The Hamilton County Park District parks are open 365 days a year from dawn to dusk. Hours vary at individual facilities such as golf courses, visitor centers, boathouses and Nature's Niche Gift Shops. Covering more than 12,000 acres, a total of 12 individual parks are owned and maintained by the Hamilton County Park District and serve as home to 40 endangered or threatened animal species. The district offers a wide variety of recreational activities, including four lakes for fishing and boating, seven golf courses, two campgrounds, playgrounds, picnic shelters, and miles of trails.
Miami Whitewater Forest
9001 Mount Hope Road, 45030
Golf Course: (513) 367-4627
VisitorCenter: (513) 367-4774
At 3,639 acres, Miami Whitewater Forest is the largest park in the Hamilton County Park District. The forest encircles an old, deserted Shaker village founded in 1824. In addition to three miles of nature paths, you will also find a 7.8-mile multipurpose jogging/bicycling/skating/walking trail, horseback riding trails, a boathouse and lake, boat fishing, campground, Frisbee golf course, playgrounds, a visitor’s center, gift shop and snack bar. Located in northwest Hamilton County, the park is easily accessible from Dearborn County, Indiana, just off Exit 3 of I-74.
Sharon Woods Park and Sharon Woods Village
11450Lebanon Road, 45241
Golf Course:(513) 769-4325
This 737-acre park is a great site for fossil hunting - but don't take them home. Other attractions include a hiking and biking trail around the lake, a fitness trail, a boathouse and many picnic areas. A hike along the 1.25-mile nature trail takes you past several small waterfalls. Within park boundaries lies Sharon Woods Village, which has restored 19th-century buildings moved from other parts of Southwest Ohio. The water park, which includes an elephant fountain and pedal boats, is free and open the same dawn-to-dusk hours as the park.
Winton Woods Park
10245Winton Road, 45231
MeadowLinks & Golf Academy:(513) 825-3701
The Mill Course:(513) 825-3770
Parky's Farm:(513) 521-3276
Completely surrounding the city of Greenhills, Winton Woods, at 2,449 acres, is one of the biggest and most popular parks in the Hamilton County Park District. The park has a 3-mile paved hike-bike trail (bike rental is available), bridle trail and riding center on the south side of Winton Lake. The park also has a dozen picnic areas, a 1-mile fitness trail, a boathouse, nine shelters and an 18-hole Frisbee golf course and a regular golf course. Parky's Farm, a combination play farm and petting zoo, is a great attraction for kids.
8250 Old Kellogg Road, 45255
SeasongoodNature Center:(513) 474-0580
The Vineyard:(513) 474-3007
Stephen Ostrander, author of the book Natural Acts Ohio, rates the view here among the best scenic overlooks in Ohio. To the left off the overlook at the Weston Amphitheater you can see two-thirds of Cincinnati's electrical generating capacity - the Beckjord power plant in New Richmond and the Zimmer plant in Moscow, about 15 miles away. The park also contains a great playground, two low-key hiking trails one mile and one-half mile, a well-regarded golf course, an outdoor concert area where the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops hold occasional free concerts, baseball diamonds and a snack bar. Because it sits on a steep hillside over the river, Woodland Mound almost always has a good enough breeze to fly a kite. Also, check out the Seasongood Nature Center, which includes nature exhibits, wildlife viewing windows and a gift/bookshop.
MetroParks of Butler County
2051 Timberman Road, Hamilton, OH
Phone: (513) 867-5835 or 1-877-PARK FUN
MetroParks of Butler County offers quiet forests, scenic streams, interesting historical sites, and many opportunities for outdoor recreation in each of the preserves and park sites around the county. Presently 22 sites totaling over 2,300 acres are under the jurisdiction of MetroParks and most are open to visitors on a daily basis.
Hueston Woods State Park and Nature Preserve
301 Park Office Road, College Corner, Ohio 45003
Park Office: (513) 523-6347
Golf Course: (513) 523-8081
Campground (seasonal): (513) 523-1060
Lodge Front Desk: (513) 664-3500
Located just off Ohio 732 north of Oxford, this 3,596-acre forest straddles the Butler-Preble county line. It has a popular lodge and restaurant, golf course, picnic areas, camping, fishing, swimming pools, a nature center and pioneer farm museum. A 200-acre nature preserve within the park is great for hiking and bird watching. More than 150 species of birds have been spotted here. The park also has a lake for boating. Boat rentals are available.
Liberty Township Parks
6957 Yankee Road, Liberty Township, OH
Phone: (513) 777-4161
LibertyTownshipoffers 9 parks including bike trails, playgrounds and wetlands.
City of Fairfield Parks
411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield, OH
Phone: (513) 867-5348
The city of Fairfield offers over 20 local parks featuring historic sites, swimming and athletic fields.
West Chester Parks & Recreation
8070 Tylersville Rd., West Chester, OH
Phone: (513) 759-7304
West Chester Parks & Recreation includes several parks, a museum, a wetlands conservation and a schoolhouse built in 1910.
