CityBeat - 60 Hikes http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-201-1-60_hikes.html <![CDATA[Wilderness Preserve - ]]> This wonderful trail is part of The Nature Conservancy’s Edge of Appalachia Nature Preserve System and is a National Natural Landmark. The area offers a variety of habitats as well as a fantastic all alonley hike. Throughout the hike are beautiful dolomite cliffs, waterfalls, and a diversity of wildlife. Be aware of the multiple cliff edges—stay on the trail and pay attention.]]> <![CDATA[John Kleber Wildlife Area Hike - ]]> The list of wildlife species found at John A. Kleber Wildlife Management Area is extensive and elaborate. Neotropical migrants, quail, deer, wild turkeys, rabbits, groundhogs, and raccoons, as well as an array of hawks, call the steep hillsides and narrow, flat ridgelines home. Although this hike is only 1.8 miles long, it’s not lacking in wildlife diversity.]]> <![CDATA[Dinsmore Homestead Hike - ]]> Dinsmore Homestead is also home to Dinsmore Woods State Nature Preserve, which is owned by The Nature Conservancy. Plan extra time to explore the homestead, cabin, garden, outbuildings, and cemetery.]]> <![CDATA[Mullins Wildlife Area Hike - ]]> At Mullins Wildlife Management Area, you can wander about in the woods and enjoy the tranquility of nature. The trail leads into the woods near a stream and along a ridge, where you’ll find a bevy of shagbark hickory trees. Plus, this is a great location for bird-watching.]]> <![CDATA[Beaver Creek Wildlife Area Hike - ]]> Beaver Creek Wildlife Area is home to the unique Siebenthaler Fen. The wetland complex serves as a resting spot for migrating waterfowl and neotropical migrants. The boardwalk allows visitors a chance to explore the wetlands without getting soaked.]]> <![CDATA[Blue Licks Battlefield Park - ]]> Whether you're a history or nature nut (or both), Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park offers excellent hiking trails that lead you through different habitats, and also takes you back in time to when battles raged over territory, salt, and freedom.]]> <![CDATA[Whitewater Gorge/Cardinal Greenway Hike - ]]> The Cardinal Greenway is a pleasant hike through the Whitewater Gorge area and cityscape of Richmond, Indiana. A side trail that leads through Springwood Lake Park takes you to Thistlethwaite Falls, well known for Ordovician fossils.]]> <![CDATA[Hueston Woods Hike - ]]> Hueston Woods State Park has camping, a rustic lodge, nature center, wildlife rehabilitation center, archery range, and marina. The grounds also include the Hueston Woods State Nature Preserve, which is home to an old-growth, nearly virgin, forest.]]> <![CDATA[Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary Hike - ]]> Nestled in the scenic rural landscape is the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary, which offers more than 700 acres of forest, meadow, prairie, and pond habitats to explore, plus a spectacular variety of songbirds, birds of prey, and waterfowl to spy upon.]]> <![CDATA[General Butler Park Hike - ]]> General Butler State Resort Park offers more than 8 miles of trails through upland forests and a retired ski resort that provides excellent valley views. The Two Rivers restaurant is an excellent place to grab a bite to eat.]]> <![CDATA[Whitewater Memorial Park Hike - ]]> Nestled into the hillsides of Whitewater Memorial State Park, the trail passes through two great nature experiences, the Hornbeam Nature Preserve and Red Springs. Portions of the trail are rugged, and if the lake is high the Lakeshore Trail to the Observation Deck might be impassable.]]> <![CDATA[Pennywort Cliffs Hike - ]]> Off the beaten trail, Pennywort Cliffs Nature Preserve is a serene trek through the woods along an old road that passes in and out of existence. This hike is a peaceful escape from the world.]]> <![CDATA[Shrader-Weaver State Preserve Hike - ]]> Although there are many grand old trees in this unique sanctuary, the serene nature of the quiet woods qualifies Shrader-Weaver Woods as exceptional. Visit in spring for the wonderful wildflowers, and remember everything in Shrader-Weaver Nature Preserve is protected.]]> <![CDATA[Hardy Lake Hike - ]]> The trails at Hardy Lake State Recreation Area take you through a forest of sugar maple, beech, and oak trees as well as pine stands. The trails skirt the edges of the lake, providing multiple wildlife- viewing opportunities.]]> <![CDATA[Chilo Lock 34 Park Hike - ]]> The Chilo Lock 34 Museum contains interactive displays about the Ohio River and the history of the area, while Crooked Run Nature Preserve is the perfect place to view waterfowl, songbirds, birds of prey, and some wetland-dependent mammals.]]> <![CDATA[Clifty Falls State Park Hike - ]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Chaparral Prairie Hike - ]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Stonelick State Park Hike - ]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Clifton Gorge Perserve Hike - ]]> Step into Ohio’s tumultuous geological past and out of the demands of everyday life. This 2.7-mile hike travels through impressive overlooks of the raging Little Miami River, slumpblock caves, and a bevy of wildflowers in the spring. The best times to visit are in the spring, summer, and fall.]]> <![CDATA[Oh, Find Me a Trail… - Make a day or weekend of hikes that are near each other]]> 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.]]>