Explore the most popular forest trails near Cincinnati with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

good little trail for a family hike or a quick run. its a short trail so we ran it twice. the trail offers a very nice wooded scene and the potential to see wildlife. would recommend this trail. the trail level i feel should be rated as easy. if you are in even ok shape it may leave you wanting more. not a difficult trail but still very nice and enjoyable

Beautiful trail to hike or jog- I’d rate this more easy to moderate, in comparison to other trails- would be easy with kids, where as California nature park is rated as moderate and is much more difficult

The trail is a bit overgrown in some areas and you definitely need a map or gps application to stay on the loop. It's pretty rough with roots in some areas but overall it's a great trail considering it's in the middle of a city.

Good trail for how close it is to the city. Extremely overgrown in a lot of areas, but overall a good hike.

The somewhat rugged trails make for a nice weekend hike.

I just moved to the area and assumed the trails at this park would be paved but they’re not. I was happy to find something so close but so natural. It’s beautiful here. Lots of wildflowers, fungi and a small little water fall! I’m a pretty avid hiking and got a little lost since the trails aren’t clearly marked (on trail D) . There were two different times I came to an intersection and had to just guess which trail to take. It not that rural so it’s fine but they should be marked. The two separate people I came across had dogs, not on a leash. Which isn’t a huge deal if they stay on the trail but 1) it’s the law and 2) I’m trying to train my rescue pup to ignore other dogs and be obedient on a leash and it’s hard to do when dogs come up to her. I also wore Tevas since I assumed it would be a very easy, paved hike. Definitely wear boats if it’s wet like it was today!

trail running
26 days ago

Some decent hills to run and trails well maintained.

trail running
27 days ago

Nice wide trail, in good shape. Mostly gravel, some spots dirt and some spots grass. Part of trail closed due to a bridge being fixed

I frequent this trail with my pups. It's great!

Really enjoyed this hike. Not too easy or tough and beautiful woods.

hiking
28 days ago

Short version: The trails are overgrown and should probably be avoided (at least for now).

Long version: My dad and I used to like doing the Kirby Trail East (this trail) and the Kirby Trail West (on the other side of the street, attached to the small parking lot). It's been about 5 or 6 years though. But I was feeling nostalgic today and decided to check them out. The parking lot right off Kirby was closed and this should have been a sign, but I decided to just keep going and park a little farther down on the street and then walk up (this was a bad idea, don't do it!). I started by going up the staircase of the East trail, but it was totally overgrown. I continued a little farther after the staircase before deciding to turn around. I then went across the street to the West trail, but it was pretty badly overgrown too, so I decided just to head back to my car. All in all, it was an experience and kind of an adventure, so I'll give it 2 stars. But I would not recommend it. I am just noticing that some of the more recent recordings start back behind Aiken somewhere instead of at the old parking lot on Kirby, so maybe it's better that way??

As others have mentioned, the trails split often so you’ll find yourself on your phone a lot referencing the map. Several areas could use maintenance to cut back some of the overgrowth. I ended up only doing half the loop.

Poorly maintained trail. We turned back because the trees were so overgrown they would have been slapping my baby who was in our Osprey carrier in the face. Road on the way in was very muddy, we could have easily gotten stuck. Pretty location, but we won’t be back due to the poor maintenance. There are much better local trails.

I love this trail. If it was closer, I would go there more often. Pretty easy, shaded, River view, but it can become pretty crowded at peak times.

Very rocky and is more like 4.5 miles long. Trail markers are confusing.

walking
1 month ago

Great spot for exercise. Can be a little sketchy towards the far end of the park where it tends to be less populated.

Pretty good loop, especially considering its location. Lots of intersecting trails though and it can be tricky to know if you're actually following the route. Load the route into your recorder and follow that, double check yourself at the intersections. Also, the route that is currently posted (as of 8/12/17) actually does the loop twice. It's really closer to 4 miles with an elevation gain of about 500 feet. UPDATE (8/27/18): The route posted now correctly lists the trail at 4.2 miles.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail to hike when it’s got since much of the trail is shaded. A few elevation changes added interest but not too challenging.

1 month ago

I love this park and know it pretty well. Some of the trails aren't marked very well but it's not an easy park to get lost in.

on French Park

hiking
1 month ago

Trails are poorly marked once you’re on them. Lots of side trails and you don’t know which one to take. Evidently there are trails A-E. I started on E and somehow finished on A without one sign in between the start and finish! I also hiked D which was very enjoyable...saw 3 deer. It was actually marked pretty well. Depending on which trail you take, you could do some pretty serious hills that seem to never end!!

walking
2 months ago

Lovely little trail but it is short. I tracked it as 1.3 miles so nowhere near the 2.2 miles listed. I drove quite a distance to get there so I was very disappointed it was so short. Nice trail if you live close.

The trail itself was a nice wooded trail. Enough ups and downs to give you a workout. I gave it 3 stars vs 5 because once you get on the trail they are VERY poorly marked. We started on the Cedar trail, note there were NO G markings. The only markings we saw were L, E and F. We talked to several folks once we got back to the car and they all said the same thing. Once they got back to the road they followed it to their car since they could trust the trail markings. This is a shame since this place has so much to offer hikers.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

My dog and I hiked this for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed it. I recorded 2.5 miles though, per Map My Walk app. I’d definitely say this is an easy trail and a great for a beginning hiker. Very little elevation changes. It’s a perfect trail for a hot summer day because it’s all in the shade, unless you complete the loop that goes through the meadow, then you’ll be in the full sun. Trails are gravel and a very nice width.

First time I went. Loved it. Went on a beautiful day and I didn’t come across anyone else. Some parts are confusing, like the open field area. But this app really helped stay on course.

The K section closed and looked very overgrown on July 4, 2018, It was nice and shady on a very hot summer day. A good workout with lots of ups and downs. Very few people on the trails. Some families with small kids playing in the stream.

Great urban trail, feels larger than it is. Trails can be very confusing but makes for a nice adventure.

I didn’t see anyone once I got into the woods. I wore my regular running shoes and I think it would be better to wear hiking boots. I stumbled in some mole holes when I was looking for the trail head. I liked all the hills and the shade, once I was in the woods. I had trouble walking down some of the hills because I’m turning into a granny and didn’t wear the right shoes. I could hear a lot of road traffic and for a while I could see the road, so it wasn’t such a peaceful walk. I’ll definitely go here again because it’s so close to my home, but I don’t love it. I might love it in another season. Summer is my least favorite time to hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Lots of huge trees, and lots of hills! As others have mentioned, the trail markings are a little confusing, but there is a map available at the nature center which helps.

hiking
3 months ago

Great forest in the middle of the suburbs. The trails are well traveled to a fault with even the unmarked trails being easy to confuse with the marked trails. Overall a nice hike and even with some confusion, you aren't going to get lost.

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