Shaker Trace Trail

Ohio

Shaker Trace Trail Facts

States: Ohio
Counties: Hamilton
Length: 7.8 miles
Trail end points: Mt Hope Rd. and Harbor Ridge Dr. and Mt Hope Rd. and Harbor Ridge Dr.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6437674
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Shaker Trace Trail Description

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 and Trail Access

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.

Shaker Trace Trail Reviews

Nice and mostly flat. The trail could use better signage. Got confusing on the inner and outer loop.

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 15 or 25-mile loops in this area. Avoid the trail on weekends, like most park trails, but otherwise enjoy the variety.

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" loop there are few walkers.

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