Cincinnati December 08, 2016
5 Natural Hidden Gems In Cincinnati Most People Don’t Know Even Exist
Cincinnati is full of great parks, and some are more known than others. Below is a list of favorite parks all across the city that not everyone knows about. These parks are great escapes all year round – so take advantage of the mild winter weather (at least it’s not snowing) and go from a brisk walk in any or all of these wonderful natural havens.
1. Anderson Township: Withrow Nature Preserve
Tucked away off Five Mile Road, Withrow Nature Preserve features a beautiful wooded area filled with wildflowers in the spring and summer, and a gorgeous meadow, great for walking your dog. It's also a perfect place for a winter hike, as the preserve looks impressive covered in snow (and you can cross-country ski in the meadow area). Don't miss the overlook area where you can sit and look at the Ohio River through the trees.
2. Northside: Parker Woods
A little oasis in the middle of the city, Parker Woods is full of surprises. This sweet forested area in Northside is the perfect length for a short hike to get your blood pumping, and a great hidden place to explore with your pup. The trails are full of wildflowers, cool fallen tree limbs that are sort of like sculptures, and interesting mushrooms that you probably shouldn't eat.
3. Delhi Township: Story Woods Park
This is an excellent park located off Pontius Road in Delhi Township that features 40 acres of land. There's a walking trail, a playground for kids, and even an unmarked trail that veers off the main one that takes you to a creek and offers great views of a nearby horse farm.
4. College Hill: LaBoiteaux Woods
Not too far from Northside and Parker Woods sits LaBoiteaux Woods, just off Lanius Lane in College Hill. Trails here will take you deep into a forest that features a stream and all sorts of wildflowers and hidden break off trails. It also features a picnic area, a nature center, and a popular summer camp.
5. Wyoming: Glenwood Gardens
Walking trails, formal gardens, prairies, forests and wetlands. Glenwood Gardens seems to have it all. It's an excellent place for bird watching as well as an ideal spot if you need to get away from humans for a spell. Glenwood Gardens is sprawling - but it's the kind of sprawl that's welcome.
Don’t forget to take your camera when you visit these gems. You’re going to want to capture the moment and share it with others. Did we miss any hidden parks? Tell us your favorites!