Cincinnati and the Tristate · Parks & Recreation

General Sites

The Cincinnati Horticultural Society
Provides educational programs, events, and exhibitions including the GROW program and annual flower show.
Cincinnati Wildflower Preservation Society
Offers educational prarie walks, hikes, and field trips to wildlife areas in Ohio.
Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati
A horticultural resource that enriches lives through education, community beautification and environmental stewardship. Maintains eight landscaped acres open daily to visitors at no charge located 2.5 miles from downtown Cincinnati. The Center provides education and information to individuals, schools, organizations and businesses through its Horticulture Helpline, library, classes, hands-on workshops, tours, special events and outreach programs. Sponsors the Neighborhood Gardens program.
Foundation for Ohio River Education
A non-profit organization that offers programs that get participants on the water and engaged in preserving the cultural, ecological, and economic value of our rivers. Offers programs aboard an historic floating classroom called the PA Denny and at schools and venues throughout Greater Cincinnati.
Friends of Big Bone
Non-profit organization that works to promote, preserve, research, and memorialize the history and prehistory of the Big Bone Lick Valley, located in Boone County, Kentucky. Provides educational programs for schools, teachers and the public. Site offers articles, reports, videos and related resources. Sponsors an annual Salt Festival with educational activities, programs, and special events to educate the public about the park's archeological and paleontological history.
Granny's Garden School
Located on the 25-acre campus shared by the primary and elementary schools in Loveland, the garden school contains more than 100 garden beds that offer a creative and environmentally interactive approach to teach curriculum standards. Provides educational programs, teaching resources, and volunteer opportunities.
Greater Cincinnati Environmental Educators
An umbrella organization composed of environmental education organizations and parks to promote environmental education resources available to classroom teachers throughout Greater Cincinnati, facilitate interaction and collaboration among environmental education professionals, and provide outreach and training to classroom teachers. Includes a calendar of events.
Hamilton County Parks District: Curious Naturalist Club
A club for 7-12 year olds that encourages participants and their families to engage in the outdoors through fun and educational activities.
Joy Outdoor Education Center
Provides educational activities and focused learning experiences for students, as well as leadership and development programs for adults. Site provides information about the different camps, day and evening classes, and living history re-enactments.
Keep Cincinnati Beautiful
A program that focuses on education and public awareness and provides opportunities to beautify highways, reduce litter, and create a visual welcome to Cincinnati. Events include the Great American Cleanup, Daffodils and Daylilies, the Neighborhood Enhancement Program, and the Make A Difference Day.
Leave No Child Inside of Greater Cincinnati
A collaboration of organizations and individuals educating the community that time spent in nature is essential for the physical, mental and emotional health of all children. Provides a listing of over 100 parks and preserves with green lawns, play grounds, garden paths and wooded trails that are free and open to the public. Provides a “Find-A-Program” system to assist teachers in finding over 100 local nature programs. Includes resources, news and family nature club kits.
Little Miami River Partnership
Works to develop community based watershed plans and projects to help restore and protect water and environmental quality in the Little Miami River Watershed. Provides information about watershed action plans, restoration and conservation projects, and the annual Little Miami River Watershed Festival.
Northside Greenspace Incorporated
Works to identify, preserve and restore natural areas in Northside and surrounding Cincinnati, Ohio communities. Offers workshops, lectures, field trips, and volunteer opportunities.
Ohio River Foundation
Works to protect and restore the water quality and ecology of the Ohio River and its tributaries for the health and enjoyment of present and future generations. Provides environmental educational programs, conservation programs and events, such as the Great Ohio River Paddle and National River Cleanup.
Ohio River Scenic Byway
Runs along 967 miles through three states offering attactions, unique sights, events, entertainment, and educational opportunities.
Ohio Valley Forestry Fellowship
Non-profit volunteer organization that teams with schools, libraries, and civic organizations to educate and distribute seedlings on Arbor Day. Assists farmers in planting trees and converting marginal farmland and pasture into healthy forests.

