Creek stomping is a classic summertime activity in Ohio, as it quite literally lets kids immerse themselves in the wild and wonderful world. Donning rain boots or slip shoes, the chance to jump, splish, and splash about in the water is positively irresistible for the young—and the young at heart. And there’s a stream in Montgomery that provides the ultimate creek stomping escapade for Cincy kids.
On the east side of Cincinnati, Sycamore Creek connects Dulle and Pioneer Parks, a duo of Montgomery City Parks that offer some of the best creek stomping in town. The parks are located across the street from one another, with Deerfield Road bisecting the creek. Intrepid explorers can enjoy an entire afternoon of water play in this dynamic duo, utilizing the crosswalk to venture between parks.
Pioneer Park is the most natural and untouched of the Montgomery Parks. It boasts a fishable pond (a permit is required for fishers over 16), along with a beautiful trail that traverses the woods and follows part of the creek. The banks at this park are a bit steep, and the creek is rather wide in some places; for this reason, younger kids (and parents of younger kids) might prefer creek stomping at Dulle Park. This park has a large, rocky bank that’s a bit more manageable—and as an added bonus, the creek at Dulle culminates in a small waterfall, a place my kids love throwing rocks and searching for salamanders.
After not much of a spring, it seems Cincinnati has skipped straight to summer…but we’re not complaining. Because in the summertime, after a heavy, healthy rain, there’s nothing more refreshing and fun than a good, old-fashioned afternoon spent creek stomping. Especially at this pair of Montgomery parks.
Dulle Park, 10530 Deerfield Rd., Montgomery; Pioneer Park, 10505 Deerfield Rd., Montgomery