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Hickory Trail is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Ross, Ohio that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 2.9 mi Elevation gain 72 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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Greg Lind
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Hiking

Great for trail running, hiking, or walking. Best part of the trail is the sections that run through the forest. Very enjoyable hike. The gravel road section allows for great bird watching and nice views across the restoration areas.

travis leonard
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Hiking

great hike at fernald. pretty flat, but linger than it seems with a head wind always on the last .5 miles hesding back to visitor center. can get very muddy after a good rain.

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Miles W
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Hiking

Pretty easy walk with lots of different scenery and wildlife.

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Thomas Raleigh
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Hiking

Closed for covid 19

Ron Z.
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Jessee Smith
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Bird Watching

If you’re into birds, there’s hardly a better place in the greater Cincinnati area to see things you won’t find in your backyard. The ponds are great for waterfowl, and you may see a northern harrier in the fields or a red-headed woodpecker among the trees. The trail is nearly flat, so not a workout, but the peace and quiet and beautiful surroundings are very pleasant. I am looking forward to visiting through the seasons to see what dragonflies and butterflies visit, and maybe catch a glimpse of the beavers at work.

Mrs. G
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Hiking

Most of the trail is a gravel access road without much scenery. There is a beautiful section in the middle that lasts maybe a half mile. Nothing to write home about.

Oliver Moisio
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Hiking

Mostly gravel and some runs through the forest on the middle mile

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Arch Angel
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Nice loop trail. Well maintained and easy to follow. There is a nice wildlife viewing blind not far from the beginning where you can stop and enjoy the wildlife in the area. Mostly flat and there are a couple of swampy areas once you get into the woods. Nothing horrible, but I wouldn't wear sandals. Overall a great, relaxing walk.

Tami D.
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Hiking

Nice 3 mile trail. Easy to hike. Wildlife was the best part of this hike. Seen a couple deer in the middle of the day. I highly recommend this trail if your into nature.

Mrs. G
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Very easy trail, also pretty boring. Most of the trail is a gravel road. The small part of the trail in the woods provided breathtaking views, but it was a very short time spent in the woods. I’d skip this one.

Josh Browning
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Nice trail, well maintained and marked. Mix of gravel road into some forest area along a creek. Lots of wildlife viewing opportunity, specially birds.

Steve Brewer
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Hiking

Fernald Preserve contains three out and back trails totaling 6 miles which run through mixed forested and prairie settings. They are all flat and easy and include some hiking on preserve roadways. The northern Hickory Trail is three miles long and includes a bird blind. To the south is the 1.9 mile Sycamore Trail and .7 mile Shingle Oak Trail which are both connected and include a number of side trails to areas of interest. There is also a museum in the center that tells the history of the Fernald Plant and its cleanup.

Brett Otto
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Allan Finke
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Cassie Ann
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Daniel Gray
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Richard Twiggs
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Jessee Smith
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Karyn Slominski
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Tamara Kornau
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John Dillaman
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Nick Lacinak
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Jessee Smith
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Tamara Kornau
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Jeff Dillaman
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Tom Witt
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Caroline Schmitz
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B Miller
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Ryan Rahe
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