Bike Trails

Boone County Parks and Recreation - England-Idlewild Park
Eleven miles of single-track mountain bike trails in a 100-acre wood and a four-tier route designed for riders of all levels.
City of Cincinnati - Bicycle Transportation Program
Offers program updates, news, maps, and related resources.
Harbin Park
At 161 acres, William Harbin Park is Fairfield's largest park. The loop trails are "tight and twisty" and contain have some short, steep climbs.
Kenton County Pioneer Park
You'll find paved walking, biking, and dog trails here.
Little Miami Scenic Trail
Description of each section of the Little Miami Scenic Trail. Also includes information about future plans to extend the trail.
Loveland Bike Trail
This seventy mile paved trail follows an old rail line along the Little Miami River.
Miami Whitewater Forest
The Shaker Trace Trail has a 1.2 mile inner loop with 18 fully accessible Parcours fitness stations and an extended 7.8 mile outer loop which weaves through the park.
Mountain Biking in Ohio State Parks
Thirty Ohio state parks offer over 257 miles of biking trails. Learn more about them.
Ohio Department of Transportation Map and List of Ohio's Bikeways
Overview and list of existing trails, paths, lanes, and planned bikeways throughout the state.

Memorial Parks

Parks & Gardens

Arlington Memorial Gardens
The site is a memorial park cemetery that consists of 165 acres divided into twenty-nine gardens. The gardens are most commonly built around symbols of Christian ideals, faith, meditation, peace and civic duty. Includes history and visitor schedule.
Ault Park Advisory Council
The official web site for Ault Park. The Advisory Council helps sponsor the continued development and upkeep of the park. Includes geology & history of the park, trail guides, maps, and activities.
Cincinnati Nature Center
News and information about Rowe Woods, Long Branch, and Gorman Heritage Farm. Calendar of programs for all three locations.
Cincinnati Parks Department
Directory of local parks with maps, description of facilities, and calendar of events.
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Find information about animals & exhibits, plants & gardens, and programs for children and adults.
Hamilton County Park District Visitors Guide
Find out about educational programs, recreational opportunities, and conservation efforts provided by the Park District.
Highfield Discovery Garden
Part of the Hamilton County Park District and located within the Glenwood Gardens, the Discovery Garden is a two-acre garden geared toward children 2-8 years old. Includes a frog & toads pond, trolley garden, wizards garden, butterfly garden, and a discovery tree.
Indiana’s State Parks & Reservoirs
Descriptions of the state parks and reservoirs, and information about accommodations and camping.
Kentucky State Parks
Maps, a park directory, accomodation information, and special event news.
Krohn Conservatory
Provides information about programs, the Conservatory's history and the annual butterfly show.
Liberty Garden
Liberty Garden was created in remembrance of those who lost their lives during the attacks on 9/11 by Keep America Beautiful affiliates nationwide. Includes a representation of the seven rays in the Statue of Liberty's crown, carved stones representing the Four Freedoms outlined in Franklin D. Roosevelt's landmark 1941 speech, and thirteen Liberty trees.
Neighborhood Gardens
See neighborhood gardens, a program by the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati that helps community garden groups start and maintain successful community gardens on vacant lots in Greater Cincinnati’s low-to-moderate income neighborhoods.
Ohio State Parks
Information on Ohio’s 73 state parks, searchable by name or region with clickable map.
Phyllis W. Smale Riverfront Park
The new 45-acre park will extend from the east at Great American Ballpark to Paul Brown Stadium—flanking the city’s Roebling Suspension Bridge and will include fountains, walkways, gardens, event lawns, playgrounds, and restaurants.
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum
A 265-acre outdoor museum focusing on monumental pieces of sculpture in an environment of meadows, forests, and gardens in Hamilton, Ohio. Featured is a 10,000 square foot "Ancient Sculpture Museum" displaying Roman, Egyptian, Greek and Etruscan sculpture thousands of years old. Offers seven lakes, hiking trails, concerts, events for children, and an annual art fair.
Rowe Arboretum
Located in the Village of Indian Hill, the Arboretum is slightly over nine acres in size and consists of four to five thousand different types of trees and shrubs.
Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum
A rural garden cemetery consisting of 450 acres of developed grounds and 300 acres of woodland with over 1,200 species and an extensive collection of flowering trees, shrubs, perennials, new species, 21 state champion trees, and 2 national champion trees. Includes information about the Arboretum, Heritage Foundation, current events, and public tours.
Trammel Fossil Park
A 10-acre park located in Sharonville open to the public to explore and dig for fossils.

