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.