Camping within metro areas can be sketchy at best. In Cincinnati, we are very fortunate to be able to get away to the few campgrounds with the Hamilton County parks system. We grew up playing on the playgrounds at Winton Woods, but haven’t had much opportunity to explore the campground. When spring weather finally arrived, we decided to head over for the work week.
For a suburban campground, Winton Woods is rather large – 123 total sites, including 37 with full hookups. The full hook up sites (including 12 pull-throughs) are located near the entrance and feature large paved parking pads. The tent sites are not as level and are more variable in size, but at least feature 30 amp electricity and many are on the water. The tent sites are doable for all but the largest of trailers or RVs. Continue reading “Winton Woods Campground”
Once again, it seems have accidentally found a gem in Ohio. I’m not sure how long it would have taken us to find Paint Creek State Park otherwise, but this was the campground closest to the Highlands Nature Sanctuary – headquarters for the Arc of Appalachia Wildflower Pilgrimage.
Reservations weren’t accepted this early in the season, but we arrived a bit before dinner on Friday and got a prime spot along the water. These sites come with a surcharge, but I can’t think of a better way to spend $10 than to be right on the water. These premium sites also feature a deck for eating. Continue reading “Paint Creek State Park”
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”