Summer Strolling in Cincy

Looking for a reason to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather?  Go for a walk.  .  Whether you’re a nature lover or window shopper; lollygagger or power walker, Cincinnati has plenty of places to take a stroll.  Our top five include the following:  1.  Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum Don’t let the “cemetery” chase you away.  This rural garden cemetery has 450 acres of developed grounds and 300 acres of woodland right in the heart of Cincinnati.  With an extensive collection of flowering trees, shrubs and perennials, you’re sure to enjoy the beautiful sights.  Plus it’s quiet.  Public tours are available.  2.  Smale Riverfront Park If you haven’t been down to the riverfront lately then you’re missing the newest extension to Sawyer Point.  Phase One of Smale Riverfront Park, part of Cincinnati Parks, opened this past spring.  Smale features a labyrinth, a walking mediation space, with a single winding path that spirals inward.  The Ohio River Trail passes through the park and there’s a tree grove, bike center, open lawn plus the Moerlein Lager House, a microbrewery and restaurant that offers sweeping views of the riverfront area.  For the latest developments at Smale, go to mysmaleriverfrontpark.org. 3.  Mount Airy Forest Located on the west side of Cincinnati, Mt.Airyoffers miles of hiking trails.  Pick up a map and follow one of the 12 trails, ranging from 3 miles to a half a mile.  Or for more of a scenic stroll, wander through the specialty gardens at the Mt. Airy Arboretum and along the picturesque lake.  There’s plenty of shelter space so be sure to pack a picnic. 4.  Belleview, Kentucky If your idea of stroll includes window shopping and grabbing a bite, then head across the river to Belleview, Kentucky. Historic Fairfield Avenueis lined with century-old buildings, home to unique shops and an eclectic assortment of dining.  If you want to break a sweat, head towards the river and walk along the paths at Bellevue Beach Park.  There’s always something happening in Belleview from the Zombie Crawl in October to the Christmas Walk in November.  Check out shopbellevueky.com. 5.  Mount Storm Park Time your walk just right and you’ll be able to catch one of the best sunsets in the area at Mount Storm Park.  Nestled on top of a hill in Clifton, the park offers breathtaking views of Cincinnati.  You’ll want to do more gazing then walking.  Of course if you’re ever in the Springdale area, we invite to stop by the Maple Knoll Village campus.  Situated on 53 acres, we offer walking paths, beautiful landscape and several gardens including our Life Enriching garden and the Tranquility garden.
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