Rentschler Forest Preserve – MetroParks of Butler County

We recently spent the afternoon hiking around the grounds at Rentschler Forest Preserve and I thought you all might like to see what we found at this park to our north.

Rentschler Forest Preserve - MetroParks of Butler County

Rentschler Forest Preserve is part of the MetroParks of Butler County and is located in Fairfield Township. The park has over 400 acres and includes playgrounds, trails, and about 1/2 mile of footage along the Great Miami River.

Rentschler Forest Preserve - MetroParks of Butler County
Rentschler Forest Preserve - MetroParks of Butler County

After pulling in, we drove through the grounds to get the lay of the land. The park has multiple play structures and numerous picnic shelters.

Rentschler Forest Preserve - MetroParks of Butler County
Rentschler Forest Preserve - MetroParks of Butler County

I’d heard about the great stream at this park so I wanted to be sure to find it. It took us some time to determine which trail to follow to get to the stream but we eventually figured it out (Cascade Trail).

Cascade Trail at Rentschler Forest Preserve - MetroParks of Butler County

The trail itself is just about a mile long. The park district rates this trail a #3, difficult. It has steps and some steep inclines. But if you enjoy the beauty of a woodland stream, this is a nice hike.

Let me throw this word of warning out there for you – I would not want to take little kids on this trail. It’s a great hike but there are parts that simply would not be good for little ones. We had to climb over a big fallen tree, we found no real entry point for the stream, and the rocks IN the water are not at all stable. I would not recommend this for anyone who’s the least bit wobbly on his/her feet.

Rentschler Forest Preserve - MetroParks of Butler County
Rentschler Forest Preserve - MetroParks of Butler County

And don’t miss the swinging bridge on the trail.

Rentschler Forest Preserve - MetroParks of Butler County

We enjoyed our time at Rentschler Forest Preserve and hope this inspires YOU to go visit too!

Rentschler Forest Preserve is located at 5701 Reigert Road, 45011

You will need a Motor Vehicle Permit to enter the park. The permit is free for Butler County Residents. Non-Residents pay $5/daily or $10/annually (prices current for 2020).

4 thoughts on “Rentschler Forest Preserve – MetroParks of Butler County”

  1. We love kayaking there….the entry point for the kayaks is very close to the parking, making it easy to “put in”. My husband fishes from the bank and the kayak. A really nice park.

  2. Thanks Bridgett for all your hard work putting together so much local info! We’ve been in Cincinnati for just five years and your blog has been our “go to” for planning many a weekend as we get to know the area; keep up the great work!

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