Miami Whitewater Forest has much to offer any Cincinnati hiker interested in getting away from the daily grind for an hour or a day. You can enjoy an ice cream by the lake, or hike into the woods to observe the diverse wildlife.
The three best trails this park has to offer are Shaker Trace, the Oakleaf trail and the Badlands trail.
Shaker Trace is actually a moderate 8 mile bike loop that takes the rider through Frisbee golf courses, wetlands and tall grass prairies. One of this park's goals is to restore the wetlands and prairies that were destroyed years ago. There is also a wildlife viewing area where a quiet spectator can view frogs, turtles and various species of birds. The trail can also be cut down to 1.6 miles if the hiker chooses to walk the inner loop. The outer loop can be hiked in about 2 1/2 hours. Also, bikes and tandems can be rented at the park for a minimal cost.
Parking and Trail Access
9001 Mt. Hope Rd. Harrison, OH 45030 Get Directions
(4,279 acres, Crosby, Whitewater and Harrison Townships): I-74 to Dry Fork Road exit, turn right on Dry Fork Road, turn right on West Road to park entrance. Also accessible from Rt. 128 to Mt. Hope Road.
Great Setting and Nearby Options
This trail is not only excellent in its own right, but resides in an area that one can bike local roads with relative safety and some of the roads include more significant hills. Even roads within the park are not bad for bicycling. Easy to put together ...
Nice Little Loop Trail
Most of the trail is surrounded by meadows, but there are some bogs and wooded areas. Mostly level, but there are some slight hills. Not much shade on sunny days. The trail surface is wide and excellent and once you get beyond the much smaller "inner" ...