If you’re getting stir crazy from staying home, there is a solution. Find any hiking trail in Cincinnati with Tri-State Trails!
Since Governor DeWine issued the Stay-at-Home order over a month ago, I’ve been taking my kids out hiking a couple times a week. As per the order, outdoor exercise is allowed, as long as social distancing guidelines are maintained. My kids know the rules, and we make sure to keep our distance and wash our hands thoroughly upon arriving back home.
I’ve really treasured this time with my kids, who are always up for an adventure. We’ve visited such a great variety of parks, that we haven’t even missed going to playgrounds. Most hiking trails are ones I’d never been on before, and getting to see this side of Cincinnati has been wonderful. I’ve been using Tri-State Trails, a free resource, to find kid-friendly hiking trails in the area, and have discovered some true hidden gems.
Using Tri-State Trails is easy — simply use the Find a Trail search engine your zip code or suburb to find trails in your area. (There are over 570 miles of trails in Greater Cincinnati!) The search results will give you GPS coordinates, park address and website.
To date, we’ve hiked at several new-to-me parks, including French Park, California Woods Nature Preserve, Mt. Airy Arboretum and the Sharon Woods Gorge Trail. And with Tri-State Trails, I’ve also discovered new trails at Summit Park and Johnson Nature Preserve.
Right now, home is the safest place to be, and most days, that’s where you’ll find us. But a couple times a week, we’ve gotten out for some fresh air and exercise, and that’s something we’re all encouraged to do right now, as long as we are careful and safe.