Cincinnati Nature Center
4949 Tealtown Rd., Glen Este
Phone: (513) 831-1711
Perhaps best known for inspiring the 1969 book The Inland Island, by Josephine Winslow Johnson, this 1,425-acre preserve remains an oasis of nature despite an explosion of rapid development in western Clermont County. The center is dedicated purely to conservation and outdoor education, making hiking the activity of choice. There are 15 miles of trails that range from the wheelchair-accessible Stanley Rowe All Persons Trail to some fairly long and steeply sloped trails. Scenery ranges from open meadows to fairly deep woods, though most of the center is a relatively young second-growth forest. Don't forget to pick up a trail map at the Rowe Building, because it's not hard to get lost in the winding trails here. The Nature Center is of special interest to birdwatchers, who have reportedly sighted 153 species of birds here. Rare to this area, badgers and coyotes also have been spotted here. The park is also home to the endangered Indiana bat and blue-spotted salamander. Gardeners will enjoy the Herb Wall, a collection of well-labeled cultivated herbs. You also can find 237 kinds of wildflowers blooming here at various times of year. The Rowe Building nature center and gift shop, with perhaps the area's best collection of nature books, are also worth a visit.
East Fork State Park
2505 Williamsburg-Bantam Rd., Afton
Phone: (513) 734-4323
A large (8,420-acre) but relatively underdeveloped state park accessible from Ohio 32 and Ohio 125 in eastern Clermont County, East Fork features the William Harsha Lake, a man-made body of water that is a favorite for boaters and anglers throughout the region. A public beach covered with pebbles rather than sand is another attraction. The park also has picnic shelters, a campground and bridle paths.
Stonelick Lake State Park
2895 Lake Dr., WayneTownship;
Phone: (513) 625-7544
This is the smaller and lesser used of the state parks in Clermont County. The 1,258-acre park offers camping, picnicking, hiking trails, boating, fishing and a snack bar.
Union Township Veterans' Memorial Park
4350 Aicholtz Rd., Union Township
Phone: (513) 753-2221
Located on the corner of Clough Pike and GlenEste-Withamsville Road, the 25 acre Veterans Memorial Park is a popular spot in Union Township. It offers much in the way of recreation, including tennis and basketball courts, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, sand volleyball courts, a walking track, an equipped playground, a fitness trail, a fishing pond, sheltered and unsheltered picnic areas with grills, and public restroom facilities. All of these facilities and the landscaping itself are kept clean and beautiful, thanks to constant upkeep from the Union Township Service Department.
Clermont County Parks
2228 Hwy. 50, Batavia, OH
Telephone: (513) 732-2977
Six parks with a total land area of 250 acres, these parks provide Clermont County with places to get away in nature, participate in family activities, engage in a variety of recreational pursuits and just take time to relax 365 days a year.
Caesar Creek State Park
4020 N. Clarksville Rd., Waynesville
Phone: (513) 897-1050
Featuring more than 10,000 acres of lakes, campgrounds, hiking and bridle trails and scenic overlooks, Caesar Creek ranks as one of the largest and best developed state parks in Ohio. Among the recreational activities are a boat ramp, numerous picnic areas and a large, man-made lake. The Visitors Center displays fossils and Indian artifacts from a nearby site and provides information about the area's history. A log cabin from 1807 on this site became the anchoring attraction for Pioneer Village, a collection of other mostly Quaker homes from the late 1700s and early 1800s that have been relocated or rebuilt here from other parts of the park. The village is open for free during the park's dawn-to-dusk hours.
Little Miami State Park
8570 East State Route73, Waynesville, OH
Phone: (513) 897-3055
The Little Miami State and National Scenic River offers a trip into one of Ohio's most beautiful and historic areas. As the river twists and bends, visitors will discover many natural wonders such as steep rocky cliffs, towering sycamores and elegant great blue herons on the wing. Little Miami State Park introduces a new concept to the state park system--a trail corridor. This non-traditional approach focuses on offering numerous recreational pursuits--bicycling, hiking, cross-country skiing, rollerblading, backpacking and horseback riding. The corridor also provides access to canoeing the Little Miami River.
Warren County Park District
300 East Silver Street, Lebanon, OH
Phone: (513) 925-1109
Eleven parks makes up the Warren County Park District. Park attractions include a scenic river park and hiking trails.
Big Bone Lick State Park
3380 Beaver Rd., Union - Northern Kentucky
Phone: (859) 384-3522
A recreation park whose history includes the presence of Ice Age mammals that traveled to the area in search of salt springs which exist on the grounds. Site is now home to diorama trail depicting an Ice Age scene. Museum and gift shop, several playgrounds, picnic shelters, 7-acre lake, 62 sq. ft. campground, 18-hole miniature golf course and 4 miles of hiking trails are attractions. Also bison herds. Features include:
GeneralButler State Resort Park
1608 Highway 227, Carrollton - Northern Kentucky
Phone: (502) 732-4384
GeneralButler State Resort Parkhas it all! Named for William Orlando Butler, a hero of the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the park is spiced with history. Glimpse into the nineteenth-century in the Butler-Turpin House. In the summer, enjoy a round of golf, or a set of tennis. In any season, enjoy the outstanding river valley views and friendly atmosphere at General Butler!
KincaidLake State Park
565 Kincaid Park Road, Falmouth– Northern Kentucky
Phone: (859) 654-3531
183-acre lake with bass, bluegill, catfish, sunfish, and crappie. The state park features camping, hiking, fishing and boating.
|Indiana Golf Courses:
Brook Hill Golf Club
Elk Run Golf Course
Grand Oak Golf Club
Hidden Valley Golf Club
Kentucky Golf Courses:
AJ Jolly Golf Course
Meadowood Golf Club
Summit Hills Country Club
Triple Crown Country Club
|Ohio Golf Courses:
Coldstream Country Club
Avon Field Golf Course
Beckett Ridge Country Club
Blue Ash Golf Course