Mt. Airy Forest Treehouse
Mt. Airy Forest Treehouse

Mt. Airy Forest

You could easily spend an entire morning or afternoon exploring this nearly 1,500-acre park, the largest in the city about 15 minutes northwest of downtown. Kids will love if you pick a trail that begins or ends at the one-of- a-kind Everybody’s Treehouse, the only handicap-accessible treehouse in Ohio. cincinnatiparks.com
 

Tower Park in Ft. Thomas

The wooded, hilly trails lead you close to the banks of the Ohio River, although you’ll have to look closely to catch a glimpse of the water through the thick leafy canopy. The entrance to the park is marked by a 102-foot stone water tower, with one of the trailheads accessible from the parking lot at the first left turn after the entrance. ftthomas.org
 

California Woods Nature Preserve

If you choose this park as a hiking destination, be sure to seek out the boardwalk-style portions of the trails. They’re built a bit off the ground, so it feels like you’re suspended in the greenery. You’ll find the trailheads just outside the Nature Center, which is filled with hands-on exhibits for the kids. 
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Ault Park

This 223-acre park offers miles of well-maintained trails that many local hikers don’t even know exist. You’ll find one of the trailheads on the north side of the formal garden and pavilion area, just to the right of a small picnic area. cincinnatiparks.com
staircase and hedges in Ault Park
Ault Park
Written by Jessica Gordon.