Top 5 Ways to Celebrate Wilderness Month


September is National Wilderness Month. Here are our top five ways to explore those great outdoors.

1. Pawpaw Grove Tour
Hunt for Ohio’s native state fruit (yeah, we have one of those) at Long Branch Farm and Trails. Hosted by the Cincinnati Nature Center, the grove tour includes a hike, information about the history of the pawpaw, and a chance to search for some of the surprisingly tropical-style fruit in its natural habitat. And after the tour, you get to try pawpaw ice cream. $6 for children, $11 for adults: discounts for CNC members. Register online. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 6 p.m., Long Branch Farm and Trails, 6926 Gaynor Rd., Goshen,

2. Yoga Botanica
Led by The Yoga Bar, this hour-long yoga class held in the Krohn Conservatory focuses on beginner-friendly, meditative movements. Free admission to the Conservatory after practice is included. Drop-in rate $17, register online. Tuesdays, 9 a.m., Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Dr., Eden Park,

3. Hiking Club
Join the Hiking Club in Mt. Airy Forest for an easy-to-moderate evening walkabout. If you’re up to a challenge, come a little earlier and join the advanced group. Hikes start and finish at the Treehouse in Mt. Airy, which is worth a visit all by itself. Wednesdays, 5 p.m.–6 p.m. for Easy/Moderate, 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. for advanced. Mt. Airy Forest, 5083 Colerain Ave., Mount Airy,

4. Canoeing
Experience the Little Miami River up close with Loveland Canoe and Kayak on a three-, five-, or ten-mile trip. Prices vary based on length of trip/type of boat. Walk in or book online. 14 Karl Brown Way, Loveland, (513) 683-4611,

5. Explore!
Appreciating wilderness is all about loving adventure. And while guides are great, Ohio’s state parks offer plenty of beautiful sights and fun surprises that you can discover all on your own. Start with East Fork State Park; it has nearly 5,000 acres of forests, hills, and valleys, as well as a swimming beach, areas for hunting and fishing, and bike and boat rentals. East Fork State Park, 3294 Elklick Rd., Bethel, (513) 734-4323,

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