Whether it’s during the week or on the weekend, fall is the perfect time to experience the MetroParks of Butler County. This is time way from schedules and electronics to enjoy the trails, playgrounds, scenic landscaping and so much more of 4,500 acres across Butler county.
On a cool-crisp fall Sunday morning, with our favorite coffees in hand, my family journeyed to MetroPark’s Rentschler Forest. Located northeast of Hamilton along SR 4 and Regard Rd., this park is over 400 acres of Ohio treasures including: woodlands, scenic views of the Great Miami River, historic remnants of the old Miami-Erie Canal, prehistoric Indian earthwork, reconstructed wetland and a variety of recreational outdoor activities.
We decided to explore the Reigart Road Area of Rentschler Forest, and immediately discovered the gorgeous landscaping and river views upon arrival. While my husband could not wait to run the variety of hiking trails, my daughter and I wanted to explore the river bank. We found a charming bench to sip our morning beverages and enjoy each other’s company while watching all the nature surrounding us.
Then we found ivy-covered, whimsical stone steps that led to the banks. After skipping stones and hoping to find fish and turtles (no luck), we walked more of the park grounds finding the practice soccer fields and children’s play areas. My daughter enjoyed all the attractions of the playground especially climbing and swinging.
As the weather became cooler and rain threatened, our time at the park came to a close. But there is so much more that we will explore soon. I would love to have a gathering at one of the reservable picnic shelters along the river. Friends and family will love the seasonal foliage while enjoying the many park amenities. Plus, the rustic fire pits are perfect for summer and fall nights roasting marshmallows and telling stories and singing songs.
Most importantly: The Stone House was repurposed with new flush restrooms. As a mom, this is such a huge bonus!
So take time this fall to enjoy MetroParks of Butler County! Enjoy a healthy lifestyle by getting outdoors with your family and exploring nature with all its wonders. Click here for more information on Rentschler Forest.
(Note: Motor Vehicle Permit Required. FREE to Butler County residents. Non-Residents $5/daily or $10/annually.)