Hike. Bike. Paddle.

Jun. 17 2023

With three state parks, access to the Ohio River and numerous trails, Clermont County has countless ways to get outside and get active. Whether you prefer to travel on foot, on wheels or with a paddle, there’s a place for you here.


Travel by foot. As one of the largest state parks in Ohio, East Fork State Park boasts nearly 5,000 acres of land- and if you're a fan of geocaching, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to search for hidden treasures on the park’s 19 distinct hiking trails. Lace up your boots and embark on the 16-mile Backpack Trail for a rigorous hike through wooded areas or set your sights on the Steve Newman World Walker Perimeter Trail, which winds around the park a whopping 33 miles.

The Cincinnati Nature Center offers 10 additional trails to explore, including the Lookout Trails, where you can take a breather amidst gorgeous forests and waterside views. For even more stunning scenery, head south to Chilo Lock 34 Park. Nestled on the banks of the Ohio River, the 39-acre park features a wildlife nature preserve, free boat launches, riverside trails and a river history museum.


Travel on wheels. Ready to put your wheels to the rest? In Clermont County, you’ll find several bike trails of varying lengths and difficulties. Start out on the Williamsburg to Batavia Hike/Bike Trail, a 6-mile, paved trail that twists through the East Fork State Park Campground and Wildlife Area. Avid mountain bikers should also stop by East Fork to try out one of the park's seven mountain biking trails. Near the campgrounds, the ½-mile Whippoorwill Trail is great for beginners, while other trails contain steep hills and switchbacks that are perfect for more advanced riders.

If you're looking for the ultimate bike trail, there’s no better choice than the Little Miami Scenic Trail. For 78 miles, the path travels through forests, small towns, nature preserves and more, all while following the breathtaking Little Miami River. Ride a stretch and then stop by one of the towns to visit various attractions or have lunch at a local restaurant.


Travel by water. With the Ohio and Little Miami Rivers in the area, plus ample creeks and lakes, Clermont County also brims with opportunities to get out on the water with your kayak or canoe. Venture to Kelly Nature Preserve for east access to the Little Miami River. While you’re there, you can also enjoy 42-acres of scenic views before hitting the water. Don’t have your own canoe or kayak? No problem- Stonelick State Park provides seasonal rentals, which you can take to the launch ramp to access the beautiful, 200-acre Stonelick lake. Or book a paddling adventure with Loveland Canoe and Kayak, where all the supplies you need for a great trip are included.

The Ohio River isn’t difficult to reach, either- Clermont County boasts several cities and towns adjacent to the river, including Chilo and New Richmond, just east of Cincinnati. Check out the Ohio River Way to learn more about this 250- mile stretch of the Ohio River that serves as a recreational corridor spanning from Portsmouth to West Point, Kentucky.