Local Places for Taking Walks – Socially Distanced

Being socially distanced while outside is not always an easy thing to do. If you are looking for a possible crowd-free place to take a walk or a bike ride, take a look at our list of local spots. (Be sure to bring your mask!)

CINCINNATI, OHIO

Armleder Park Trail
5057 Wooster Pike, CIncinnati, Ohio 45227
Two-mile paved trail is located between Armleder Road and Wooster Road as part of the Otto Armleder Park.

Ault Park
3600 Observatory Ave., Mt. Lookout (Cincinnati), Ohio
Beautiful gardens are there as well as some nature trails.

Beech Acres Park
6910 Salem Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45230
There is 1.27-miles of paved trail in the park.

Blue Ash Nature Park
4433 Cooper Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45242
This park have a lovely nature trail to explore.

California Woods Nature Preserve
5400 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45230
There are 113 acres of forest at California Woods. The trails are not always open – please check first! This preserve is not pet friendly.

Cincinnati Nature Center
4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, Ohio 45150
Rowe Woods at the nature center 14 miles of trails. Dogs are permitted – they must be registered first.

Delhi Township
Look at the Vibrant Delhi walking paths. There are paths from .75 miles to 2.5 miles.

East Fork State Park
3294 Elklick Rd., Bethel, Ohio 45106
There are several trails to explore: 12-mile Backpack Trail and the 37-mile Steven Newman Worldwalker Perimeter Trails that circles the park

Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve
3455 Poole Rd., Colerain Township, Ohio 45251
The .6-mile Pin Oak Trail has a wildflower garden along the way.

Fernbank Park
50 Thornton Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45233
Located along the Ohio River near Sayler Park, this park has a 1.2 miles paved trail and a one-mile Sycamore nature trail.

Five Mile Trail
2710 Newtown Rd., Anderson Township, Ohio 45255
2.5 miles of paved trail.

French Park
3012 Section Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45237
Enjoy exploring the hiking trails!

Glenwood Gardens
10397 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio 45215
There are prairies and gardens to explore as well as wetlands and forests. There are two trails – a one-mile paved trails and a 1.6-miles wetland loop trail.

Green Township Bike and Walk Trail
Hutchinson Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45248
This trail has 2 miles of paved trails.

Loveland Bike Trail
Historic Loveland, Milford, Miami Township, Newtown and Lebanon
Part of the Little Miami State Park Trail. the paved path runs along the river and parts of the former railroad.

Madisonville Trail
There are several walking trails (and sidewalks) to follow in Madisonville. The five-mlle route takes you along the Murray Avenue trail.

McCullough Nature Preserve and Lindner Park
2726 Cypress Way, Norwood (CIncinnati), Ohio 45212
2726 Cypress Way, Pleasant Ridge
This park has a goldfish pond and gardens as well as trails to explore.

Miami Whitewater Forest
9001 Mt. Hope Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030
Trails include: 7.80-mile Shaker Trace trail, 1.4-mile fitness trail, 1.7-mile Badlands, .8-mile Oakleaf, .6-mile Tallgrass Prairie and 1.4-mile Timberlakes nature trails.

Mt. Airy Forest
5083 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45223
There are many miles for the nine hiking trails to explore and enjoy. Read more about the trails here.

Redbird Hollow Preserve
618 Given Road, Cincinnati (Village of Indian Hill, Ohio 45243
Three miles of trails.

Rentschler Forest
5701 Reigart Road, Fairfield Township Ohio 45011
Miles of hiking trails and the Great Miami River Recreation Trail is accessible

Sharon Woods Park
11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, (Cincinnati) Ohio 45241
This park is very large. There is a 2.6-mile trail around the lake, a one-mile fitness trail and a .7-mile Gorge nature trail.

Spring Grove Cemetery
4521 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45232
This cemetery has 15 lakes and 44 miles of paved roads. The public is welcome to explore the cemetery and arboretum.

Voice of American MetroPark
7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester, Ohio 45069
Paved and natural trails!

Winton Woods
10245 Winton Road, Springfield Township, Ohio 45231
The park has 2.6 miles of paved trails, 1.1-mile fitness trails and .7-mile Great Oaks and 1.1-mile Kingfisher nature trails.

Woodland Mound
8250 Old Kellogg Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45255
There is a 1.2-mile paved trail, .9-mile fitness trail, .6-mile Hedgeapple and .8-mile Seasongood nature trails.

See a list of all Hamilton County Great Parks here.


DAYTON AND SPRINGFIELD OHIO

Buckcreek Trail
2630 Croft Rd., Springfield, Ohio
This is a 9.2-mile trail from Plum Street leading to Buck Creek State Park

Carriage Hill Yellow Trail
7800 Shull Rd, Huber Heights, OH 45424
There are several trails available from .7 miles to 3.4 miles long.

Charleston Falls Preserve
2535 Ross Road, Tipp City, Ohio
Walk or hike four miles of trails. There is a beautiful waterfall along the way called Mini Niagara.

