Enjoy A Prehistoric Adventure With Your Family On This Trail In Ohio That’s Rich With Remnants From The Past

My name is Sarah, and I’m a writer and editor here at OnlyInYourState. Born and raised in the Buckeye State, I am endlessly inspired by this beautiful country of ours and feel as though I might have lived in the Pacific Northwest in a previous life. As a mom of four kids, I’m always on the lookout for new adventures, and despite living in Ohio for 35 years, I am constantly surprised by the state’s natural beauty. Enough about me — welcome to OnlyInYourState’s Everyday Explorers. 

Adventures abound in the Buckeye State, especially in my little corner of the state in Southwest Ohio. Cincinnati is known as the Queen City, but it might as well be called the Green City, as it’s home to world-class city *and* county parks, the former of which ranks among the country’s top public parks systems. Sharon Woods is one of Hamilton County’s Great Parks, and it’s perhaps the most popular and accessible. Centrally located, it’s 730 acres of glorious Ohio woods, wilderness, waterfalls… and fossils. Yes, fossils! And you’ll find these prehistoric relics along one of the most beautiful trails in all of Ohio: the eponymous Sharon Woods Gorge Trail.

The Sharon Woods Gorge Trail is located within the eponymous Sharon Woods, which you’ll find at 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, Ohio, 45241. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk, all year round. Admission to Sharon Woods is free; however, you’ll need a Great Parks of Hamilton County vehicle permit for entry. The cost of an annual Motor Vehicle Permit is $10/year for residents of Hamilton County and $16 for all other park visitors, and grants access to all 21 parks and preserves within the Great Parks of Hamilton County system.

For another prehistoric adventure in the Buckeye State, check out Trammel Fossil Park, an off-the-beaten-path spot (also in Sharonville!) where kids can learn about Cincinnati’s rich history, dig for fossils, and then take their findings home. And the best part? Admission to this hidden gem in Ohio is free!

Address: Gorge Trail, Sharonville, OH 45241, USA