Friday, May 20, 2016

Farbach Werner Nature Preserve

0.7 miles - paved and natural surface trails - all ages

Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve may be one of the smallest parks in the Great Parks of Hamilton County system, but don’t overlook its importance. Located on Colerain Avenue (US 27) between I-275 and the Cross-County Highway, this gem of a park offers a welcome respite among the busyness of a suburban corridor. Especially in the winter, with the leaves off the trees, it is very apparent how much development there is around the park. In the summer though, a visitor to Farbach-Werner can easily feel removed from the bustle of activity just outside the park boundaries.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Gilmore Metropark, Part Two

multiple loops 0.8-2.0 miles - natural surface trails - all ages

The surprisingly-natural urban park that is Gilmore Metropark is a great place to take a walk in the woods or go birding. This 250-acre park contains multiple well-maintained trails; a short, 0.9-mile hike along Kingfisher Pond was discussed in our previous post.

Outer Loop Hike - 2 miles
A longer two-mile loop trail also begins from the Gilmore parking lot and follows the previous hike to the end of Kingfisher Pond. At the trail intersection near the wildlife blind, continue straight ahead along the canal and railroad tracks to your left. This section of the trail is relatively open and can be very sunny and warm in the summer. About a half-mile past the wildlife blind, the trail turns sharply to the right and enters a more wooded area. For most of the year, there will be a pond on your right at this turn, as well as a watered but overgrown canal on your left as you proceed into the woods.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Gilmore Metropark, Part One

multiple loops 0.8-2.0 miles - natural surface trails - all ages

Nestled among industrial buildings, an active rail line, and the Butler County Regional Airport, there exists a remarkably diverse natural area encompassing over 250 acres of wetlands, prairie, and forest, entirely within the city limits of Hamilton. Gilmore Metropark (formerly known as Gilmore Ponds Preserve) boasts an ever-changing landscape of wildlife habitat ringed with walking trails. Bring your binoculars and field guide – you’re sure to see something interesting regardless of the season.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

South Milford Trail

4 mile out-and-back – varied surface trail – all ages

This week’s hike departs from the delightful trail town of Milford, Ohio. Located on US 50 east of Cincinnati, this small town on the Little Miami River boasts the convergence of seven long-distance trails, along which the intrepid hiker can reach all corners of the state of Ohio and both coasts of the North American continent. With this diversity of paths from which to choose, the Rambler will be featuring many hikes in and around Milford; this week, we’re headed south.

What I’m dubbing the South Milford Trail is in truth the westernmost end of the Buckeye Trail’s Williamsburg section, which extends east from Milford for just over fifty miles to Mt. Orab in Brown County. This section of the Buckeye Trail also hosts the North Country National Scenic Trail and the coast-to-coast American Discovery Trail, although neither is specifically signed along the route.