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Help Your Pet be a Good Guest

We’re glad you’ve chosen Cincinnati Nature Center as your place to get outdoors with your pet! Hiking our trails, walking around the Rowe Visitor Center, and exploring at Long Branch Farm & Trails can be unfamiliar, busy, and sometimes overwhelming areas for pets. All visitors, including pets, can enjoy their experience at the Nature Center by respecting each other and the guidelines we’ve put in place to keep our visitors, wildlife, and pets safe.

We love having you and your pets visit our trails and we work hard to keep everyone safe while they are here on our grounds. We ask that you help us protect your pets, other visitors and pets, wildlife, and our trails by following our rules for pet/owner conduct.

Welcome to Advance Admission Sales

Not a member and want to visit Rowe Woods? We’d love to have you! Scroll down and click the date you want to visit to purchase your admission ahead of time. Your ticket is good for the entire day. Once you’ve purchased, you will give your name at the gatehouse for admission.

Please note that unvaccinated individuals, including children in kindergarten and older, must wear masks when inside any of our buildings. Masks are no longer required outside. Please bring your own masks.

If you have questions or are using a Nature for All discount, guest pass, or other discount code, please call us at 513-831-1711 between 9 am-5 pm to purchase admission ahead of time.

Thanks — we can’t wait to see you on our trails!

Admission Info at a Glance

July Grounds Hours: 7 am–9 pm

Admission Rates

Adults   $9
Children 4-12 years old   $4
Children 3 years old and younger   FREE
Seniors 65+ years old/Active Military   $6
Pets   $2

Purchase a membership within 14 days of your visit and the TOTAL price may be applied (up to price of membership). You must remit your admission receipt for redemption and only one receipt may be applied. It cannot be redeemed online. Click here for membership information. Please note that only general admission fees may be applied. Program and event fees do not apply.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. Please use caution while visiting.

Professional Photographers

Rowe Woods provides a beautiful backdrop for wedding parties, senior pictures, or family portraits. We do not require a permit or charge a fee for these kinds of photo shoots. However, you and your clients must pay daily admission.

To purchase one-day admission in advance for your clients, contact Anne Robinson at (513) 831-1711 ext. 151 or arobinson@cincynature.org.

Or better yet—join our organization and receive the benefits of nature all year long! We provide member levels with guest privileges that may be extended to your clients. Click here for membership information.

Group Rates

Group rates to visit Rowe Woods are available. Groups of 12 or more paying guests must preregister to receive the group rate. Click here for more information about bringing a group to the Nature Center.

a wooded trail

Trails

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

Rowe Woods is in Milford, Ohio is just east of Cincinnati. It spans 1,016 acres (including 65 acres of old growth forest) and offers more than 14 miles of hiking trails. 

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Welcome to the Nature PlayScape, where natural features are designed for open-ended creative play. Plants, soil, and water can be touched and manipulated, not just observed, to stimulate the senses and promote a sense of wonder. Picnic on the grass or relax on a bench while your children play.

We ask that you remain in the Nature PlayScape and be responsible for your children at all times. Please note that dogs are not allowed in the Nature PlayScape.

Questions or comments? Email us at natureplayscape@cincynature.org.

Sign up for the Nature PlayScape e-newsletter today!

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Visiting Rowe Woods

Rowe Woods is located at 4949 Tealtown Road; Milford, Ohio 45150. Click here for Google Maps.

Open-Close: 7 am-9 pm


Admission

Members are always free!

Nonmembers

Not a member? Come check us out for a day! You can purchase your tickets in advance by clicking here or pay when you come to the gate. 

$9     Adults
$6     Seniors 65+/Active Military
$4     Children 4-12 years old
Free   Children 3 years old and younger
$2     Pets

You can use your daily admission fee toward the cost of a membership. Purchase a membership within 14 days of your visit and the TOTAL price may be applied (up to price of membership). You must remit your admission receipt for redemption and only one receipt may be applied. It cannot be redeemed online. Click here for membership information. Please note that only general admission fees may be applied. Program and event fees do not apply.

Nature for All Discounts

Everyone should have the opportunity to experience nature! If you are enrolled in SNAP or WIC, you can purchase daily admission and membership with a significant discount. Proof of participation is required in person, with a valid SNAP or WIC card, along with a photo ID.

$4    Adults
$2    Children 4-12 years old
Free  Children 3 years old and younger

Children running along a grassy trail

Welcome!

Cincinnati Nature Center welcomes your group to come and schedule a visit to our beautiful Rowe Woods location. There are several options available for those interested in bringing their group to Cincinnati Nature Center. We offer group rates, special programs for select groups, staff-led options for adults, self-led opportunities and facility rentals. Groups of 12 to 60 paying guests may enjoy a group discount when the group registers at least two weeks in advance.

  • For more information regarding bringing your group to Cincinnati Nature’s Center’s magnificent grounds, please view our Group Policy.
  • Visitors coming out to enjoy our fantastic trails should familiarize themselves with our Trail Rules.
  • Group leaders wishing to reserve time at our delightful Nature PlayScape must review our Nature PlayScape Rules.
  • Please check out our helpful Tips for Leading Your Group at Cincinnati Nature Center so you can effectively facilitate your group while visiting.

 

Click below for more information about specific groups:

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Programs for Individual Scouts and Scout Troops

Cincinnati Nature Center helps Boy and Girl Scouts meet their nature and outdoor badge requirements. We offer naturalist-led programs where individual Scouts can register, or where entire groups can register together. 

All programs require preregistration and follow Cincinnati Nature Center's COVID Program Safety Protocol. Masks are required. Please see FAQs below for more details.

Limited spots are available. Only ticketed individuals will be able to attend the event. 

For more information contact Anne Horne at scouts@cincynature.org.

