I was excited to discover this quirky park about 25 miles north of the Cincinnati Metro area in the town of Hamilton.
There are 265 acres of rolling hills here, all dedicated as an art park. Most of the art here is in the form of sculptures.... large outdoor sculptures.
The Park combines " the lure of nature with the dynamic presence of monumental art. It is a setting where landscape and art come together in natural galleries among vast meadows and woodlands."
I think you'll like it, I certainly did. I'll be back again when the weather is better.
They also have a summer outdoor concert series, check their website for more details.
See my travelogue for more photos.
Fly to, or drive to, Sporty's Aviation at Clermont County Airport in nearby Batavia.
Sporty's is a nationally known Aviation Supply warehouse, most flyers have a copy of their catalog at home.
Bonus: Stop in for FREE hot dogs & Bratwurst on Saturdays from Noon to 2pm.
The Blind Lemon - hands-down one of my favorite places in Cincinnati. I wish they bottled the atmosphere here and SOLD it.
You might miss the Blind Lemon if you're not pointed to it by a local...and if you want to get to know locals, there is no better place to go. It's located in the steep streets of Mt. Adams - another world altogether in Cincinnati. Finding parking is hard, but drive around until you find a spot because you don't want to miss this.
Chances are if you can make it to Mt. Adams and just ask a passing-by local, they can point you right to the place near the corner of Hatch & Louden Streets. It doesn't look like much when you arrive...a small cobblestone alleyway between two buildings with a sign above. A plaque on the wall in the narrow, completely cobble-stoned alleyway shows names of all the celebrities that have visited throughout the years.
The night to go is a Friday or Saturday night in the summer. There is a bonfire pit surrounded by white, wrought-iron chairs. Ivy climbs the walls all around the courtyard. Don't worry about making noise dragging your chair closer to the fire. People smile at you from across the flames. Wait outside and one of their excellent wait staff will be by to take your drink order. Beer, coffee, mixed drinks... they have it.
The atmosphere in the open air courtyard is zen-like, dreamy, ethereal, and if you're feeling so inclined...romantic. Soft guitar music lulls you into a trance as you make conversation with others sitting near the fire. For a "bar", it's quiet and chilled-out. Inside, an antiquated bar curves throughout a low-ceilinged room overflowing with personality and charm. Much to your shock, you realize the music you were hearing outside was live...and there is usually someone with a guitar crooning in the corner. This is the perfect place to relax or make conversation. It's an EXCELLENT first-date hangout and great for those who want to meet new people. It is and always will be one of my favorite off-the-beaten path places in Cincinnati.
This sleeply tiny town on the banks of the Ohio is a great place to get away. The curvey, hilly roads make the Rabbit Hash a popular desitnation for motorcyclist. On the weekend with warm weather, bikers will flow though the town throughout the day.
The General Store is a cool old building with a cold beverage waiting, or maybe some homemade deer jerky. Often there is local band playing some bluegrass.
This little out of the way park is located on the East side of town. It has two great overlooks, one to view the Ohio river, and the other gives a great view of Lunken Airport.
Take Columbia Pkwy (rt 50) East from downtown. Not far after crossing Delta Ave, turn left of Tusculum Rd and climb the hill to Alms Park.
In the late 19th century and the early 20th century steamboats were riding up and down the main streams of the nation like the Mississippi, the Missouri and the Ohio river. Lots of those boats became famous because of different incidents. Some were smashed by floating ice, some sunk, some burned, and of course some were funtioning until retirement and the invention of new engine technologies. To honor all those legendary steamboats, a Steamboat Hall of Fame was established at the Ohio riverfront in Cincinnati. On each of the many chimney-like poles you can read about the history of another steamboat. No entry-fee. The Hall of Fame is basically just a walkway at the riverfront. But very interesting. I took my time to read the information on each of the poles and learnt a lot about the steamboats - and the American history.
After a fire burned down the elegant Palace of the Fans; a place that, judging by the pictures I’ve seen, lived up to its moniker, the Cincinnati Reds played ball at Crosley Field from 1912 until 1970. Crosley Field, known as Redland Field from 1912 to 1933, is best remember as the site of the first Major League night game on May 24, 1935. This set of benches, with another row nearby, are all that remain of this once grand old ballpark.
Exit I-75 at Western Avenue and proceed just past Dalton Street. The benches are located in front of the building on the right.
(yes, I know it took on a corporate name in 1996. I will not repeat it here)
I don’t imagine there will be any remnants or memorials for this circular monstrosity. Opened in 1970, this was the first outdoor ballpark to feature artificial turf. Although short lived, Riverfront Stadium saw a lot of history including the rise of the great “Big Red Machine” in the 1970s, Hank Aaron’s record-tying 714th career home run in 1974 and Pete Rose’s record breaking 4,192 career hit in 1985.
so this isn't in cincy, its about 1.5 hr. drive, but so worth the mentioning.
Yellow Springs, Ohio....probably one of the happiest places in our state. Its the kind of place where kids still play outside and people say hi to you as you walk down the street. Everything there is one-of-a-kind locally owned from the grocery store to the laundry mat. Antioch College is located there too. They have Ha Ha's pizza or the Ye Olde Tavern, which is in the haunted ohio books!! the town is surrounded by woods and you can go hiking, repelling, picnicing! and the drive out once your off the highway is something out of a movie. Make sure you put some Bob Dylan or Neil Young in your c.d. player for it:)
right off I-675 by Dayton, OH
Most of the 270 acres at Withrow Nature Preserve are undeveloped. They are preserved for nature. The core of the preserve was originally a private estate and the house, built in 1930, now serves as offices and meeting space. It is operated by the Hamilton County Parks Department.
