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About Long Branch Farm & Trails

Nestled in Goshen just 9 miles northeast of Milford and 6 miles east of Loveland, there is a hidden gem for all Cincinnati Nature Center members—Long Branch Farm & Trails. Be sure to take the time to visit this special place which is accessible to Nature Center members only.

In 1973, Neil McElroy (former Procter & Gamble CEO and former Secretary of Defense) and his wife Camilla gave their beloved Long Branch Farm to Cincinnati Nature Center. The McElroys had a long-standing interest in education and wished to see the property become an environmental education facility.

For years, the Nature Center operated the land as a working farm, educating visitors about agricultural ecology. Then in 2007, the Nature Center refocused the farm’s mission. Today, we lease the agricultural fields to a local farmer and preserve the rest of the land in its natural state. Members will find 4 miles of hiking trails winding through 642 acres of deciduous forest, fields, streams and ponds.

Members can expect a Walden-like setting at Long Branch Farm where you’ll have bountiful forests, picturesque meadows, and pristine streams all to yourselves. We repeatedly hear members say that it is a place of peace and serenity, a much-needed answer to our frenzied and technology-driven world.

The Nature Center does not regularly staff a Gatehouse and Visitor Center at Long Branch Farm & Trails. Though any time of the year, you may see staff maintaining the trails, Conservation team members removing invasive plants, or Citizen Science volunteers monitoring Bluebird boxes. And during summer months, you can see children trekking through fields, forests and streams while CincyNature Camp counselors guide their discoveries in this land of natural wonders.

When you visit, please know that trail maps are available at the kiosk in front of the Creekside Barn and composting toilets and a drinking fountain (turned on during seasonal months) are located adjacent to the Barn. Always check our website for current grounds hours.

Don’t miss the treasures Long Branch Farm & Trails has to offer!