Children’s Groups

Children’s groups are welcome at our Rowe Woods location, both on our trails and within our Nature PlayScape. All children’s groups visiting Cincinnati Nature Center must preregister. Groups may consist of 12 to 60 people.  Admission fees are paid at the gate on the date of their visit.

Before your visit, please refer to our 

  1. Group Policies
  2. Trail Rules for Groups
  3. PlayScape Rules for Groups
  4. Tips for Leading Your Group

On these pages, you will find our policies and helpful tips on how to facilitate your group while visiting on our grounds. All summer groups will receive an orientation on the date of their visit and be provided materials to help facilitate their visit.

If You Are Visiting Our Trails:

All children’s groups visiting our trails must preregister. All adults responsible for a group must read the Nature Center's Group Policy and Trail Rules.

  • We ask that large groups divide into 12 or fewer people when hiking on the trails.
  • Please ensure that you have one or more adults per group of 11 children.

If You Are Visiting Our Nature PlayScape:

Cincinnati Nature Center allows groups of up to 60 people to visit the Nature PlayScape, provided that they have preregistered. All group leaders must read the Group Policy and PlayScape Rules. Groups that have scheduled a trail hike cannot visit the Nature PlayScape unless prearranged. No drop-in groups will be allowed. Please note that the PlayScape is designed for children from 2-12 years old. 

Payment

We accept credit card and checks to pay for your group visit. Fees must be paid upon arrival at our front gate. There is no extra charge for parking or to visit our Nature PlayScape.

Adult Groups

Cincinnati Nature Center welcomes your adult group to beautiful Rowe Woods location. There are several options available for those interested in bringing their adult group to Cincinnati Nature Center. We offer group rates, self-led opportunities, Nature-To-Go Presentations and Staff-Led Walk/Hikes and venue rentals.

Adult groups of 12 people or more must preregister and pay daily admission at the gate. We ask that large groups divide into 12 or fewer people when hiking on the trails.

Before your visit, please refer to our 

  1. Group Policies
  2. Trail Rules for Groups
  3. Tips for Leading Your Group

On these pages, you will find our policies and helpful tips on how to facilitate your group while visiting on our grounds. 

Visiting Long Branch Farm & Trails

Long Branch Farm & Trails is located at 6926 Gaynor Road; Goshen, Ohio 45122. Click here for Google Maps.

Open-Close: 7 am-9 pm


Member-Only Access

Access to Long Branch Farm & Trails is a benefit for Cincinnati Nature Center members only. An automated gate is located at the Gaynor Road entrance in order to establish and protect this property as a true member benefit. Members have exclusive access to the property by swiping their member card during operating hours.

Questions? Call Membership Manager Laura Schmid at (513) 831-1711 ext. 416 or email lschmid@cincynature.org.

Nonmembers

Long Branch Farm & Trails is open ONLY to members. If you would like information on Membership, please click here.

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. 

Rowe Woods Trail Map (PDF)

Rowe Woods Trail Descriptions (PDF)

 

Grounds Hours for Rowe Woods and Long Branch Farm & Trails

January 8 am-5:30 pm

February 8 am-6 pm

March 8 am-7:30 pm

April 8 am-8 pm

May 7 am-8:30 pm

June 7 am-9 pm

July 7 am-9 pm

August 7 am-8:30 pm

September 8 am-7:30 pm

October 8 am-7 pm

November 8 am-5 pm

December 8 am-5 pm

Our Coronavirus Update -- Current as of 04/29/2021

[04/29/21 2:30 pm] Per the new CDC guidelines, masks are no longer required on our trails. Please note: masks are still required in all of our buildings and in programs when social distancing cannot be maintained. 

[02/16/2021 10:15 am] Please note that masks are still required in all of our buildings and on our trails when passing others.

[11/09/2020 3:16 pm] Cash is being accepted at the gatehouse. Please note that masks are still required in all of our buildings and when passing others on our trails. 

[10/10/2020 9:50 am] Note for Nonmembers: Cash will not be accepted at the gatehouse. You can purchase advance admission online here or plan to use a credit card upon admission. 

[09/29/2020 3:55 pm] Registration changes October 1, 2020. Starting on October 1, we will no longer require visitors to register to visit Rowe Woods. After careful consideration of member and visitor feedback, reviewing visitation data from the past three years, and our current safety protocols, we are confident that we can continue to provide a healthy place for you to enjoy nature at Rowe Woods without having to register.

During this pandemic, we implemented strict safeguards to help protect our visitors, program participants, and staff from COVID-19. With these protocols in place, we successfully welcomed more than 1,200 children to our summer camps, over 100,000 people on our trails, and hundreds of families to our programs including firefly hikes, bird walks, and Dinner Under the Stars. We are proud of our commitment to safety and we’re determined to continue to ensure your safety while visiting.

We will continue to require masks to be worn when inside all of our buildings at all times. Masks also must be worn outside when you are unable to maintain six-foot distance from others. This includes our programs and when passing people along our trails. We will closely monitor visitation and if necessary, we may revert back to mandatory registration for visitation.

Your support throughout this crisis has been--and will continue to be--vital to our success. Thank you for being a part of our Nature Center family and community. 

[07/28/2020 9:41 am] Statewide Mask Order and Visiting the Nature Center: On July 23, Gov. DeWine issued a statewide mask mandate, requiring individuals to wear facial coverings in public at all times. What does this mean for Cincinnati Nature Center visitors? Visitors must wear a mask:

  • Inside all indoor facilities (Rowe Visitor Center, Krippendorf Lodge, Groesbeck Estate, restrooms).
  • Outdoors, when unable to maintain a six-foot distance from people who are not members of your household. We recognize that our trails are not more than six feet wide. To comply with regulations and to safeguard everyone’s experience, everyone must mask up when passing others on our trails.

[07/01/2020 7:15 am] As of July 1, 2020 the Nature PlayScape is once again open to visitors. Pre-registration is still required to visit Rowe Woods.

