Top 5 Hiking Trails

Welcome autumn and take in some nature with these killer hiking trails.
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1. California Woods Trails
With almost three miles of nature trails, the hilly paths at California Woods provide a long, scenic walk. You’ll pass through prairies and over Lick Run Creek on your way. cincinnatiparks.org

2. Winton Woods Trails
The 1.1-mile Kingfisher trail passes through a forest, so be sure to check it out when the leaves start changing.

The Kingfisher Trail at Winton Woods park
The Kingfisher Trail at Winton Woods park

Photograph courtesy Great Parks of Hamilton County

That also means the trail is shaded by the trees, so you could spend a warmer fall day here. Take your little ones through the moderate course, then visit Parky’s Farm for more fun. greatparks.org

3. Ault Park Trails
Besides offering a beautiful pavilion for events, the forests and gardens at Ault Park provide a fantastic backdrop for a nice hike. Follow the guides provided by the Ault Park Advisory Council to see all the species of trees and learn about the geology of the park. cincinnatiparks.org

4. Miami Whitewater Forest Trails
For water views, try the 1.4-mile Timberlakes Trail that touches the Miami Whitewater Forest Lake or 0.8-mile Oakleaf Trail that nestles itself near a couple of ponds.

The Badlands Trail at Miami Whitewater Forest
The Badlands Trail at Miami Whitewater Forest

Photograph courtesy Great Parks of Hamilton County

The 1.7-mile Badlands Trail has its ups and downs through the forest. If your furry friend wants some exercise, bring him to the 11-acre Simmonds Family Dog Park. greatparks.org

5. Sharon Woods Trails
The 0.7-mile Gorge Trail hugs Sharon Creek for a waterfall-filled hike. The trees at the top of the gorge provide great fall views when the leaves change. Bring your camera. greatparks.org

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