10 Best Park Trails for Social Distancing in Clermont County

Sep. 28 2020

Clermont County is your one-stop destination for all things outdoors, whether it’s hiking or biking there is ample amount of space to do it all, and enough room to move around and not have to worry about crowded spaces or running into too many people.

Clermont County is your one-stop destination for all things outdoors, whether it’s hiking or biking there is ample amount of space to do it all, and enough room to move around and not have to worry about crowded spaces or running into too many people. Clermont County has several trails that range from easy to difficult, some open to bikes, others are best on foot.

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If you’re looking to avoid people and get some fresh air, here are some of the trails and parks in Clermont County park officials have said are the best trails for social distancing.

1. East Fork State Park – Backpack Trail

The Backpack trail at East Fork is 14 miles long and takes anywhere from 7 to 9 hours for a day hike or 2 days for overnight. The trail is laid out in a fashion where the first 5.5 miles are hiked in two directions and the remaining 3 miles as a loop. The terrain of East Fork is not nearly as demanding as the hilly terrain of southeast Ohio. For that reason, East Fork may be a smart choice for beginning backpackers. The Backpack Trail is perfect for anyone who is looking for a long hike and a chance to not run into many people.

Trailhead coordinates: 39.0065°N, 84.1419°W 

2. Sycamore Park- Wilson Nature Preserve

The James L. and Frances Wilson Nature Preserve encompasses 145 acres along the East Fork of the Little Miami River, including a 25-acre island in the river. More than three miles of trails provide challenging hiking opportunities to the top of a ridge with excellent fall views of the East Fork river valley. Large trees and abundant wildflowers provide food and cover for white-tailed deer, wild turkeys and many other types of wildlife. The preserve is ideal for those who want to connect with nature and spot some wildlife!

4082 OH-132, Batavia, OH 45103

3. Cincinnati Nature Center – Lookout Trail

Lookout Trail at Rowe Woods in the Cincinnati Nature Center is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked loop. The trail located near Milford, features a great forest setting and is great for all skill levels! The Lookout Loop is primarily used for hiking and running and dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4949 Tealtown Rd, Milford, OH 45150

4. East Fork- Steve Newman Worldwalker (Perimeter Trail) Loop

Located near Bethel the trail features Harsha Lake and offers a number of activity options. The Steve Newman Worldwalker Perimeter Trail is best used from April to October and is a 27.3 mile moderately trafficked loop. The trail is perfect for anyone who is looking for a longer more difficult hike this fall.

East Fork South Trailhead, Bethel, OH 45106

5. East Fork- Mountain Bike Trails

The Mountain Bike Trail is 10 miles long and careens around the ridges overlooking Harsha Lake and are some of the most scenic in the region. Lots of miles make for a fun day, and on-trail campsites are a favorite with bikepackers. This trail is great for anyone who wants to pack up their bike for the day and enjoy some wonderful views!

Perimeter Trail, Bethel, OH 45106

6. Stonelick – Red Fox Trail

The Red Fox Trail is a 5.3 mi loop that is considered a moderate to easy hike. The trail features lake views with picnic tables to relax and enjoy and is great for hikers and those that are looking to bring their horse or dog along for the ride!

Lake Dr, Goshen, OH 45122

7. Kelley Nature Preserve

Created in part as a gift to the Park District by Virginia Kelley as a memorial to her husband, Walter A. Kelley, the 42-acre nature preserve located along the scenic Little Miami River and features more than a mile of hiking trails, canoe/kayak access to the Little Miami River, scenic river views and a meadow with a spectacular display of wildflowers.

297 OH-126, Loveland, OH 45140

8. Stonelick State Park – South Shore Beach

A nice public beach provides enjoyment for swimmers and sunbathers on the lake’s south shore. Consisting of 1,058 acres the still waters of the lake and stately woodlands provide the perfect setting for a host of outdoor recreational activities for you and your best buddy to enjoy. The lake, which allows electric motorboats and has two launch ramps for kayaks, canoes, paddle boarding, and fishing boats. Additionally, on the lake south shore there is a wonderful public beach perfect for taking a swim, soaking up some sun or playing a game of fetch! There are also several trails and a pet friendly campground with 100 sites.

 2895 Lake Dr, Pleasant Plain, OH 45162

9. East Fork State Park North Entrance – Tailwater Trail

The Tailwater Trail is 1.3 miles long and features a beautiful meadow with wildflowers offering a number of activities. The trail rolls through the woods with nice views from the ridge all the way down to the creek and is perfect for those in search of a quick and easy scenic hike.

3294 Elklick Rd, Bethel, OH 45106

10. Chilo Lock 34 Park

Chilo Lock 34 Park features a 1.5-acre wetland that provides great wildlife-watching opportunities with two picnic shelters and a steamboat-themed playground! Located right on the Ohio River you can visit the Chilo Lock 34 Visitor Center and Museum and learn about the history of the Ohio River and its locks and dams.

Chilo Lock 34 Park, Felicity, OH 45120