[05/31/2020 2 pm] On June 1, 2020, Cincinnati Nature Center's Rowe Woods will open to members and non-members. Registration for specific timed visitation slots is required for everyone and there are new protocols and rules in place.  All trails, boardwalks, the Rowe Visitor Center, and The Nature Shop will also be open. Masks will be required to be worn while inside all facilities. Read the full list of rules and register to visit here.

[04/09/2020 4:55 pm] Cincinnati Nature Center’s Rowe Woods and Long Branch Farm & Trails locations are now open in a limited capacity to MEMBERS ONLY. Members must preregister for their visitation day and time. New policies and strict procedures are in place to enforce social distancing. All restrooms, public buildings (including pavilions, picnic areas, cabins, and more) are closed. Read the full list of rules here. 

[04/07/20 8:40 am] Cincinnati Nature Center Rowe Woods and Long Branch Farm & Trails remain closed at this time. All programs are canceled through May 1. We continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as they occur.

[03/23/20 2 pm]  We make this announcement with heavy hearts. Starting this Tuesday, March 24, through Monday, April 6, in accordance with the intent of Governor DeWine’s Shelter-in-Place Order, we will be closed to help protect the health and safety of our members, visitors, staff, and community at-large. This closure affects both Cincinnati Nature Center's Rowe Woods and Long Branch Farm & Trails locations. 

Why are we closing when public parks are open? As a non-governmental nonprofit, we do not fall under the public parks exemption. Instead, we—and our staff—fall under the non-essential nonprofit ruling. We cannot come into work to maintain our trails, open our gates, or ensure the safety of our visitors and our land.

We also want to safeguard the health of everyone in our community—visitors, members, donors, staff, and beyond—as much as we can. Right now, that means social distancing and staying at home. It’s hard, but it’s the right choice for everyone around us.

We know how much having our trails open has meant to all of you during the unfolding of this COVID-19 crisis—it’s meant a lot to us, too. We appreciate your understanding and continued support of the Nature Center.

We encourage you to continue to get outdoors within your backyards and neighborhoods and to share your nature discoveries with us. We’ll post at-home nature activities to do and share with you what our now house-bound staff are doing to stay connected to nature during their own time at home on our social media channels. 

As the news unfolds, we will provide you with updates as quickly as possible. Please check here and our website for current information. Stay safe and embrace this time with family and friends.

This crisis will pass, and we'll be so grateful to welcome you back to our beautiful trails. 

[03/18/20 12:22 pm] The Nature PlayScape is CLOSED until further notice. Our trails at Rowe Woods & Long Branch Farm & Trails remain open.

We did not make this decision lightly. We know how much children need engaging outdoor opportunities during this uncertain time. The Nature PlayScape is designed to have many shared materials and elements that encourage children to play together. As such, we feel we must close this space based on current social distancing recommendations. In the coming weeks, please check out our Facebook page for ideas on how to encourage nature play at home.

[03/17/20] To ensure the safety of our members, visitors, and staff, Cincinnati Nature Center is taking the following preventative actions through Sunday, April 5: 

  • The Rowe Visitor Center will be closed.
  • Trails will remain open.
  • All programs and classes will be cancelled. Refunds will be offered.
  • Staff will be present at Rowe Woods.
  • Long Branch Farm & Trails will remain open to members.

We are taking extra safety precautions, including:

  • Membership cards will be scanned from a distance at the Gatehouse.
  • Public water fountains will not be operating.
  • Restrooms and public areas will be cleaned more frequently in compliance with Center for Disease Control standards.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented situation. In times like these, which are filled with anxiety and uncertainty, we hope that nature will provide you with peace, tranquility, and solace. 

Please refer to back here and/or our social media for further updates.

Rowe Woods

Current Grounds Hours: 7 am–9 pm

Current COVID-19 Policies

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. Please use caution while visiting.

Updated Rules per CDC Guidelines (Effective June 2, 2021)

As of June 2, masks are no longer required in our buildings or outdoors for fully vaccinated people. Unvaccinated people, including children in kindergarten and up, are required to wear masks when inside any of our buildings. Masks are not required outdoors while visiting our grounds. 

For the safety and courtesy of all

  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after your visit.
  • Dogs are allowed, but you must abide by all current pet rules.
  • Grounds may close if unsafe weather conditions arise.

The health and safety of our members, volunteers, and staff is our first priority. Mandates and recommendations from government officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may change our ability to follow this new limited opening plan. If we find that guests are not following appropriate physical distancing or other guidelines, we may be forced to completely close. Please check our website and social media sites for any changes or updates.

Road Closures and Detours to Rowe Woods

Round Bottom Bridge Closure

From February 8 through November 12, 2021, Round Bottom Road will be closed between US 50 and Tealtown Road, while they replace the bridge. Binning Road access to Round Bottom Road is also closed. 

PLEASE NOTE: Round Bottom Road is OPEN between Beechwood Road/Milford Parkway and Tealtown Road.

For more information an detours, please visit the Clermont County Engineers website

 

Construction Delays on Round Bottom Road

Please note that there is currently construction happening on Round Bottom Road between Beechwood Road/Milford Parkway and Tealtown Road. This may cause delays in getting to Rowe Woods, so please plan accordingly. 

Image of a map of the Round Bottom Bridge closure
Image of a white hand holding a mobile phone with an image of a trail map on it.

Introducing the Mobile Guide

The Mobile Guide is a smartphone platform that makes exploring our sites easy, fun, and green! Check out the interactive digital map, equipped with “blue dot” GPS technology to show you where you are on the trail, and discover interesting facts about our sites with pop-up icons. You can also find out trail information, have fun with seasonal scavenger hunts, participate in a photo challenge, enjoy a mindful moment, and more!

How can I access the Mobile Guide?

You can access the Mobile Guide by using this web link: https://bycell.mobi/CNCGuide. No downloads or passwords needed!

