Cincinnati June 27, 2017
9 Amazing State Parks Around Cincinnati That Will Blow You Away
In the Cincinnati area, there’s no excuse to avoid getting in touch with nature. Within a few short hours of the city, there are numerous state parks that overflow with natural beauty and adventure and are easily accessible for all interests and abilities. Here, we’ve featured nine of the best state parks that are very close to home and are spread out between Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. You might be surprised by the diversity and activities available at these parks that will surely blow you away.
1. Caesar Creek State Park - 8570 East State Route 73 Waynesville, OH 45068
Located about an hour northeast of downtown, Caesar Creek is a popular destination in the town of Waynesville. This gorgeous area is great for all sorts of outdoor recreation, including hiking, fishing, boating, and camping. The history of this land is fascinating and the 1,300 ft sandy beach is a great escape in the summer.
2. East Fork State Park - 3294 Elklick Road Bethel, Ohio 45106
East Fork State Park is one of the closest locations to Cincinnati, as it is situated in Bethel. This large park is known for its exciting hiking trails and 2,160 acre lake that is ideal for any water activity. The campground is also popular with 416 sites and beautiful views.
3. John Bryan State Park - 3790 State Route 370
Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387
Nearby in Yellow Springs, John Bryan State Park is one of the most scenic parks in the state. With picturesque hiking trails and a number of waterfalls scattered throughout the park, this park serves as a natural museum of how the land once was. The Little Miami River provides excellent fishing and the park also has 100 non-electric campsites.
4. Brown County State Park - 1810 State Road 46 E Nashville, IN 47448
A little further away into Indiana, you'll find Brown County State Park. Indiana's largest state park is in Nashville, a quaint town worth a visit on its own. The large park is full of endless activity and opportunities for exploration and the rustic Abe Martin Lodge makes it an ideal spot year round.
5. Clifty Falls State Park - 1501 Green Rd. Madison, IN 47250
Also in Indiana, Clifty Falls State Park is a magical park near the charming town of Madison. Aptly named for its beautiful waterfalls, there are plenty of unique hikes and activities within this popular park.
6. Versailles State Park - U.S. 50 Versailles, Indiana 47042
Just a short drive from Cincinnati, Versailles State Park in Indiana is tucked away in thick forest and around a lovely 230-acre lake. A large campground is available, as well as a refreshing pool that is great for families. The park has great hiking, and biking options. You'll also have the chance to get out on the lake with a canoe or kayak.
7. Big Bone Lick State Park - 3380 Beaver Road Union, Kentucky 41091
Next we head south into Northern Kentucky to one of the most unique parks in the region. Big Bone Lick State Park is home to the infamous herd of American buffalo, and it also has a campground and numerous acres to explore and discover.
8. General Butler State Resort Park - 1608 Highway 227 Carrollton, Kentucky 41008
Also in Kentucky, but not too far from Cincinnati, General Butler is a resort park, which means it has a lovely resort atmosphere and lodge, making it a great getaway. This historic area is named after General William Orlando Butler from colonial times and its hilltop location offers spectacular views of the scenic surroundings.
9. Kincaid Lake State Park - 565 Kincaid Park Road
Falmouth, Kentucky 41040
In nearby Falmouth, Kentucky is Kincaid Lake State Park. The lake itself is a great spot for fishing, boating, and swimming and the lakefront pool is a relaxing retreat, close to Cincinnati.
Do you take advantage of our area’s wonderful state parks? Did we miss your favorite? Share with us in the comments so we can check it out next!
For more information on all of the state parks listed, visit their website here.