This trail begins at the harbor and follows part of the 85-acre lake, which has been known to draw the occasional river otter or bald eagle.
A large variety of native trees can be found, including: white oak, pin oak, black walnut, red maple, sugar maple, Ohio buckeye, sycamore, dogwood and wild black cherry. These species are enticing to local wildlife!
Part of the trail follows Dry Fork Creek, where you can observe kingfishers, crayfish, water snakes, darters and even fossilized remains of Ordovician-era creatures that lived in this area 450 million years ago.
Enjoy small areas of restored prairie, full of colorful wildflowers and butterflies. The larger 7.8-mile Shaker Trace Trail winds through hundreds of acres of restored prairie and wetlands.
Closer to dawn or dusk, you may catch a glimpse of some resident mammals such as white-tailed deer, coyote, mink and red fox.
The trail features several exercise stations along its length to provide variety into your workout.
Exercising outdoors is one of the best ways to start a fitness routine that’s actually fun. We’re fortunate to live in a region rich in wonderful walking paths and hiking trails.
Great Cincy Strides is a regional movement to discover new trails while getting fit outdoors. Track your miles and your progress towards personal goals, find events to join up with walkers and discover new trails and walking routes to try. A new journey begins with just one step.
A valid Great Parks' Motor Vehicle Permit is required to enter the parks. Buy online
Armleder and Fernbank Parks are cooperative ventures with the Cincinnati Park Board; a Motor Vehicle Permit is not required.