An urban village wouldn’t be complete without parks and greenspace. Northside has many attractive parks and woods, complete with hiking trails:

PARKER WOODS AND BUTTERCUP VALLEY NATURE PRESERVE form a contiguous green space of approximately 89 acres connected by natural hiking trails. Entrances are at the intersection of Haight and Bruce Avenues with additional trail heads on Stanford Avenue, Crawford Avenue. near Dane, and at the east end of Thompson Heights Drive.

JACOB HOFFNER PARK, located at Blue Rock and Hamilton Avenue, two-acres of green space including a pavilion, playground, and trees, perfect for picnics and community festivals.

JERGENS PARK, located at Bruce and Hamilton Avenue, is less than one acre in size, fenced in, and includes a shelter, walking trail, swings and a small playground.

SPRING GROVE CEMETERY + ARBORETUM, located at 4521 Spring Grove Avenue, is the second largest cemetery in the US, and is recognized as a National Historic Landmark. It encompasses 733 acres which is often enjoyed as a peaceful running, biking, and picnic spot among the vast collection of lakes, trees, flora and fauna.

MT. AIRY FOREST, the largest of Cincinnati’s parks and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, is 1,459 acres that include miles of hiking and bridle trails. Mt. Airy has Ohio’s only wheelchair accessible public treehouse, an enclosed dog park, and 18-hole disc golf. The main entrance is located at 5083 Colerain Avenue.