If you're at Rowe Woods or Long Branch, you can also access the site by scanning the QR code posted on the map kiosks and other mobile guide signage. 

Daily Admission

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. Please use caution while visiting.

Members are always free!

Nonmembers

Not a member? Come check us out for a day! You can purchase your tickets in advance by clicking here or pay when you come to the gate. 

$9      Adults
$6      Seniors 65+ years old/Active Military
$4      Children 4-12 years old
Free   Children 3 years old and younger
$2       Pets

You can use your daily admission fee toward the cost of a membership. Purchase a membership within 14 days of your visit and the TOTAL price may be applied (up to price of membership). You must remit your admission receipt for redemption and only one receipt may be applied. It cannot be redeemed online. Click here for membership information.

Please note that only general admission fees may be applied. Program and event fees do not apply.

View of Access gate

Long Branch Farm & Trails

Current Grounds Hours: 7 am–9 pm

When you visit, please know that trail maps are available at the kiosk in front of the Creekside Barn. 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. 


Admission 

MEMBERS ONLY

Access to Long Branch Farm & Trails is a benefit for Cincinnati Nature Center members only. An automated gate is located at the Gaynor Road entrance in order to establish and protect this property as a true member benefit. Members have exclusive access to the property by swiping their member card during operating hours.

Questions? Call Membership Manager Laura Schmid at (513) 831-1711 ext. 416 or email lschmid@cincynature.org.


Nonmembers

Long Branch Farm & Trails is open only to members. Click here for more information on membership.

Salamander Trail
Salamander Trail photo by Crystal Wilson

Trails

Long Branch Farm & Trails is located in Goshen, Ohio, just nine miles northeast of Milford. It is accessible to Cincinnati Nature Center members only.

Spanning 767 acres of forest and farmland, Long Branch Farm & Trails has five miles of hiking trails, winding through Eastern deciduous forest, fields, streams, and ponds.

Girl Scouts posing for a group picture

Current Programs

Registration is now open. To ensure that you receive the necessary number of tickets for your group, please make sure you register all scouts and adults for your program at once. Click on the date below for details and registration information. 

Grounds Hours for Rowe Woods

January: 8 am–5:30 pm

February: 8 am–6 pm

March: 8 am–7:30 pm

April: 8 am–8 pm

May: 7 am–8:30 pm

June: 7 am–9 pm

July: 7 am–9 pm

August: 7 am–8:30 pm

September: 8 am–7:30 pm

October: 8 am–7 pm

November: 8 am–5 pm

December: 8 am–5 pm

Grounds Hours for Long Branch Farm & Trails

January: 8 am–5:30 pm

February: 8 am–6 pm

March: 8 am–7:30 pm

April: 8 am–8 pm

May: 7 am–8:30 pm

June: 7 am–9 pm

July: 7 am–9 pm

August: 7 am–8:30 pm

September: 8 am–7:30 pm

October: 8 am–7 pm

November: 8 am–5 pm

December: 8 am–5 pm

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.

Long Branch Farm & Trails Trail Map (PDF)

Long Branch Farm & Trails Trail Descriptions (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions about The Nature PlayScape

What is a Nature PlayScape?
Cincinnati Nature Center’s Nature PlayScape is intentionally designed to provide children with opportunities for unstructured play in a resilient version of local natural habitats. Native plants, fallen logs, boulders, rocks, water and soil create forest and field habitats for children to explore. The Nature Center’s Nature PlayScape contains very few man-made structures (swings, slides, etc.) and strives to re-create the kind of childhood experience many parents and grandparents had in nature when they were young.

Where is the Nature Center’s Nature PlayScape located?
The Nature PlayScape is located on 1.6 acres of forest, field, stream and wetland habitat within Rowe Woods. It is a short walk from Visitor Center. There is also a parking lot close to the PlayScape.

Why does Cincinnati Nature Center need a Nature PlayScape?
Part of the Nature Center’s mission is to “inspire passion for nature.” A Nature PlayScape helps fulfill the mission by giving children the opportunity to explore and play freely in nature. Research indicates that children who play frequently in nature may develop a comfort and familiarity with the natural world that reaches into adulthood. Because children are not permitted off-trail elsewhere on the Nature Center’s property, and few families have a diverse natural setting in their own backyards, the Nature Center provides a place where children can explore nature without compromising the rest of our 1,020 acres of habitat. The Nature PlayScape concentrates the impact of play to one small area and protects the more pristine parts of the property.

Is the Nature PlayScape safe?
The area is entirely fenced so that children and parents are aware of its boundaries. Dogs and other pets are prohibited in the area. Just like everywhere else at the Nature Center, adults are responsible for their children.

Who can use the Nature PlayScape and when?
The Nature PlayScape is designed primarily for ages 11 and under with adult supervision. Both members and visitors paying daily admission fee to Rowe Woods will have access. The Nature PlayScape is open during normal operating hours.

What facilities are located at the Nature PlayScape?
Since this is intended to be a natural play area, there are few facilities. Restroom facilities with an outdoor rinse-off shower are located adjacent to the Nature PlayScape. Benches made from natural materials and a small storage shed for play equipment are located near the entrance. Families should plan to bring their own water and snacks as no services will be provided.

Can I leave my children at the Nature PlayScape while I go for a hike on my own?
The Nature PlayScape is a place where families interact with nature together. Parents are solely responsible for their children at all times. Children may not use the PlayScape without adult supervision.

Is the Nature PlayScape staffed?
The Nature PlayScape is designed for self-led family adventures. Children are invited to play under the supervision of their parents, grandparents or adult caregivers. Occasionally, staff or volunteers will be available to provide special programs or to encourage families to play in creative new ways.

Are dogs allowed in the Nature PlayScape?
Dogs are not allowed inside the Nature PlayScape boundary.

