Day 18 – Glenwood Gardens

Day 18 of “365 Things to do in Cincinnati” features Glenwood Gardens, one of  Hamilton County Park District’s best kept secrets.

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The park itself is relatively new (perhaps 10 years old = new in terms of local park age anyway!).  The park occupies what used to be the Burchenal family 300+ acre cattle and produce farm.

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They have 2.6 miles of walking path.  The first loop is all paved and circles the pasture land.  The longer loops are gravel covered and meander over creeks, through forest and past a few wetlands.

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As you proceed down the walking path you will see the Legacy Garden area off to the left.  There’s a gorgeous gazebo where you can stop and look over the grounds.  As the plants come in, this is a beautiful place to take family pictures.  Be sure to notice the inside of the gazebo which is painted with foliage – amazing!

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As you can tell from my pictures, the scenery is breathtaking.  You’ll cross lots of old pasture lands and will eventually cross into more wooded areas too.

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We’ve had the pleasure to see all kinds of wildlife on our walks here.  If you’re into bird watching this is a park you want to be sure to visit (and be sure to take the long path up to the wetlands).

The first path is paved and circles the pasture.  About half way through that loop you’ll have the option to take off the right onto a gravel path.  If the gravel doesn’t bother you, be sure to take this loop.  It leads up to some of the most undisturbed marshland, forest and pasture land.

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glenwood gardens hamilton county parks

For your comfort, you’ll find many park benches throughout the path.  They have a restroom at the entrance and there’s a “port a potty” on the long loop.  They have a water fountain at the entrance, complete with a doggie bowl fountain too.

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And in Hamilton County Park District’s style, the walks are well kept and the park architecture is first class.  Here is a bridge that crosses one of the creeks.

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For more information, visit the Glenwood Gardens page of the Hamilton County Parks website
Skates, bikes and scooters are not permitted
You will need to purchase a park pass to get in (currently $6 per car) but that is for the entire calendar year

Have you ever been to Glenwood Gardens?  I love the scenery at the end of the long path. What’s your favorite part?

Comments

  1. Tom says

    Hey! Great Site. Check it everyday. I would also like to see more things to do “in-doors”. While I love being outdoors, we do not live in San Diego. I came onto you site last weekend for something to do in the crappy weather… and had a hard time finding anything. Great Work, though Keep it up!

  2. says

    I love Glenwood Gardens, too. Had never been there, just driven by many times, and was so impressed when I went. The plant sale you talked about was really of value if you like some unusual perennials.

    You need to go back…the Highfield Discovery Center is absolutely a great place if you have children…impressive programs. I wrote a blog that people might find interesting, but you really have to take time to visit. http://www.cincinnatiteam.com/Blog/Glenwood-Gardens-Highfield-Discovery-Center

  3. Rosemary Conrad says

    Highfield Discovery Center is a wonderful place for children of all ages. It truly is a “discovery” center with many large and small places and things to discover. It also has exciting programing. It is a delightful experience for grandparents and children. I highly recommend a visit.

  4. steve says

    glenwood gardins was a very nice place to walk. took a friend there one afternoon after reading about it on this site. very well groom areas. saw some wildlife and had a great time all and all. felt miles away from the busy life yards away. planning a return trip soon

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