Clarence J. Brown Reservoir Lakeview Trail
The main trail at Buck Creek with 3.9 miles of trails.

Cox Arboretum MetroPark
6733 Springboro Pike, Dayton, Ohio 45449
Enjoy several trails from one-half mile to almost two miles long.

George Rogers Clark Park

There are several trails to follow (Hosterman Lake Loop, Tecumseh Trail, Puckeshiwah Trail and Maluntha Trail).

Grant Park Outer Trail
501 Normandy Ridge Rd, Dayton, OH 45459
3.2 miles for walks and hikers. Enjoy bird watching while you walk!

Great Miami River Trail: Middletown to Piqua
75 miles of trails!

Iron Horse Trail
Seven miles if trails through Centerville and Kettering.

John Bryan State Park
3790 State Route 370, Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387
This park offers miles of scenic trails with views of the limestone gorge.

Little Miami Scenic Trail
117 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield, Ohio 45502
The old Little Miami Railway is now paved for walking and biking. In Springfield (the northern-most part of the trail), is starts in the city and travels south to Milford. Ohio.

Simon Kenton Trail
80 Villa Rd., Springfield, Ohio 45503
There are 18 miles of paved trails.

Sugarcreek MetroPark
4178 Conference Road, Bellbrook, Ohio. 45305
There are many places in this park for a walk or hike. Hike the 1.3-mile Orange Tail to The Osage Orange Tunnel – a very scenic grove of trees and a great place for a photo.

Sweet Arrow Reserve Trail
789 Little Sugarcreek Rd., Sugarcreek Township, Ohio
Seven trails loops from one-half mile to 1.5 miles.

Woodland Historic Cemetery & Arboretum

118 Woodland Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45409
This cemetery has 3,000 trees and hundreds of plants along their 200 acres. Solitary peaceful walks along the grounds are permitted. Download the mobile app for self-guided tours. (The Mausoleum is locked unless a scheduled appointment is made Monday–Friday.)


NORTHERN KENTUCKY

Alexandria Community Park
3965 Alexandria Drive, Alexandria, Kentucky 41001
The Lake Trail is along a forested wetland and is a scenic place to walk

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site
3380 Beaver Road, Union, Kentucky 41091
Walk along 4.5 miles of hiking trails (both paved and unpaved). And, be sure to view the bison!

Boone Co. Arboretum
9190 Camp Ernst Rd., Union, Kentucky 41091
The arboretum has many gardens to walk and explore: Theme Gardens and the Rain Garden, to name two. There is a native grassland and woodland area where you can observe nature. There are 2.2 miles of walking trails in the arboretum!

Boone Cliffs Nature Preserve
4700 Middle Creek Rd. Burlington, Kentucky 41005
There are 2.4 miles of unpaved walking trails along with beautiful cliff formations to admire.

Devou Park
1201 Park Drive, Covington, Kentucky 41011
The backcountry trails have eight miles available for walkers or bikers. There are also paved trails available that take you past some of the park’s landmarks.

Dinsmore Woods
5700 Burlington PIke, Burlington, Kentucky 41005
There are unpaved trails available for foot traffic. (No bicycles permitted.) Note: there is no phone coverage.

Doe Run Lake Park
1501 Bullock Pen Rd., Covington, Kentucky 41017
Doe Run lake is surrounded by hiking tails.

Fort Thomas Landmark Tree Trail
100 Carmel Manor Dr., Ft. Thomas, Kentucky 41075
The looped trail is 1.1 miles long and has some steep hills. There are beautiful old trees to admire along the walk.

Gunpowder Creek Nature Park
6750 Sperti Ln., Burlington, Kentucky 41005
An unpaved, 1.25-mile looped trail heads uphill and ends at Gunpowder Creek.

Hiking Trails at Highlands Cemetery
2167 Dixie Highway, Fort Mitchell, Kentucky
You’re going to find over four miles of connecting trails here. View woodland wildflowers as well as birds and other animals.

Middle Creek Park
5655 Burlington Pike, Burlington, Kentucky 41005
Unpaved trails (8.5 miles) are available for hiking. View wildflowers and wildlife along the way


SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA

Dearborn Trails
Greendale, Lawrenceburg and Aurora, Indiana
4.5 mile paved path along the Ohio River. Access the trail from Walnut Street in Lawrenceburg.

Lawrenceburg/Aurora Trail
Lawrenceburg and Aurora, Indiana
This is a 7.3-mile trail with tunnels, little towns and scenery along the way.

Ludlow Hill Park
Oelker Drive), Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025
Walking trails with scenic fishing lakes.

Versailles State Park
1387 U.S. 50 East, Versailles, IN 47042
This is Indiana’s second largest state park. Enjoy one of the many walking trails.

Have a local trail or interesting place to walk that you want to add? Let us know at sknabe@sibcycline.com

Updated: September 8, 2020