The California Junction Trail is one of two National Recreation Trails located in the 115-acre California Woods Nature Preserve. Located near the mouth of the Little Miami and Ohio Rivers, the former rail line was operated by the Cincinnati, Georgetown & Portsmouth Railroad. California Junction served as a switch station, a compulsory stop for all crews to receive instructions. The line served the areas between Georgetown, Batavia, and Columbia. Train service ended in 1939. This trail is a one-mile circuit-loop on the highest point of elevation in the preserve. Since the last train ran, the woodlands have become a mature hardwood forest with a variety of oak, hickory, maple, and beech. Wildlife abounds and a variety of wildflowers blanket the hidden remains of concrete trestle pillars and railbed fragments which link the trail to the past. Parking is available at the California Woods Nature Preserve parking, accessible from US Route 52 to Park Road.
Parking and Trail Access