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Rowe Woods trails wind through Eastern deciduous forest, fields, streams and ponds.

Rowe Woods in Milford, Ohio is just east of Cincinnati, spanning 1,025 acres (including 65 acres of old growth forest) and offering more than 16 miles of hiking trails. 

Hike For Your Health

Pick up a Hike for Your Health passport at the Rowe Visitor Center. After completing each trail, stop by the Front Desk to get a stamp. After hiking all 15 trails at Rowe Woods and Long Branch Farm & Trails, bring your completed passport back to receive a special prize.

For more information, visit our Hike for Your Heath page!

Trail Rules

For your safety, preservation of our natural resources, and consideration for other visitors, please observe the following trail guidelines:

  1. Remain on designated trails and boardwalks to protect woodland and aquatic habitats.
  2. Foot traffic only.
  3. No collecting, hunting or fishing. Observe but do not disturb plants and wildlife.
  4. Walk in groups of 12 or fewer.
  5. Do not litter. Pack it in, pack it out.
  6. Picnic in designated picnic areas only, not on trails.
  7. Children 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
  8. Feeding waterfowl and other wildlife is prohibited. Fish and turtle feeding only allowed at Powel Crosley Lake from April 1 – October 31. Do not feed bread. Feed only pellets available for sale (seasonally) at The Nature Shop.
  9. Pet Owners:
    a. Pets must be leashed and under control at all times. Leash rules apply to the entire property at all times.
    b. Carry out your pet’s waste. Disposal bags are available for your convenience.
    c. Keep your dog on the path provided. Pets are prohibited from wading or swimming in water.
    d. Dogs are not permitted in the Nature PlayScape or inside buildings.
  10. Dipping nets are allowed only at Matt’s Pond with a permit, available at the Rowe Visitor Center.
  11. No firearms allowed on Cincinnati Nature Center property.
  12. Smoking is prohibited. Welcome to a smoke-free environment!

How We Rate Our Trails

An easy trail:

  • Is comparatively flat
  • Is < 1.25 miles in length
  • Is at least 3 feet in width
  • Has stream crossings with bridges

A moderate trail:

  • Contains greater elevation changes
  • Is ˃ 1.5 miles in length
  • Varies in width
  • Presents a stream crossing with abundant stepping stones
  • Has a natural surface and could be muddy or slippery when wet

A difficult trail has at least one of the following characteristics:

  • Has significant elevation change
  • Is > 2.5 miles in length
  • Presents a stream crossing with fewer stepping stones
  • Is comparatively remote to other trails