Caldwell Nature Preserve Trail is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cincinnati, Ohio that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. 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.

Length0.9 miElevation gain150 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashkid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestViewswild-flowersWildlifeBlowdownBridge outOver grown
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Note: There are reports of trail closures in the area. Check with Caldwell Preserve before proceeding. A little known gem of a trail. Trails wind along ridges formed by Mill Creek Watershed. Good elevation change as you pass over bridges through gorges. Forest is full of mature beech, walnut, and oak trees. This preserve is a glimpse at what the Mill Creek valley might have been before industrialization.

PDF Map of the Caldwell Nature Preserve from Cincinnati Parks http://cincyparks.com/bm~doc/trail-map-caldwell-preserve.pdf

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Margot Madison
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A little muddy and icy in a few spots.

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Frank Newbauer
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Nice hike to Mill Creek.

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Douglas Owen
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Beautiful views from the ridge tops. Be sure to take the “Paw Paw Trail” to get to the B loop on the north of the park. It’s not shown on the All Trails map, but well worth it.

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Allison Jones
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Really pretty back in there! Not a ton of markers, so hard to follow the route without constantly looking at your phone. Tried to combine with a geocache, but couldn't figure out a route to get to that part of the preserve - tons of twists and turns!

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Steve Greene
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great! if you get the chance take the trails to the mill creek!

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Roman User
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Ann Ortlepp
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Lots of ups & downs I would call moderate! Many trails off the main trail so not sure if on main trail or not map helped some!

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Jaclyn Lynch
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Ignored the AllTrails route as it didn’t make a lot of sense. Happy to see the many dog owners we passed all had their dogs on leash. My dog and I liked the portion along the creek the best.

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- 3 months ago

Thanks for the feedback. This route has been updated.

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Roman User
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Maeve Cook
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Easy trail - some incline/decline that allows for some views. Very pretty and well kept

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Mary Catherine
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Hidden gem. Trails unmarked

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J Sing
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Kate K
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very beautiful trail, especially in fall. not crowded

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Karrie Lyn
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This is a really pretty area and a nice refuge right in the city. The trails are well maintained but the signage could be better. There doesn’t seem to be a good map at the onset so take a look at the map here before you set out. It’s a small enough area that you don’t really risk getting lost but there are multiple routes you can take.

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Jaclyn Lynch
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Easy & enjoyable hike. Even with the trail covered in leaves, I found it easy to navigate. Most exciting part of the hike was almost stepping on a dangernoodle!

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Savanna Rohne
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HikingGreat!Over grown

Trails not well marked in a few places. But still beautiful

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Sue Morrison
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Great trail, perfect for an easy trail run. Parts were less groomed than others. Not too busy.

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Brandon Culp
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Maggie Schneider
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Emma Sue
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Nice trail with a creek and multiple bridges. Nice elevation changes too.

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Luisa Anaya
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Sean Grace
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Pretty well-maintained trail. There were a few forks where we ended up having to backtrack. But, all in all a fun hike. A few steep climbs, but stairs are built in.

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Steve Honkomp
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Courtney Kimball
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HikingGreat!

The trail was very well maintained! I enjoyed weaving through the network of trails. Some noise from cars and trains was audible but the great scenery made up for it.

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Tom Wurzelbacher
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Very enjoyable network of trails meandering through an small urban woodland. Not well marked but who cares when using gps. we made a point of doing this park in its entirety including a side jog to view the Mill Creek. Beautiful oasis in an otherwise industrial area of Cincinnati. Even the noise from passing freight trains added to the experience.

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Michael Carle
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Chelsea Morgan
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