Maple Syrup & Sugaring Events in Cincinnati (2020 Edition)

They say good things take time, and that definitely rings true with maple syrup! To make one gallon of maple syrup you have to harvest up to 40 gallons of sap. Pair that with the fact that most maple trees only produce 5-10 gallons of sap, that’s a lot of hard work (including for the trees!). But the end result – nothing short of delicious.

Maple Syrup over Pancakes

Curious about what it takes to make maple syrup? There are maple sugar events all over the Cincinnati area where you can participate in tree tapping and production as well as my favorite part: tasting the final product.

Maple Sugar in Cincinnati

Here’s our list for maple syrup & sugaring events in and around Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.


Quick schedule of events:

  • February 9: Maple at Glenwood
  • February 14: Maple in the Moonlight
  • February 17: Homeschool Maple Sugaring, Kids’ Maple Day at the Park
  • February 22: Maple on Tap, Maple Sugar Days
  • February 23: Maple Sugar Days, Maple Syrup Making and Guided Sap Collecting Hikes in the Sugarbush, Maple Tapping & Tasting
  • February 26-29: Sugar Camp with Kenton County Parks & Recreation
  • February 27-28: Wee Wonder About Maple Sugar
  • February 29: Maple Syrup Making and Guided Sap Collecting Hikes in the Sugarbush
  • March 7: Maple in Mt. Airy

(Last Updated February 2020)

Now onto the sweet stuff!


Maple at Glenwood
February 9 (Sunday), 2–4 pm
Glenwood Gardens*/Garden Loop Trail
10397 Springfield Pike, Woodlawn, Ohio 45215

Join a nature interpreter along the Garden Loop Trail to learn the value maple trees had for early colonists, from financial freedom to sweetening tea. Knowledge learned from Native Americans and hard work has propelled this tree to become a sweet natural resource. See sap being boiled and taste some real maple syrup! (Free)
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Maple in the Moonlight
February 14 (Friday), 7–9 pm
Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve*/Ellenwood Nature Barn
3455 Poole Road, Colerain Twp., Ohio 45251

Adults, kick off the maple season with the chance to play in the park after dark. Hike the trail and then warm yourself by the fire to experience the journey of bringing maple syrup to your table. Make a maple syrup-inspired project to take home while enjoying maple tastings and local music. ($10/person, register by 2/10)


Homeschool Maple Sugaring
February 17 (Monday), 10 am–12 pm / 1:30–3:30 pm
Cincinnati Nature Center
4949 Tealtown Rd., Milford, OH 45150

Kids age 5+ will learn all things maple sugar in this program created specifically for school-aged children. The group will take a guided hike and learn all about the sugaring process and its Native American origins. Hands-on experiences keep kids fully engaged, with opportunities to tap trees with a hand drill and participate in the sugaring process (then sample some of the final product!). Kids ages 10+ can opt to join a group with older students. ($7/child for members, $11/child for nonmembers; preregistration required)
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Kids’ Maple Day at the Park
February 17 (Monday), 11 am
Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve*/Ellenwood Nature Barn
3455 Poole Road, Colerain Twp., Ohio 45251

Celebrate this day with a class for kids about the sweet tradition of maple sugaring. See a movie, take a hike, taste some yummy maple syrup and more! ($7.50/person, payable at the door)
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Maple On Tap
February 22 (Saturday), 2–7 pm
Cincinnati Nature Center
4949 Tealtown Rd., Milford, OH 45150

Local syrup meets local beer! Stop by this family-friendly event to learn all about maple syrup, play maple trivia, and try out HighGrain Brewing Company’s maple beer – featuring Cincinnati Nature Center’s own maple syrup.
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Maple Syrup Tapping

Maple Sugar Days
February 22 & 23 (Sat. and Sunday), 12-4pm
Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve*/Ellenwood Nature Barn
3455 Poole Road, Colerain Twp., Ohio 45251

It’s maple sugaring time! This event for the whole family celebrates the awakening of the trees as they prepare for spring with the traditional craft of making maple syrup. Enjoy this delicious weekend of tastes, crafts, demonstrations and hikes. (Free, some activities have a small fee)
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Maple Syrup Making and Guided Sap Collecting Hikes in the Sugarbush
February 23 (Sunday), 12-4 pm
Cincinnati Nature Center
4949 Tealtown Rd., Milford, OH 45150

Stop by the Outdoor Learning Center to learn all about the production of maple syrup, from a sap-collecting hike to seeing how it’s made. (Free for members, nonmembers pay daily admission)
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Maple Tapping & Tasting
February 23 (Sunday), 1–3 pm
Bowyer Farm in Lebanon
2210 Mason Montgomery Rd, Lebanon, OH 45036

The whole family will enjoy hands-on maple activities, including participating in the maple-tapping process and trying the finished product. ($25/person for members, $30/person for nonmembers)
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Sugar Camp with Kenton County Parks & Recreation
Multiple dates/times, February 26–29 (Weds.-Sat.)
Middleton-Mills Park
3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015

What was it like to live in a mid-1800’s sugar camp? Kids will love stepping back in time to learn how to make maple syrup the old-fashioned way, in both Native American and American frontier camps. (Free)


Wee Wonder About Maple Sugar
February 27 (Thursday), 11 am
Sharon Woods*/Sharon Centre
11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, Ohio 45241

Come learn about maple sugar! Children will enjoy an activity, craft and story. For ages 3–5. ($7.50/child, payable at the door)
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Wee Wonder About Maple Sugar
February 28 (Friday), 11 am
Woodland Mound*/Seasongood Nature Center
8250 Old Kellogg Road, Anderson Twp., Ohio 45255

Come learn about maple sugar! Children will enjoy an activity, craft and story. For ages 3–5. ($7.50/child, payable at the door)
Website


Maple Syrup Making and Guided Sap Collecting Hikes in the Sugarbush
February 29 (Saturday), 10 am -3 pm
Cincinnati Nature Center
4949 Tealtown Rd., Milford, OH 45150

Stop by the Outdoor Learning Center to learn all about the production of maple syrup, from a sap-collecting hike to seeing how it’s made. (Free for members, nonmembers pay daily admission)
Website


Maple in Mt. Airy
March 7 (Saturday), 9 am
Mt. Airy Forest/Oak Ridge Lodge
5083 Colerain Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45223

Start the day off with a pancake breakfast, then head outside to learn all about the maple syrup process with sugar makers from the past! This event is for all ages – perfect for groups, scouts, and families. $8/person, free for $2 and under; preregistration required)
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Thomas Ireland Smith Farm Open House & Tours
Cancelled for 2020
Thomas Ireland Smith Farm
6197 Morrow Rossburg Road, Morrow, Ohio 45152

Unfortunately, this year’s Open House had to be cancelled due to the unseasonably warm winter, which affected this year’s tapping. If you don’t want to wait until next year’s Open House to try of their maple syrup, visit their website to order or visit their local distributors to pick some up for yourself!


*A valid Motor Vehicle Permit is required to enter the parks. Cost for residents of Hamilton County: $10 annual/$5 daily; other visitors: $16 annual/$8 daily.