Rowe Woods Trails
Rowe Woods features trails winding through Eastern deciduous forest, fields, streams, and past ponds and wetlands. It spans 1,016 acres (including 65 acres of old growth forest) and offers more than 14 miles of hiking trails.
Long Branch Farm & Trails
Long Branch Farm & Trails spans 767 acres if forest and farmland, with five miles of hiking trails. Trails wind through Eastern deciduous forest, fields, streams, and past ponds and wetlands.
Please note: Long Branch Farm & Trails is accessible to Cincinnati Nature Center members only.
How We Rate Our Trails
An easy trail:
- Is relatively flat
- Is less than 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 greater than 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 greater than 2.5 miles in length
- Presents a stream crossing with fewer stepping stones
- Is comparatively remote to other 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 Health page!
Trail Rules & Conservation Ethics
Our Trail Rules adhere to and promote healthy conservation ethics. They are based on a respect for nature and other visitors, and are supported by scientific research. Our efforts to preserve the ecology of this unique place are for you and for the next generation. Enjoy your time outdoors responsibly and with minimum impact.
To protect our land
- Remain on designated trails to protect woodland habitat and prevent erosion to vulnerable hillsides. Off-trail activity is prohibited.
- Trails are reserved for foot traffic only.
- Walk in groups of 12 or fewer. Run in groups of six or fewer.
- Do not litter. Pack it in, pack it out.
- Picnic in designated picnic areas only.
- Tree-climbing is not allowed. Trees are habitat for mammals, insects and birds.
- Flower-picking is not allowed. Flowers should remain for everyone’s enjoyment!
- Specimen, rock or fossil collecting is not allowed. Observe the treasures around you.
- Hunting is not allowed.
To protect our water
- Remain on boardwalks and stepping stones to protect aquatic habitat and prevent erosion to pond edges and stream banks.
- Wading and fishing are not allowed.
- Stream exploration on trail path only.
- Pond exploration is allowed only at Matt’s Pond with a Nature Center dipping net and pond pack available at the Rowe Visitor Center.
- Feeding waterfowl and other wildlife is prohibited. Fish and turtle feeding is allowed only 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
- Children 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
- Weapons, including concealed firearms, are prohibited on our premises.
- Smoking, including e-cigarettes and all other smoking devices, is prohibited. Welcome to a smoke-free environment!
- Because hammocking can be harmful to trees, it is only permitted on the Hammock Hangout posts found on Harmony Ridge. Hammocks are available for check-out at the Rowe Visitor Center. Enjoy!
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 a case, no refund will be issued.
We welcome leashed and registered pets on our trails. We hope that visitors and members help protect that privilege by following our Pet Rules. These rules are in place to keep our visitors, wildlife, and pets safe.
- Register your pet at the Rowe Woods Gatehouse. You can also register them online here.
- Dogs and other pets must be leashed and under control at all times. Six-foot leash rules apply to the entire property at all times.
- Keep your pet on the path provided. Pets are prohibited from wading or swimming.
- Prevent contact between your pet and other guests.
- Clean up after your pet AND carry the bag to the nearest garbage can.
- Pets are not permitted in the Nature PlayScape or inside Nature Center buildings.
If you see a pet off-leash, out of control, or in distress, call Visitor Services at (513) 831-1711 or (513) 965-4245.