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The Shaker Trace Trail forms a loop around Miami Whitewater Forest, the largest county-run park in Hamilton County. The fully-accessible, paved trail runs for nearly 8 miles through the park’s wetlands, tall grass prairie and farmland. Begin your journey at the harbor on the park’s large lake, where an informative visitor center features exhibits on the local wildlife.
Bikes can be rented at the boathouse just beyond the visitor center, but trail users should be aware that the trail is open only between dawn and dusk. The pathway has a gentle grade and is a cyclist’s and runner’s dream with mile markers at every 0.2 mile. Those looking for a shorter trek will appreciate the 1.2-mile inner loop that also begins and ends at the harbor.
Parking for the Shaker Trace Trail is available at a large lot in Miami Whitewater Forest on Harbor Ridge Road. From Interstate 74 northwest of Cincinnati, take the exit for Dry Fork Road and head north. Turn right once you reach West Road and then take the first left onto Timberlakes Drive at the park entrance. Harbor Ridge Road is the first left; take it to access the park’s visitor center and trailhead.
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