For Immediate Release
October 3, 2014
Media Contact: Tammy York, author of 60 Hikes within 60 Miles Cincinnati
5 Fantastic Fall Hikes
Inside Cincinnati’s I-275 Loop
Cincinnati, OH – As the leaves start to change color and cool weekends beckon us outdoors, it is good to know that you don’t need to travel far to find a great place to hike in the Cincinnati area. Be prepared for your hike: wear comfortable sneakers or hiking boots and good water wicking socks. Bring at least 8 ounces of water and, of course, a snack. And, follow Leave No Trace Principles by packing out what you packed in.
Great Parks of Hamilton County’s Winton Woods and Sharon Woods feature paved pathways that allow greater access for all levels of mobility. Winton Woods Kingfisher Trail meanders through a wooded area, wetland, and near a stream before heading up hill and returning to the start.
Sharon Woods paved trail includes the fitness trail as well as the trail that encircles Sharon Lake. This is an easy place to hike with kids whether they are on foot or in a stroller. Photographers will find a plethora of fall photo opportunities.
Cincinnati Parks’ Caldwell Preserve trails zigzag and loop under the forest canopy of old growth and new plantings. Treading up and down the hills is a decent workout. A paved section of trail near the nature center is accessible so everyone has a chance to enjoy the woods. Several stopping points allow for you to step off the trail and take in the beauty of the forest.
Another Cincinnati Parks is Ault Park with trails that weave up and down hillsides and along a stream corridor. Catch a glimpse of some of Cincinnati unique geology as well as taking time to wander around the gorgeous gardens and pavilion.
Mount Airy Forest, a Cincinnati Parks’ property, is an enormous greenspace with 1,459 acres of woodlands waiting to be explored via the extensive network of trails. Maps and a good sense of direction will help you a lot here. Plenty of hills and steps to climb make for a fantastic workout.
Remember trail safety begins with you. Always tell someone you trust where you are going and when you expect to be back. Pack plenty of water, a snack, trail map, mobile phone, and a small first aid kit. Know what the weather is and never go hiking if there is severe weather. Know your limitations and don’t over exert yourself. Take time to enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air.
Tammy York, author of 60 Hikes within 60 Miles Cincinnati, is a seasoned professional naturalist, hiker, and writer.