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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 & Conservation Ethics

Our Trail Rules adhere to and promote healthy conservation ethics. They are based not only on a respect for nature and other visitors—they are based on and supported by scientific research. Our efforts to preserve the ecology of this unique place are for you and for the next generation of visitors. Enjoy your time outdoors responsibly and with minimum impact.

To protect our land
1. Remain on designated trails to protect woodland habitat and prevent erosion to vulnerable hillsides. Off-trail activity is prohibited.
2. Trails are reserved for foot traffic only.
3. Walk in groups of 12 or fewer. Run in groups of 6 or fewer.
4. Do not litter. Pack it in, pack it out.
5. Picnic in designated picnic areas only.
6. Tree-climbing is not allowed. Trees are habitat for mammals, insects, and birds.
7. Flower-picking is not allowed. Flowers should remain for everyone’s enjoyment!
8. Specimen, rock, or fossil collecting is not allowed. Observe the treasures around you.
9. Hunting is not allowed.

To protect our water
10. Remain on boardwalks and stepping stones to protect aquatic habitat and prevent erosion to pond edges and streambanks.
11. Wading and fishing are not allowed.
12. Stream exploration is not allowed.
13. Pond exploration is allowed only at Matt’s Pond with a Nature Center dipping net and permit, both available at the Rowe Visitor Center.
14. Feeding waterfowl and other wildlife is prohibited. Fish and turtle feeding is 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.

To protect your experience
15. Children 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
16. Weapons, including concealed firearms, are prohibited on our premises. [with no guns symbol]
17. Smoking, including e-cigarettes and all other smoking devices, is prohibited. Welcome to a smoke-free environment! [with no smoking symbol]

Dog Rules
While many nature centers do not allow dogs, we welcome them. We hope that visitors and members help protect that privilege by following our Dog Rules. These rules are in place to keep our visitors, wildlife, and pets safe.

1. Register your dog at the Rowe Woods Gatehouse.
2. Dogs must be leashed and under control at all times. Six-foot leash rules apply to the entire property at all times.
3. Keep your dog on the path provided. Dogs are prohibited from wading or swimming in water.
4. Prevent contact between your dog and other guests.
5. Clean up after your dog AND carry the bag to the nearest garbage can.
6. Dogs are not permitted in the Nature PlayScape or inside Nature Center buildings.

If you see a dog off-leash, out of control, or in distress, call Visitor Services at (513) 831-1711 or (513) 965-4245.

Cincinnati Nature Center reserves the right to apply penalties or revoke a membership if a person does not follow the Rules we have put in place. In such case, no refund will be issued.

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