Explore the most popular river 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.

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.

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

I love this trail! I love the soft walking path, wild flowers, different kinds of birds and bugs, tiny lizards, occasional views of the river, you might see a train...I only wish more people walked it. I don't like walking it alone. SO MANY PEOPLE walk the regular park of Fernbank. This wooded trail is such a nice break from the concrete, sun and heat. It can be muddy after it rains. Wait a day or two after.

walking
28 days 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.

hiking
1 month 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.

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.

road biking
1 month ago

Great paved trail!

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.

I’m new-ish to this side of town and just went here for the first time a few months ago. I like to bring my dog right after work for a good run through the woods. The trail is mostly shady and easy to walk. I skip the prairie loop when it’s too hot. I mainly go for exercise, but there are a lot of birds, flowers, foxes, snakes, and turtles. It’s a nice place.

trail running
2 months ago

Nice, quiet trail. Wide and well maintained, mulched or gravel in some areas. Not too much elevation change and an okay river view. Makes for a nice shady trail run without seeing many other people. Bonus: repeat the meadow loop a couple times to increase the distance, otherwise it is very short.

trail running
2 months ago

Excellent for a challenging trail run or hike. One of the best trails in the area, in my opinion. Narrow dirt trails, towering old growth trees and steep ridges make for a more remote vibe than typical of southern Ohio parks. It isn't too heavily trafficked either, so that adds more to the removed feeling. Unfortunately you can hear the road traffic from most of the park, though I didn't find that that decreased my enjoyment of the trail. There are lots of side trails that are not well marked, but they all connect back to a main trail somehow. If you aren't concerned with following a strict route, it's fun to "explore" the side trails to create your own loop. I ran random trails here for about an hour and never repeated a trail.

trail running
2 months ago

The trail system consists of a central shared use paved loop with several gravel trails branching off, each a little under a mile in length. The trails are well maintained gravel and have varying elevation. It is pretty heavily trafficked and does not have a remote feel. It wouldn't be the best for a scenic hike, but is great for an easy to reach walk in the woods. I use the loop as a trail running route and it is perfect for a run through the woods without worrying about breaking your ankle on a tree root. The side trails or the main loop can be repeated to selectively add distance.

road biking
2 months ago

Super easy. Great for all ages and you can’t beat the views. Right alongside the river. People with stroller, runners and bikers all share the extra wide and winding concrete path.

great for a run, boring for scenery.

Pros: good distance for a quick, easy hike.
Cons: Trail is not well marked, there are numerous side trails, and in some areas the trail is so rarely traveled, it is difficult to tell what is the trail.

Lots of trails closed for restoration

8 months ago

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8 months ago

more on easy side than moderate, nice trail, nice ohio river overlook

Saw my first rufous sided towhee on the Open field part of the hike. There was a group of them hanging out in a vine covered tree. They weren't shy, but finally got fed up with my watching them. Great day for seeing pollinators of all kinds gather the last remains of nectar.

Easy stroll even if not prepared to hike. Great for families and beginning hikers.

hiking
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Nice semi loop partly through forest and partly through meadow. The short western loop has been closed for years due to storm damage. The longer eastern loop features some farm relics and a scenic Ohio River overlook. On the easier side of moderate due to the fairly flat terrain. Overall, possibly the best hike in the Hamilton County Park District.

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

Great hike, narrow trails and continuos change in elevation and difficulty. will definitely go back.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Lots of things to see, makes for a fun run

A great quick hike after work. The trail is shaded and winds around with tons of foliage.

hiking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

trail running
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Pros- Quiet trails, nice over looks, a challenging short trail run!

Cons- no public bathroom, and narrow trails.

walking
Monday, July 03, 2017

beautiful to walk or run

hiking
Friday, June 30, 2017

Nice hike with the family. There are some areas of overgrowth and down trees that need to be cleared.

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