Outdoors

Wallethub named us a Top 10 best city in the nation for recreation based on our wide-range of leisure activities and offerings. Here’s a quick snapshot of what caught their attention.

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With five (5!) rivers that flow year-round with nearly 6,000 stream miles, we’re overflowing with water activities. One-of-a-kind local events include The Ohio River Paddlefest – when each August thousands of kayaks and canoes hit the waterways during one of America’s largest paddling events.

For land lovers, the Cincinnati region offers an impressive 23,000 miles of long distance trails, 250 miles of hiking trails, 80 miles of on-road bike lanes and 60 miles of mountain-biking trails. We’re also home to the Little Miami Scenic Trail – the third longest paved trail in the country.

Our park system is ranked Top 10 by the Trust for Public Land which ranks the “park score” of the 100 largest cities – and we have the most top 10 rankings. Local favorites include Smale Riverfront Park, Washington Park, Eden Park, Devou Park and Mt. Airy Forest - all with incredible views of the riverfront.

Our verdant topography with scenic hilltops also includes abundant greenspace – over 101,000 acres of protected greenspace, to be exact.