Except for the house and about an acre of landscaped lawn, the property is heavily wooded. Beside the house is a small ampitheater-like wedding setting which is very popular for small marriage ceremonies. I officiated at a summer wedding there when two large black rat snakes slithered across the walkway, frightening some of the guests. But the snakes were only going about their business and are harmless.
Other animals that may be seen in the park include whitetail deer, foxes, raccoons, opossoms squirrels and many more. Trout Lily Trail offers a short, and sometimes steep, walk along a hillside covered with mature hardwoods. This is a particularly good place to see spring wildflowers.
That's about it. You will not find any playgrounds, picnic areas or other such amenities. There are plenty of other parks for that. This one is primarily set aside in an undisturbed natural state. It's a good place to find a little peace and quite.
7075 Five Mile Road
kAnderson Twp., 45230
Directions:Withrow Nature Preserve is in Anderson Township, on the east side of Cincinnati, just off US Hwy. 52.
In the extreme southeastern corner of Hamilton County is Woodland Mound, a 1,030-acre park operated by the Hamilton County Parks District. There is an ancient Indian burial ground here, but it is unlikely that you will see it. The mound is "protected " by being unmarked and hidden.
However, there is much else to see and do at Woodland Mound. In the center of the park is the Seasongood Nature Center with wildlife exhibits, two outdoor observation decks, a classroom, an auditorium and Nature's Niche Store. In the park you will also find the18-hole Vineyard Golf Course, Sweetwine Banquet Center, trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, a seasonal waterpark and and more. A campground and boat launch ramp on are located on the the southern edge of Woodland Mound along the Ohio River.
There are several great parks in Hamilton County. Woodland Mound was opened in 1980 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the county parks department. Because of it's out-of-the-way location Woodland Mound is usually less crowded than some of the other parks.
Woodland Mound may be reached by Taking U.S. Hwy. 52 east of Cincinnati. The main entrance is on Old Kellogg Road, just past Eight Mile Road.
Emotions strong it's hard to hide
The gratitude I feel inside
When courage called
You risked your life
I salute you
I close my eyes
Your face appears
It shows you've wept unmanly tears
For wounds of war are rarely seen
They're often buried deep within
Right prevails when self denied
A hope to live
A cause to die
You fought a war for liberty
Allegience is your legacy.
A Marine waits
At Heavens gate
Still standing in uniform
The time goes by and soon is heard
These cherished words to bring one home
"Step forward now with honor
You've borne your burden well
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets
You've done your time in hell"
I salute you
Emotions strong it's hard to hide
I salute you
For the rest of my life
I salute you
-from a fwd
Please have a silent moment in your heart, and prayers for the Marines' families
of that in 2005 hard hitten Ohio Lima Company that took such heavy losses,
please remember Ohio-Marines LCpl Taylor B. Prazynski (died May 9 2005),
Pfc Christopher R. Dixon (died May 11 2005), LCpl Timothy M. Bell (died August 3 2005),
LCpl David A. Mendez Ruiz (died November 12 2005), Pfc Christian D. Gurtner (died April 12 2003), LCpl Michael Smith (died April 17 2004), LCpl Bryan N. Taylor (died April 6 2006),
Pvt Heath D. Warner (died November 22 2006), Sgt Michael McClaren Kashkoush
(died January 23 2007), Cpl Derek C. Dixon (died June 26 2007), LCpl James F. Kimple
(died May 2 2008), Cpt Warren A. Frank (died November 25 2008), StaffSgt Mark A. Wojciechowski (died April 30 2009), GunnerySgt Adam F. Benjamin (died August 18 2009), LCpl David R. Baker (died Oct. 20 2009).
You did not die in vain!
One of the nicest neighborhoods of Cincinnati is the Hyde Park area. Huge mansions with beautyful gardens, short-cut lawns and broad boulevard-like roads. Just take a walk through this nice living area.
Florida is a very flat state. One thing that I really miss about Cincinnati is mountain biking through the trails of Tower Park. Tower Park is loacated about 10minutes south of downtown Cincy. The single track trails can get pretty harry at some points. Whenever I go, I expect to wreck at least half a dozen times ... so wear your safety gear! There's this one time that we had to fish my bike out of a tree (if you would like to hear about the details ... just drop me an email).
Here's the info on the place:
Tower Park is technical, obstacle laden and hilly but only 10-15 minutes from Cincinnati. Check out reviews of these paths at www.single-track.com. 606-441-4226
Directions: (from Cincinnati) I-471 South to the US Rt. 27 exit. Turn left onto US Rt. 27. Turn left onto Grandview Avenue. Turn left onto Ft. Thomas Ave. Turn right on Tower Place and follow signs to park.
Camp Dennison Civil War Monument is in a park-like setting where Galbraith Road dead-ends into Ohio Highway #126. There you will find a small monument, a flagpole, a mounted cannon, and an interpretative display. This marks the spot of Camp Dennison, one of three training camps for Ohio soldiers during the War Between the States. It was named for Ohio Governor William Dennison, a Cincinnati native.
The road here, in the Indian Hill community, is surrounded by farmland and receives relatively little traffic today. During the time it was an army camp, a railroad ran through it, and the Little Miami River is nearby for water. Many people visit the monument by bicycle since the popular Little Miami Hike/Bike trail (following the old railroad grade) crosses the road just in front of the monument.
No major Civil War battles were fought in southwestern Ohio. However, more than 50,000 recruits were trained here at Camp Dennison between 1861 and 1865. After the bloody battle of Shiloh, in Tennessee, the camp served as a hospital as well as a training center.
Eighteen commanders oversaw the camp during its short but busy existence. In September, 1865, at the end of the war, the camp was deactivated.
At the corner of Galbraith Road and OH-126, in Indian Hill, on the northeast side of Cincinnati.