Rowe Woods Perimeter Trail

MODERATE 47 reviews

Rowe Woods Perimeter Trail is a 11.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Union, Ohio that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
11.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,105 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Rowe Woods trails wind through Eastern deciduous forest, fields, streams and ponds. Rowe Woods in Milford, Ohio is just east of Cincinnati, spanning 1,025 acres (including 65 acres of old growth forest) and offering more than 16 miles of hiking trails.

Great resource for many different trail experiences. Well kept and well marked trails, plus the visitor center is a cozy place to stop by afterwards. The children's playscape is designed nicely and a fun bonus area.

hiking
3 months ago

Fantastic all the way around. They recently re-routed a section of the Far Ridge Trail, but it is only a slight deviation from the standard route and clearly marked. Plenty of squirrels and chipmunks along the path to keep you company, and lots of visibility making it easy to admire the contour of the land. This is probably the nicest hiking trail in the Cincinnati area. The Rim Trail at Caesar Creek comes close, but probably only because of the views of the lake.

3 months ago

Would have been nice to know about the cost to get in. I don't bring my wallet to go for a walk... just frustrated.

4 months ago

love trail running here!!!

5 months ago

it's our favorite local trail. having to have a paid membership keeps all of the riff raff out. they have lots of fun events too for members

hiking
6 months ago

I completed the perimeter a couple weeks ago my GPS read 11.1 miles. These are the best trails in the Cincinnati area. I frequent the perimeter trails here where there is a little less traffic. If you live in the area the yearly membership is well worth it. There are some decent hills, stone and wood steps, as well as prairies and creek crossings. Love these trails and take my dogs as well. They do have very strict leash requirements but I appreciate that as it can be quite annoying having random unleashed dogs run up to you or your dogs on leashes.

7 months ago

Probably the best hike you're going to find in the Cincinnati area--certainly the best I've yet to experience. The trails are well maintained but this still makes for a moderately challenging ten-ish mile hike. Enough diversity in the scenery and terrain to keep it interesting on subsequent go-arounds. I take my dog here several times per summer.

The $9 price tag makes a yearly membership worth considering.

9 months ago

Superb trail quality, back side of perimeter trail tends to get muddy when raining though. They’re introducing gravel to these problem areas though. Great for trail running. Nice facilities to go along with it.

hiking
9 months ago

Pretty diverse terrain and wildlife, the trails are in good shape, and some of the ridge top views are awesome!

hiking
10 months ago

Well maintained and fantastic hiking with plenty of variety in terrain. Will definitely do again.

hiking
11 months ago

Great variety of terrain. Beautiful views and landscape. Well maintained trails.

hiking
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Hiked the full perimeter. Map states this is 10.12 miles, but it's 11 with mileage to/from visitors center to start the trail. This is more challenging with the addition of Far Ridge trail as part of the perimeter hike. Great hike to be so close to the city.

hiking
Sunday, December 03, 2017

Nice trails

hiking
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Great long local trail. The yellow loop is the most difficult, with a lot of steep steps. I enjoyed the views on the green the best.

hiking
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

I've hiked this trail numerous times, in all seasons and weather. The trails are not difficult and are well maintained. I have seen numerous deer, wild turkeys, fox and several different species of hawk and owl. This is a very dog friendly environment. Well worth the price of admission.

hiking
Sunday, October 01, 2017

Nice weather & a dry trail. Not too many people the further you get out on the trails. Moderate is a fair rating - some short portions are very uphill.

Monday, September 04, 2017

One of my favorite trails in Cincy, with lots of creeks, valleys, and changing elevation. Tons of benches around for relaxing near cool views. It is well marked, though a trail map is recommended due to the number of different loops. Biggest con is the $9 price tag for adults, but I don't mind supporting a preserve

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

A good choice for a family hike, but not as much for a nature enthusiast. The trails are scenic and well marked but much of it is covered in gravel. I guess this helps with drainage and erosion control, but I'd rather a little mud than the constant noise of rocks grinding under my feet. Add in the $11 admission fee for my dog and I, and the overall experience was just average.

hiking
Saturday, June 17, 2017

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

trail running
Monday, May 15, 2017

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.

hiking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

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.

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