City of Cincinnati Parks’Mt. Airy Forest
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5083 Colerain Avenue
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Cincinnati’s largest park, Mt. Airy Forest is 1,471 acres located about 10 minutes from downtown. Established in 1911 as the nation’s first urban reforestation project, the park has wooded ridges and valleys that offer hiking trails and bridle paths as well as an arboretum, picnic areas, playgrounds and pavilions.
The park includes 700 acres of reforested hardwoods of red oak, sugar maple and hackberry as well as 200 acres of forested evergreens.
Across the state, The Nature Conservancy is working to protect large blocks of forest, like that found at Mt. Airy Forest, in order to provide habitat for wildlife like migratory birds, offset impacts from climate change and provide recreational opportunities.
Why It Matters
Mt. Airy Forest offers a never-ending variety of natural beauty. While surrounded by an urban environment, it is home to a great variety of flora and fauna including whitetail deer and a rare and endangered salamander.
The park has developed over the years—especially during the Depression and post-World War II period—into a variety of areas, spaces and structures designed to accommodate recreational, social and educational activities. Today it continues to offer a large expanse of protected land within the city limits where the public can enjoy the richness and diversity of nature.
Natural Treasures Landmark
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Everybody’s Tree House
Fun Things to Do and See
While on the hunt for the landmark, enjoy the abundant adventures this Ohio treasure has to offer. The thrill of nature can be experienced at any level!
- Visit the arboretum at Mt. Airy Forest. With more than 5,000 plants, how will you select your favorite? What did you see that was the most unusual?
- Channel the child within and stop by the handicap-accessible Everybody’s Tree House. Pay attention to the architecture, as it was specially designed to allow movement and growth of the supporting trees.
- Test your athletic ability with a round of disc golf. How is your long drive?
- Take a hike along the 1.9-mile Stone Step Loop. Embrace the serenity of the waterfall and breathe in the sweet aroma of honeysuckle along the way.
- Discover the wonders of the three-mile Ponderosa Trail. Be on the alert for the fossil beds millions of years old.
- Saddle up your horse for a tranquil ride along the various bridle trails the park boasts. How many red and white oaks did you spot along the way?