Miami Woods Park Loop

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Miami Woods Park Loop is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hamilton, Ohio that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and bird watching. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
236 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

wildlife

hiking
10 days ago

This was the first trail I suggested to be added to the database. I perhaps should have rated it as moderate if Renstchler Forest is listed as moderate.

That having been said, Miami Woods is a decent enough trail for getting in some elevation as far as doing so near Hamilton. I think its about the longest and tallest single climb in the immediate area other than Harbin Park.

I recorded going clockwise. The main trail continues straight across the bottom of the inner loop. Points of interest are the small meadow on the inner loop, a creek on the eastern side of inner loop and it is a section built as an Eagle Scout project with a marker along the trail. Directly across the main trail from the western junction of the inner loop is a small, unofficial side path with some building ruins. A little farther up the hill from the first batch of ruins is a second with the foundation of either a grain silo or a water tower visible from the main trail. Both the west leg of the main trail and the inner loop are very broad and visible.

After crossing top of hill on north and turning south the trail becomes more single track width and drops steeply to a stream crossing. Footing can be a little sketchy. Currently (Jan 2019) there are downed trees hanging above the trail hung up in branches of other trees, could be dangerous in the wind. After a small ford and running along a creek bank the trail turns hard left and climbs steeply. At top of the hill is a T intersection, the left side leads to a park bench, main trail turns right and soon becomes paved, about a 1/8 mile is old and disintegrating black top. As you come out of the woods and skirt nearby houses and drop back towards parking you pass the pond and will want to skirt the driving range if someone is hitting balls.

Around the main loop are a couple of side paths to the left heading clockwise, one is marked and is an access path into the neighborhood to the west of the park, the others are unmarked peter out. The path is marked with small signs, the main loop is yellow, inner loop is blue, official access path on west side is green.

The trail tends to the muddy a lot of the year. It is a green tunnel with no real views but does make one feel pretty isolated from all of the private housing around the perimeter. Even with the leaves down the undergrowth is so dense it has a pretty isolating effect and is quiet. There are 3 park benches for a spell, one offset from the main trail.

With no views and the primary interest being some ruined foundations I wouldn't drive far to hike here but for locals or visitors looking for a quick walk in the woods and some better than average elevation for the area it's not a bad bet.