Pet Registration

Please register your pet with our office. We record all pets and owners on the property daily to enable us to react in an emergency. You may register your pet online by using this Member Pet Registration form or at the Rowe Woods Gatehouse.

Self-Led Hikes:

Please refer to our Trail Rules or Tips for Leading Your Group at Cincinnati Nature Center on our Scheduling Your Group webpage for helpful tips and rules on how to facilitate your group while visiting on our grounds.

Rules for Pets on Our Grounds

Prevent contact between your pet and other guests. Whenever a dog (or other pet) is walked in public, there’s a chance of encountering people who dislike, are afraid of, or act unpredictably. Likewise, pets are not predictable when encountering unexpected situations and new people.

  • Do not allow your pet to approach people without their invitation.
  • Instruct children to NEVER approach a pet without the owner’s permission.
  • Take a different trail to avoid a group of school children.
  • Keep your pet tight to you when passing others.
  • Put yourself between your pet and others.
  • Stand to the side to let others pass.

Never allow your dog to sniff another dog without the owner’s permission. A territorial or aggressive dog should be left at home in familiar territory. Sometimes even a well-behaved, friendly dog—when on-leash and walking with his owner—can switch from calm to fierce in an instant. This common behavior is known as “leash aggression.” Move aside or put yourself between your dog and other dogs.

Six-foot leash rules apply to the entire property at all times. We strongly discourage flexi-leashes because they offer less control and extend past our 6-foot length limit. The only time your pet may be off the leash is inside your vehicle.

Clean up after your pet and carry the bag to the nearest garbage can.  The Nature Center provides waste bags and waste receptacles.

Keep your pets on the path provided. Your pet is a guest at this property, but the wildlife lives here. Don’t allow your pet to chase animals or dig up plants. Swimming and wading is prohibited in all ponds, lake, and streams for pets (and people)!

Pets are NEVER permitted in the Nature PlayScape. Many children are afraid of dogs or other pets.

Pets are not allowed in the Nature Center buildings. If you go inside the Rowe Visitor Center, have another person familiar with your pet watch them or use one of our pet hooks found outside the building.

For the comfort of all guests, pets are not permitted at program events.

Keep your pet well-hydrated while hiking. Ensure your pet drinks plenty of fresh, clean water but not from our ponds or streams. Cincinnati Nature Center provides a drinking fountain outside the Rowe Visitor Center, which provides easy pet-drinking access.

Check your pet for ticks and burrs before you leave for home. Natural materials can easily get caught in your pet’s coat or paws.

Keep your pet’s vaccinations up-to-date. This is a state law—vaccinations provide protection.

If you see a pet off-leash, out of control, or in distress, call Visitor Services at (513) 831-1711. Because we record each pet and owner on the property daily, we should be able to locate the owner and follow up appropriately.

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

Rowe Visitor Center

The Rowe Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9 am-5 pm. It houses restrooms, our front desk, membership, The Nature Shop, the Whittaker Library, nature observation windows, and more. Free wi-fi access is available at the Visitor Center. 

Masks or face coverings must be worn while inside of the Visitor Center and in The Nature Shop.

Please note that the Visitor Center is closed Thanksgiving day, Christmas day, and New Year’s Day.

Front Desk Naturalists

Visit our Front Desk Naturalists to ask questions about your trail discoveries or get more information about upcoming programs and events.

 

Membership Desk

Visit our Membership Desk between 10 am-5 pm to learn more about membership, apply your daily admission toward membership, and more.

 

The Nature Shop

Open from 10 am–5 pm daily, The Nature Shop features a variety of items, including hand-glazed ceramics, bird feeders, mason bee houses, books, apparel, jewelry, toys, and more for purchase. Many of our items are locally made and support artists and small businesses in our community. All proceeds from The Nature Shop go to support our mission of Inspiring Conservation. You can also browse our shop online by clicking here.

The Nature Shop is closed Thanksgiving day, Christmas day, and New Year's Day.

 

William J. Whittaker Library

Come relax by the fireplace or drop in to work part of the day from one of our tall tables. Members can check out books, DVDs, and other resources on natural history, science, and nature-related literature. 

Click here for library material checkout procedures.

 

Wildlife Viewing Windows

Discover nature at one of our large wildlife viewing areas. Binoculars and guidebooks are available for reference. 

 

Educational Exhibits and Children's Play Area

Our educational exhibits change seasonally and focus on the natural history, wildlife, and plants of our region. Our Children's Play Area has interactive touch displays, props, and more to encourage discovery and exploration. 

 

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

Frequently Asked Questions

What will we do during our program?

  • Each scout program is tailored to meet the requirements of each badge offered. Every program takes place outdoors, rain or shine unless there is very severe weather. All programs are led by a skilled naturalist and include a nature hike. We will always try to meet the majority of the badge requirements—see each program description for more details on each program.

What does the program fee include?

  • The program cost is per participant and includes supplies. The fee also includes admission for the day to the Nature Center for the participant - you will not be charged any additional fees to enter the Nature Center on the day of the program.

Who needs to pay the program fee?

  • Every child and adult who is participating in the program needs to pay the program fee, including siblings (age 4 and up). There is not a discount for Cincinnati Nature Center members. Leaders may receive one free adult chaperone ticket for every six child tickets purchased.  Limit two per group. 

Do I have to attend the program with my scout or troop?

  • Cincinnati Nature Center scout programs are not drop-off programs. Scout programs are specifically designed for children to attend with their caregiver or scout leader. One parent or leader may chaperone up to 6 children. Parents who are dropping off children to attend with their troop leader may choose to wait in the Rowe Visitor Center or walk the ground during the program.

Does the Nature Center provide badges, pins etc.?

  • The Nature Center does not provide the badges for completing a program. Leaders are welcome to bring badges for their troop to hand out after the program.

What do I do when we arrive?

  • Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled program. Please inform the front gate attendant that you are here for a pre-paid scout program. You may park in any open spot in the parking lot. Unless otherwise noted on the program registration page and confirmation documents, programs meet inside the Rowe Visitor Center. If you will be late, please call the Nature Center and the front desk naturalist will help you meet up with your program already in progress.

Do I need to provide names of individuals participating in the program?

  • No. We do not require names for program participants at the time of registration. To register you need to know the number of scouts, siblings participating and adult chaperones attending the program.

Does the Cincinnati Nature Center offer naturalist-led, customized badge hikes?

  • The Nature Center offers a wide variety of pre-scheduled hikes and badge opportunities. Please scroll down this page to see what is coming up! Due to the high volume of scouts that visit us for programs every year, we do not offer customized hikes for scouts.

Do you require masks?

  • Yes. Please bring your own mask. Whether indoors or outdoors, masks are required for all adults and children in Kindergarten through 12th grade at all Cincinnati Nature Center programs.  Masks are to be worn outside when one cannot consistently be spaced 6 feet apart. Masks are also required to be worn while inside all facilities (for example, Rowe Visitor Center, restroom, etc.).

What safety measures are you taking?

  • Cincinnati Nature Center will run advertised programs and events in accordance with current guidelines outlined by the CDC and local health agencies. Safety precautions will include a small group experience accompanied by minimal contact check-in and social distancing. Masks are also required for anyone age 10 and up. The status or format of programs may change based on COVID-19 best practices and conditions at the time of the program. In the event that Cincinnati Nature Center cancels a program, full refunds will be issued.

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

Visiting Rowe Woods

Rowe Woods is located at 4949 Tealtown Road in Milford, Ohio 45150. 

Admission

Members

Members are always free!

Nonmembers

Not a member? Come check us out for a day! You can purchase your tickets in advance by clicking here or pay when you come to the gate. 

$9.00   Adults
$6.00   Seniors 65+/Active Military
$4.00   Children 4-12 years old
Free     Children 3 years old and younger
$2.00   Dogs

You can use your daily admission fee toward the cost of a membership. Purchase a membership within 14 days of your visit and the TOTAL price may be applied (up to price of membership). You must remit your admission receipt for redemption and only one receipt may be applied. It cannot be redeemed online. Click here for membership information. Please note that only general admission fees may be applied. Program and event fees do not apply.

Nature for All Discounts

Everyone should have the opportunity to experience nature! If you are enrolled in SNAP or WIC, you can purchase daily admission and membership with a significant discount. Proof of participation is required in person, with a valid SNAP or WIC card, along with a photo ID.

$4    Adults
$2    Children 4-12 years old
Free  Children 3 years old and younger

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!

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!

Cincinnati Nature Center is a private member organization committed to respecting our environment and one another. Following proper pet protocol ensures safety, cleanliness, and enjoyable hiking experience for all guests—humans and pets alike. If you find these rules too strict, please leave your pet at home.

Visiting Long Branch Farm & Trails

Long Branch Farm & Trails is located at 6926 Gaynor Road, in Goshen, Ohio 45122.

Members

Members are always free!

Nonmembers

Long Branch Farm & Trails is open ONLY to members. If you would like information on Membership, please click here.

Member-Only Access

Access to Long Branch Farm & Trails is a benefit for Cincinnati Nature Center members only. An automated gate is located at the Gaynor Road entrance in order to establish and protect this property as a true member benefit. Members have exclusive access to the property by swiping their member card during operating hours.

Questions? Call Membership Manager Laura Schmid at (513) 831-1711 ext. 416 or email lschmid@cincynature.org.

Nature for All Discounts

Everyone should have the opportunity to experience nature! If you are enrolled in SNAP or WIC, you can purchase daily admission and membership with a significant discount. Proof of participation is required in person, with a valid SNAP or WIC card, along with a photo ID.

Admission Prices

$4      Adults
$2      Children 4-12 years old
Free   Children 3 years old and younger

Frequently Asked Questions and Troubleshooting

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

  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 six 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

  1. Remain on boardwalks and stepping stones to protect aquatic habitat and prevent erosion to pond edges and stream banks.
  2. Wading and fishing are not allowed.
  3. Stream exploration on trail path only.
  4. Pond exploration is allowed only at Matt’s Pond with a Nature Center dipping net and pond pack available at the Rowe Visitor Center.
  5. 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

  1. Children 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
  2. Weapons, including concealed firearms, are prohibited on our premises.
  3. Smoking, including e-cigarettes and all other smoking devices, is prohibited. Welcome to a smoke-free environment!
  4. 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.

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

  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 six 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

  1. Remain on boardwalks and stepping stones to protect aquatic habitat and prevent erosion to pond edges and stream banks.
  2. Wading and fishing are not allowed.
  3. Stream exploration on trail path only.
  4. Pond exploration is allowed only at Matt’s Pond with a Nature Center dipping net and pond pack available at the Rowe Visitor Center.
  5. 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

  1. Children 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
  2. Weapons, including concealed firearms, are prohibited on our premises.
  3. Smoking, including e-cigarettes and all other smoking devices, is prohibited. Welcome to a smoke-free environment!
  4. 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.

Group Rates

Group rates to visit Rowe Woods are available. Groups of 12 or more paying guests must preregister to receive the group rate. Click here for more information about bringing a group to the Nature Center.

Grounds Hours for Rowe Woods


January: 8 am–5:30 pm

February: 8 am–6 pm

March: 8 am–7:30 pm

April: 8 am–8 pm

May: 7 am–8:30 pm

June: 7 am–9 pm

July: 7 am–9 pm

August: 7 am–8:30 pm

September: 8 am–7:30 pm

October: 8 am–7 pm

November: 8 am–5 pm

December: 8 am–5 pm

 

*Cincinnati Nature Center is closed on Christmas Day.

