Cincinnati, OH

This Abandoned Railroad Trail is One of The Most Unique Hikes in Ohio

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From ghost towns to historic sites hidden deep in the woods, the state of Ohio offers a remarkable number of fascinating abandoned places just waiting to be discovered.

If you're interested in exploring one of these places, a unique trail in Cincinnati called The Valley Trail at Ault Park allows you to walk along an abandoned railroad bridge from the late 1800s. A hike through the woods here makes for an incredibly fascinating walk. Keep reading to learn more.

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Located at 5090 Observatory Circle in the Mount Lookout neighborhood of Cincinnati lies Ault Park, a beautiful hilltop park that overlooks the Little Miami River valley. The 223 acres here offer spacious green fields, an impressive flower garden, and an Italian-renaissance-inspired pavilion that was built in the 1930s.

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Ault Park also offers several short hiking trails, each under a mile in length. One of the most interesting is the Valley Trail.

This trail follows the old path of a historic roadway between Observatory Avenue and Old Red Bank Road. The trail is surrounded by mature forest vegetation along the north side while younger trees and shrubs cover the path along the trail's south side. The abandoned railroad bridge you will find spanning the trail used to carry trains running between Cincinnati and Portsmouth. The route was established back in 1878.

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You'll climb over a wooden footbridge to enter the forest. In total, the path is .65 miles long. This trail also connects to several other beautiful trails that will take you past creeks, woodlands, historic stone walls, wildflowers, and wooden teepees. You could easily spend hours meandering through the woods exploring the outdoors here.

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Ault Park is open year-round and is a beautiful place to visit any time of the year. Dogs are permitted on trails as long as they are on a leash. You'll also notice many of the trails here are relatively easy and kid-friendly. Bikes are strictly prohibited as they can potentially damage the trails.

For more information on the park and the many trails you can experience, be sure to check out Ault's official website here.

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