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Miami Whitewater Forest

Near: CincinnatiOH (Weather)
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14 Difficulty: Easy Trail
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Trail Description There are a couple of riding options available at this county park. The Wooded Horse Trails are a bit more scenic and shaded, but the park does close them down after rain to prevent wear and tear. They are also short, barely a day-ride. The Shaker Trace trail runs parallel to the outer loop of the paved hike-bike trail. It is very flat, and very much out in the open with almost no shade. A couple of creek crossings, and riders are expected to use the paved trail bridges - signs are posted to remind all trail users that horses have right-of-way on the bridge. On a busy weekend, expect to see a lot of trail users on the paved trail, including cyclists, rollerbladers, people with dogs, etc. Not the most extensive or exciting trail system, but it would be a good place to work with a young or green horse, or if you have a gaited horse.
Best Time to Visit Shaker Trace loop would be best in off-season, early morning or late afternoon. Would be a good place to ride early in the year also, when other area trails are too wet. Wooded Trails suitable for warmer weather riding as there is more shade.
Times to Avoid Shaker Trace trail is almost entirely out in open field, so you might want to avoid it in the summertime unless you ride it very early in the day. If there has been a lot of rain, call (513) 728-3551 x332 to be sure Wooded Trails are open.
Campground The access to the Wooded Trails uses a different parking lot from the Shaker Trace horseman's parking. It involves a narrow paved road that goes back to a small parking area. Call (513) 728-3551 x332 to be sure the Wooded Trails are open, as the park does close access in wet weather. Shaker Trace parking is an open gravel lot with a grassy area, a couple of tie rails, and a portable toilet. There is a park use fee, call for more info.
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Day Toilet Day Tie-Ups Hamilton County Park District

9001 Mt. Hope Road
Harrison, OH 45030
Hamilton County Park District
Directions From I-74, go North on Dry Fork Road. To access the Wooded Horse Trails, turn RIGHT on West Road and use the park entrance there. To access the parking for the Shaker Trace Trail, stay on Dry Fork Road until you come to the intersection with Mt. Hope/New Haven roads and make a right onto Mt. Hope. The horseman's parking will be on your left just after you cross the bridge.
This information was provided by Audrey Malloy on 6/17/2013 7:49:16 AM

Notes on Difficulty Rating:  
(Gently sloping or level terrain; trails are groomed or wide open; shallow or no creek crossings. ) 
 More Difficult (Moderate hills over consistent surface; possibly some narrow trails and short steeper slopes) 
 Rigorous (Easy to More Difficult for rider but physically challenging for horse such as on a level surface through deep sand) 
 Challenging (Possible rocky, uneven surface, steep slopes, uncleared trails, faster flowing streams and other obstacles that lead to more difficult riding for rider and horse)

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