Powel Crosley Lake

Powel Crosley Lake

Crosley Lake, named for donor Powel Crosley, was excavated in 1967 following an Audubon recommendation to create more surface water on the property to attract wildlife.

The island in the lake is named Wallace Island in memory of Wallace Espy, nephew of Grace Groesbeck.

Grounds Hours

January: 8 am–5:30 pm

February: 8 am–6 pm

March: 8 am–7:30 pm

April: 8 am–8 pm

May: 7 am–8:30 pm

June: 7 am–9 pm

July: 7 am–9 pm

August: 7 am–8:30 pm

September: 8 am–7:30 pm

October: 8 am–7 pm

November: 8 am–5 pm

December: 8 am–5 pm

 

*Cincinnati Nature Center is closed on Christmas Day.

CLICK HERE to view the Events & Program Calendar.

Pet Rules

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.

  1. Register your pet at the Rowe Woods Gatehouse. You can also register them online here. 
  2. 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.
  3. Keep your pet on the path provided. Pets are prohibited from wading or swimming.
  4. Prevent contact between your pet and other guests.
  5. Clean up after your pet AND carry the bag to the nearest garbage can.
  6. 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.

Professional Photographers

Rowe Woods provides a beautiful backdrop for wedding parties, senior pictures, or family portraits. We do not require a permit or charge a fee for these kinds of photo shoots. However, you and your clients must pay daily admission.

To purchase one-day admission in advance for your clients, contact Anne Robinson at (513) 831-1711 ext. 151 or arobinson@cincynature.org. Or better yet—join our organization and receive the benefits of nature all year long! We provide member levels with guest privileges that may be extended to your clients. Click here for membership information.

How do I scan a QR code?

Most smartphones now make it easy to scan a QR code without a specialized app.

iPhones

  • Open camera app
  • Point camera at QR code
  • Align in the yellow box on your screen
  • Weblink pops up; click on this to go to guide

If you do not see a notification pop up, make sure that you have the Scan QR Codes feature enabled. You can do this by going to Settings > Camera. Tap the slider to ON.


Android Phones

  • Press and hold the home button
  • Tap Lens (circle surrounded by lines to the left of the four colored buttons at the bottom of your screen)
  • Point your camera at the QR code
  • Tap the magnifying glass icon to scan the QR code. You can find this at the bottom of your screen.
  • Tap the pop-up notification

A prompt will appear if it’s your first time to use this feature. If it does, choose “allow.” If you don’t have Google Assistant on your Android phone, you can download the Google Lens app from the Google Play Store.

Pet Rules

We welcome leashed and registered dogs 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.

  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.
  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 Schott 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.

A view of Oak Allee in the Fall

Oak Allée

Oaks planted in the early 1920s lined the drive from Tealtown Road to the Krippendorf home, built between 1898 and 1900, for newlyweds Carl and Mary Krippendorf.

The Oak Allée is still maintained today and can be seen on the left as you are entering Rowe Woods

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

  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 six 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

  1. Remain on boardwalks and stepping stones to protect aquatic habitat and prevent erosion to pond edges and stream banks.
  2. Wading and fishing are not allowed.
  3. Stream exploration on trail path only.
  4. Pond exploration is allowed only at Matt’s Pond with a Nature Center dipping net and pond pack available at the Rowe Visitor Center.
  5. 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

  1. Children 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
  2. Weapons, including concealed firearms, are prohibited on our premises.
  3. Smoking, including e-cigarettes and all other smoking devices, is prohibited. Welcome to a smoke-free environment!
  4. 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.

Directions to Long Branch Farm & Trails

*Members Only

6926 Gaynor Rd.
Goshen, OH 45122

 

CLICK HERE for more information regarding bringing your group to Cincinnati Nature’s Center. 

Registration June-August 2021

Groups registering in the summer (June through August) are limited to the select dates below. All groups wishing to visit in the summer are asked to preregister online. Our Registrar will follow up with you to confirm the details of your registration.

Summer visits are available Monday through Thursday from June 1 through August 12. Groups may visit during the time frame listed on their reservation and confirmation materials. Please click on the links below to register your children’s group for select dates June through August:

July

Monday, July 19, 10 am - 1 pm— SOLD OUT

Tuesday, July 20, 10 am - 1 pm

Wednesday, July 21, 10 am - 1 pm

Thursday, July 22, 10 am - 1 pm— SOLD OUT

Monday, July 26, 10 am - 1 pm— SOLD OUT

Tuesday, July 27, 10 am - 1 pm — SOLD OUT

Tuesday, July 27, 10:30 am–1:30 pm— SOLD OUT

Wednesday, July 28, 10 am - 1 pm — SOLD OUT

Thursday, July 29, 10 am - 1 pm— SOLD OUT

 

August

Monday, August 2, 10 am - 1 pm

Tuesday, August 3, 10 am - 1 pm— SOLD OUT

Wednesday, August 4, 10 am - 1 pm— SOLD OUT

Thursday, August 5, 10 am - 1 pm— SOLD OUT

Monday, August 9, 10 am - 1 pm

Tuesday, August 10, 10 am - 1 pm

Wednesday, August 11, 10 am - 1 pm

Thursday, August 12, 10 am - 1 pm

Group Rates

Group rates are available. Groups of 12 or more paying guests must pre-register to receive the group rate. Click here for more information about bringing a group to the Nature Center.

Why isn’t the blue dot on the map showing my location?

This issue likely has to do with the location services settings on your phone or browser.

When you open the map, a box might pop up asking you whether or not to “allow” location services for this site. Tap “allow.” 

If you don’t see this prompt, and the blue dot is not showing your location, you’ll need to make sure location services are turned on in your phone and/or internet browser. This looks a little bit different on different phones.


iPhones

On iPhones, there are three location settings to check.

  • Setting #1
    • Open Settings
    • Tap on Privacy
    • Tap on Location Services
    • Slide button to “on”
  • Setting #2
    • Open Settings
    • Tap on Safari (or other browser)
    • Tap on Location
    • Tap “Allow” or “Ask”

Selecting “Allow” will enable location services for all websites you visit. Selecting “Ask” will allow you to decide which websites you’ll allow location services for as you visit them.

  • Setting #3
    • Open Settings
    • Tap on Privacy
    • Tap on Location Services
    • Scroll down and tap on the browser listing (i.e. Safari)
    • Select “While Using the App”
    • Slide “Precise Location” button to “on”


Android Phones

On an Android phone, location settings can be found in a few different places and may vary from device to device. Some common steps to turn on location settings on Android phones are:

  • Open Settings
  • Tap on Privacy OR Biometrics and Security (on some phones “Privacy” is located under Biometrics and Security)
  • Tap on Location
  • Slide button to “on”

To change browser settings:

  • Tap Three Dots icon in Upper Right (…)
  • Tap on Settings
  • Tap on Site Settings
  • Tap on Location
  • Slide the location bar to “on”

If you use an Android phone and have ever selected “don’t allow” location services for the map, it’s possible that the site might be listed as a “blocked” site. To unblock a site, follow these steps:

  • Tap Three Dots icon in Upper Right (…)
  • Tap on Settings
  • Tap on Site Settings
  • Tap on Location
  • Check the “blocked” list for the Mobile Guide site
  • If it’s on the “blocked” list, click on the site
  • Select “Allow”

Pet Rules

We welcome leashed and registered dogs 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.

  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.
  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 Schott 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.

An exterior view of Krippendorf Lodge

Krippendorf Lodge

Krippendorf Lodge was built between 1898 and 1900 as the home of Carl and Mary Krippendorf. Today it is used for special events and private rentals. Daffodils were Carl Krippendorf's favorite flower, and he planted millions on the property during his lifetime. 

Girl Scouts - Premier Program Partner badge

Professional Photographers

Rowe Woods provides a beautiful backdrop for wedding parties, senior pictures, or family portraits. We do not require a permit or charge a fee for these kinds of photo shoots. However, you and your clients must pay daily admission.

To purchase one-day admission in advance for your clients, contact Anne Robinson at (513) 831-1711 ext. 151 or arobinson@cincynature.org.

Or better yet—join our organization and receive the benefits of nature all year long! We provide member levels with guest privileges that may be extended to your clients. Click here for membership information.

Why isn’t the blue dot perfectly accurate on the map?

Different phones and carriers will have some variations when it comes to the blue dot GPS. Your blue dot may drift a little bit or might take several seconds to catch up to you. The margin of error is generally around 20ft.

If your blue dot is getting stuck in place or drifting too far, try re-centering the map by tapping the “my location” button on the map screen. You can also try refreshing the browser page. Signals can get lost in some places on our sites – you can follow the steps just outlined to correct once the signal comes back.

Exterior view of Groesbeck Lodge and Garden

Groesbeck Lodge

This stone lodge was built around 1918 by Grace and Glendening Groesbeck, friends of the Krippendorfs. The graduated sizes of the slate pieces on the roof make the building both beautiful and unique. The Groesbecks asked Gertrude Jekyll, famous British landscape designer, to prepare a garden plan for the site. Although the specific plan was not implemented, design had elements of the original plan. Remaining features include pillars of the Rose Garden and a greenhouse and garden shed.

Additional Questions?

If you have additional questions, please contact our Registrar at registrar@cincynature.org or (513) 831-1711, ext. 129.

Directions to Rowe Woods

4949 Tealtown Road
Milford, OH 45150

 

How can I save this page to my phone so I can access it again later?

There are a couple of different ways to save the Mobile Guide so you can access it again easily. You can bookmark it as a favorite page in your web browser, or you can save the icon to your home page.

How to save on an iPhone

  • Bookmark
    • Hold down the Bookmark icon (shaped like a book) at the bottom of your browser page
    • Tap “Add Bookmark”
  • Add to Home Page
    • Tap the Share icon (shaped like a box with an arrow) at the bottom of your browser page
    • Tap “Add to Homepage”


How to save on an Android phone

  • Bookmark
    • Tap Three Dots icon in Upper Right (…)
    • Tap the star icon
  • Add to Home Page
    • Tap Three Dots icon in Upper Right (…)
    • Tap “Add to Home Screen”

Will using the Mobile Guide drain my phone battery?

There is a possibility that running the Mobile Guide on your smartphone may use more battery than usual. The battery usage is about equivalent to running Google maps in your browser. The possibility of battery drain is heightened when the weather is extremely cold.

Exterior view of Abner Hollow Pioneer Cabin

Abner Hollow Pioneer Cabin

Abner Hollow Pioneer Cabin was originally built by pioneer settlers in Adams County, OH in the early 1800s. The owners of the property where the cabin stood are long-time members and benefactors of CNC. They donated the cabin as a centerpiece for education about pioneer life. The cabin was dismantled for transport and reassembled on this site in 1997. 

Can the Mobile Guide track my hikes or my mileage?

No, the Mobile Guide does not have this capability as having this feature would require a password or a downloaded app. We want to keep things easy for you!

A view of the Herb Wall

Herb Wall

The Herb Wall was said to have contained the greatest variety of plants in the Midwest during the Krippendorf period. Three-tiered beds below the wall were built to display tulips, roses, and others. Cold frames below the Herb Wall were built in 1938—canvas covers ran on metal tracks to protect these plants from cold temperatures.

An outdoor trail through the Celebration Garden

Celebration Garden

During Carl Krippendorf’s time, the area where the current Celebration Garden lies consisted of arbors, small stone terraces with benches, and walkways lined with masses of flowering plants. Today, the Celebration Garden celebrates this horticultural tradition and creates a peaceful place for memorials. For more information, visit our Celebration Garden page.