Incinerator and Bates-Coombs Loop

MODERATE 95 reviews
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Incinerator and Bates-Coombs Loop is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Covington, Kentucky that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.7 miles
390 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers

Neat and clean, well maintained.

23 days ago

Dense forest with trails mostly catering to mountain bikers. Actually makes for a nice place to hike since anyone passing by bike will be out of sight quickly. Devou-tion is quite steep and I saw no one on this seciton as opposed to being passed probably 5 times on the other sections.

2 months ago

Too many bikers. Not a lot of scenery. Was a great trail to get the heart rate up but had to share with a lot bikers and runners. Went on a Saturday morning though so that may have had something to do with it.

3 months ago

Trail was rated appropriately. There’s not a lot to look at though and there were only bikes on the trail. No other hikers. I wouldn’t recommend for hiking when there lots of other great trails in the area that are for hikers only.

5 months ago


10 months ago

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

10 months ago

great recreational trail, epic view of Cincinnati

trail running
Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Challenging but fun! Peaceful and mountain bikers were very courteous of runners sharing the trail.

trail running
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Afternoon Trek - Devou Park Back Country Bike/Hike Trails: Visiting Ohio, staying in Cincinnati - Started out at trail head near (old) baseball diamond at border of Covington, Ludlow, KY. From trail head went up “incinerator.” Crossed over on “Bates-Coombs Loop.” After loop, went back to “Incinerator.” From there, all the way up to “Pigs Tail;” then, crossed-over on to “Back Bowl” then, down on “Trail of Devou-tion.” “Devou-tion” was a difficult path compared to the other ones I took (also, “one-way”). Ended trek pretty much where I started. The old incinerator is pretty cool - nice graffiti. So is the older train trestle bridge. The trails are well-maintained, in good condition. Bikers were very courteous. Few if any bikers / hikers day of my visit. Well-worth a visit if you’re not from here...

trail running
Friday, August 11, 2017

Started out at trail head for John Volz Nature Trail in the upper part of Devou Park in Covington, KY. Trail is very pretty, easy to navigate until you reach area where cement walking path, steps start. There, you may encounter some low-hanging overgrowth, deteriorating steps. Going down path is easy (fair slope); going up seems harder (incline). Kind of wandered around a lot (looking at path on AllTrails); just wanted to get by band shell, see some of parks pretty spots like lookout point. Friend has niece who paints rocks; left one on trail (see photo). Few if hikers or even walkers day of my visit. Well-worth a visit if you’re not from here...

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The day I visited it was VERY muddy and slippery - so much that it limited my ability to enjoy the hike. We also thought trail signs were a bit confusing.

Friday, June 02, 2017

Nice trails. Definitely more suited for trail bikes but signs offer requirements to give way to hikers. Everyone very courteous on trails. Found myself standing aside with my dog in patches of poison ivy quite often. I'm not allergic but my son is so my dog got a bath that night. Something to keep in mind. Long socks if you are allergic.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Actually Trail Running. Great Hills. Challenging terrain. Solid system for Trail Running.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Awesome place to hike with dogs. Only thing is watch out for the bicyclists! they can come around those corners pretty fast!

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Best mountain bike trails in Cincinnati area, good variety of technical and cross country.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Took my dogs there on Sunday. Really enjoyed it although I got lost. The bikers seem extremely irritated to see a walker on the trail, even though I did my best to get out of their way (we are allowed there ya know!). Very nice walk. Will go back.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Several different trail options here, and very fun to go to. Also, the trail is very well spaced out, along with the train tracks hovering above the entrance. Great time!

trail running
Monday, September 12, 2016

Love running this trail! Mountain bike heavy so make sure to stay alert. Also be sure to lfind Devou Park Trails on Facebook for trail updates and closures

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Perfect weather not hot! Not difficult

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Great trail that is marked very well. There are a lot of mountain bikers. I would recommend this trail. 4.7 miles in just over two hours.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Good walk

Sunday, June 19, 2016

definitely works your legs out it took us 2 hrs to complete had a lot of fun

Monday, May 30, 2016

It was a lot of fun! We took a the trail and it wasn't overly strenuous at all. We took a wrong path and came out on a golf course, but were able to find the road and our car. Perfect for a small little adventure with friends.

trail running
Sunday, May 15, 2016

Trail was great but a little muddy. Followed another reviewer's advice to take every left and completed 3.6 miles.

Friday, April 29, 2016

nice, quiet, beautiful

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A little confusing at first. There are really short trails right off of the parking area at Devou Park. Once we got our bearings it was great, though!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

loved it me and my kid's

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

very hilly and rocky
great hike

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Beautiful scenery and a challenging trail at times. Plus a wonderfully creepy run-down incinerator at the trail head. Great place to hike.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

We had a great time on this hike. Just watch out for bikers! We started the loop from the entrance by the creepy abandoned building and just stayed to the left to complete the whole 4.6. Great views on the backside facing the city during fall.

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