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Clifty Falls State Park Hike

2 Comments · Thursday, July 29, 2010
By far one of the most beautiful hiking locations in the Tri-State area is Clifty Falls State Park and Clifty Canyon Nature Preserve. It just also happens to be one of the most difficult, with a brief tunnel and incredible waterfalls.  

Chaparral Prairie Hike

0 Comments · Friday, July 23, 2010
More than 14 rare or endangered species are found in this small prairie opening at the remote Chaparral Prairie, located 4 miles northwest of West Union in Adams County.  

Stonelick State Park Hike

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Stonelick State Park rests atop a portion of the Cincinnati Arch and is rich in fossil history. Activities include camping, boating, fishing, hunting, swimming, picnicking, and several hiking trails.  

Oh, Find Me a Trail…

Make a day or weekend of hikes that are near each other

0 Comments · Friday, June 25, 2010
The hikes in '60 Hikes Within 60 Miles' cover three states and 25 counties. I've divided them here into smaller sections of hikes that are located close together: Around I-125, the Little Miami River, the edge of Appalachia, Brookville Lake, Southern Indiana and Northern Kentucky.  

Selmier State Forest Hike

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Selmier State Forest includes a pleasant stroll along the West Vernon Fork of the Muscatatuck River, through pine stands and mixed hardwood forests. In 2008, portions of the forest were harvested to remove trees damaged or destroyed by a shearing windstorm and Hurricane Ike.  

Versailles State Park Hike

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 16, 2010
If you like fossils, you are going to love this hike. The 475-million-year-old Ordovician limestone, rich in fossils, is exposed in some locations. In those areas, one can easily see fossilized brachiopods, bryozoans, horn corals, and crinoids. Collecting fossils in the state park is not permitted. (Bummer.)  

Muscatatuck: Chestnut Ridge

0 Comments · Thursday, June 10, 2010
Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge offers adventures for everyone, including eight hiking trails. Bring your bird identification guides, as there are a multitude of wetland-loving species in the refuge on any given day.  

Gilmore Ponds Interpretive Preserve Hike

3 Comments · Wednesday, June 2, 2010
A gem in the middle of suburbia, Gilmore Ponds Interpretive Preserve offers wetland-dependent creatures a safe haven and wildlife watchers opportunities to view songbirds, turtles, kingfishers, butterflies, and waterfowl.  

Kincaid State Park Hike

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Kincaid State Park is a wonderful family-friendly park encompassing 850 acres of Kentucky’s rolling terrain. Multiple playground areas, a swimming pool, paddleboat rental, a recreation center, campground, and trails offer plenty of recreational opportunities. The 183-acre lake has fishing opportunities for both the avid and novice anglers.  

Fort Ancient State Historical Site

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Expect the unexpected along the trail at Fort Ancient. An elaborate array of earthworks and a stone serpent grace the trail through the woods. Enjoy the many displays in the museum and visitor center. The children’s discovery area is full of opportunities for hands-on learning.  

Mount Airy Forest

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Mount Airy Forest, near downtown Cincinnati, has several amenities and is designated by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a National Recreational Trail.  

Sharon Woods Hike

0 Comments · Thursday, February 11, 2010
Sharon Woods Park offers a variety of activities, including playgrounds, a harbor, and a marina that rents paddleboats. The trail system is well maintained and has a fair amount of traffic. This park is also well known for an incredible holiday light show.  

Sugarcreek MetroPark Hike

0 Comments · Thursday, January 7, 2010
Located on Dayton’s lower east side, Sugarcreek MetroPark is part of the Five Rivers MetroParks system. With 618 acres, complete with 550-year-old oak trees, creek crossings, a fossil-collecting area, tallgrass prairie, woodlands, and an Osage orange–tree tunnel, you’ll find several places to lose yourself.  

Caldwell Park

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Caldwell Park is a great place to take your family hiking. Several beautiful valley overlooks are peppered throughout the preserve. The Ray Abercrombie and Ravine Creek trails are very scenic, and the Paw Paw Ridge Trail provides some solitude. Be sure to venture behind the nature center to the platform overlooking the valley.  

California Woods Hike

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Nestled into Cincinnati’s lower east side, California Woods Nature Preserve offers a variety of trails, from easy to moderate, through valleys, hillsides, meadows, and forests. Your children will love exploring the hands-on displays at the nature center.