Preserves & Farms

California Woods Nature Preserve
Part of the Cincinnati Parks Department, the one-acre nature preserve contains prairie/meadow habitat and 113 acres of forest. Includes 53 species of trees, over 203 species of herbaceous plants, Lick Run Creek, a butterfly and hummingbird garden, and two national recreation trails.
Fernald Preserve Visitors Center
The 1,050-acre property includes one of the largest manmade wetlands in Ohio, large tracts of water, upland forests, a lengthy riparian corridor, and the beginnings of tall grass prairies. Sponsors the BioBlitz program, a 24-hour species inventory of the site.
Gorman Heritage Farm
A working farm that provides educational opportunities for school groups and adults. Includes workshops, classes, field trips, summer camp, self-guided tours, and the Read & Grow bookclub.
Grailville
Located on 300 acres of woodlands, pastures and organic gardens, Grailville is an environmental, education, and retreat center offering spiritual, cultural, and educational opportunities for the public. Includes two outdoors labyrinths, a wetland, gardening education and volunteer days, and arts programs.
Grand Valley Preserve
Located in Camp Dennison, the 350-acre preserve has been the focus of a reclamation project to restore wildlife and the Preserve's natural beauty.
Green Umbrella
A regional greenspace alliance of environmental organizations, concerned citizens, government and civic associations, regional landowners, and developers based in the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana Tri-State area. Works to promote the protection and restoration of greenspace for social, economic, and environmental vitality for the region. Provides event and resource information.
Greenacres Foundation
Offers educational environment and agriculture, water quality, gardening, and equine programs and services to individuals and groups of all ages on Greenacres Farm.
The Hillside Trust
The Hillside Trust actively works to help achieve a balance between the competing interests of development and conservation of the remaining hillside land by research and education, land conservation, and advocacy of responsible land use. Provides a list of preserved properties, hillside art, newsletter, and meeting information.
Homeadow Song Farm
A 4 1/2-acre homestead committed to sustainable living and organic/Biodynamic agricultural practices. Provides homeschool and summer camp programs that promote experiential learning through the integration of practical work and artistic experience.
Imago for Earth
The urban nature preserve provides children and adults with hands-on educational programs that include environmental workshops, scout programs, and summer camps. The 16-acre preserve is open to the public for hiking and nature exploration.
Johnson Nature Preserve
Located in Montgomery, Ohio, the preserve features a walking trail, creek, and nature observation area on seven acres of natural woodlands.
The Land Conservancy of Hamilton County, Ohio
Works to preserve the natural lands and farmlands of Hamilton County with emphasis on lands in western Hamilton County. Provides a list of preserved lands and farms and information about the I-74 scenic Greenway project.
Oxbow, Inc.
Works to preserve, protect, and improve the flood plain wetland at the mouth of the Great Miami River. Provides educational programs, field trips, and event information.
Sunrock Farm
A hands-on educational working farm that provides hands-on experiences for children and families including farm tours, day camps, travelling petting farm, and other special farm activities. Located in Wilder, KY.
Turner Farm
A 60-acre farm that produces certified organic vegetables and naturally raised livestock. Offers educational and volunteer opportunities, summer day camp, farm tours, and vegetable, meat & egg, and flower Community Supported Agriculture.
Western Wildlife Corridor
Works to protect and preserve the scenic beauty and natural resources of the Ohio River Valley through direct land protection and promotion of responsible land use. Includes habitat restoration projects, educational information, and events, such as the annual spring Wildflower Festival.

Recreation

American Walkers' Association of Greater Cincinnati, OH
Promotes and encourages group walking for health, friendship and recreation for people of all ages and abilities. Walks are in city parks, county parks, state parks, bike trails and roads around Northern Kentucky, Southwest Ohio & Southeast Indiana. Includes listing of scheduled walks.
Cincinnati Recreation Commission
Provides information about the 31 recreation centers, 41 swimming pools, over 2,500 acres of outdoor athletic and playground facilities, tennis attractions, seven premiere golf courses, athletic leagues, seniors’ programs, therapeutic programs, before-and-after school programs, summer day camps, and special public events on the waterfront and citywide, including Bicentennial Commons at Sawyer Point, Yeatman’s Cove Park, and the Senior Olympics. Also offers programs for individuals with disabilities.
Recreation.Gov
Information about recreational opportunities on federal lands in Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio.