5 free outdoor day trips near Cincinnati

We’re all stuck at home and trying to make the best of a tough situation. Spring break has been extended, yet for most of us, spring break plans have been cancelled or postponed. We’re all suffering from a bad case of wanderlust — but guess what? We have options. Outside, spring is springing — and there are lots of close-to-home places where we can go for some fresh air and a change of scenery. 

Check out our roundup of 5 free outdoor day trips near Cincinnati:

Big Bone Lick State Park

Located just 35 minutes south of downtown in Union, KY, Big Bone Lick State Park is a hidden gem that definitely deserves a visit or two! Big Bone Lick State Park is a 813-acre state park that your kids will actually want to visit. Highlights include hiking, an interactive museum and real bison.

Clifton Gorge (pictured)

Part of the Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, Clifton Gorge is a 268-acre preserve that protects one of the most spectacular dolomite and limestone gorges in the state. In some areas, cliff overhangs have broken off, forming massive slump blocks scattered along the valley floor. Right now, all hikes and programs have been cancelled up to April 15 due to COVID19; however, all trails remain open at all state nature preserves.

Hocking Hills

Just over two hours away is another world that’s a must for nature enthusiasts. Hocking Hills State Parks boast 2,356 acres of natural beauty: towering cliffs, waterfalls and deep hemlock-shaded gorges. All Hocking Hills State Parks are currently open. 

Hueston Woods

Located in Butler County, Hueston Woods is another favorite for hiking. During the spring, the forest floor is blanketed with a luxuriant display of wildflowers including dutchman’s breeches, squirrel corn, large-flowered and sessile trilliums, may-apple, bloodroot and several species of violets and buttercups.

Pyramid Hill

Outdoor Places in Cincinnati to Visit During the Extended Spring Break

Pyramid Hill is a true hidden gem – it’s tucked away in Butler County off a rolling country road. But to be fair, nothing about Pyramid Hill is “hidden;” this outdoor sculpture museum is big and bold. A bright red sculpture stands at the entryway; and from there, the hills and valleys of Pyramid Hill’s 300 acres are covered with larger-than-life sculptures that demand to be seen (and admired). This 60-acre outdoor sculpture park is totally awesome and especially beautiful in the spring. Right now, the outdoor sculpture park is OPEN; all tours and public events have been canceled through April 3.

Photo credit: Facebook/Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves

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