail for all skill levels, and the trails make up a continuous network, which allow for a very long trek. The scenery is beautiful, the trails pretty well marked, and the employees and fellow hikers were friendly. Most enjoyable for me was the creek, with stepping stones placed strategically for easy crossing. I don't think I could ever get tired of this place!