We had to find some way to celebrate Less’s first birthday, but when we got the chance to attend Opening Day on Friday night, our outing was shortened to one night. No matter! It is just a chance to explore some options closer to home. We pass the signs for Big Bone Lick (and giggle) on anytime we head south and Ted visited frequently as a kid, but we haven’t had a chance to explore recently. Continue reading “Big Bone Lick State Historic Site”
Today we were looking to do an approximate 10 miles somewhere in the Cincinnati area. Since I worked late last night and Ted just returned from a four day business trip, we defaulted to our favorite local hiking spot.
The Cincinnati Nature Center is the largest member-supported nature center in the country. In addition to fantastic nature programming and an amazing nature playscape, it offers 1,600 acres of wilderness and 16 miles of trail just outside of the 275 loop. Cost is $8 per adult, but I highly recommend anyone buy an annual membership and explore the many options available year-round. Continue reading “Cincinnati Nature Center Perimeter Trail”
This weekend we picked our hiking destination based on weather.com. Cold temperatures and light snow were predicted for most of a three hour radius of Cincinnati, so we aimed for as far south as we dared go on a Friday night. We had avoided this park on previous trips because the reviews of the trails were not particularly positive. Much of what I had read was that the trails were nearly ruined by horses. But we figured muddy trails were better than snowy trails and got into the campground late Friday evening. There was the added bonus of crossing into the central time zone on the way.
Our first stop in the morning was the ranger station to get the obligatory passport stamp and seek opinions on the best trails in the area. The visitor center was chaotic with those purchasing cave tour tickets. The rangers were not particularly helpful in selecting a trail, but informed us that over 70 miles of trail were available. This was very appealing already. So many of the longer hikes in the midwest take us from road bed to backyard with little wilderness in between. We looked forward to actually getting away from it all. Looking at the map we devised a loop with the Sal Hallow and Buffalo Creek trails and headed for the Maple Springs trailhead.