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Great Parks of Hamilton County
Type Public county park district
Location Hamilton County, Ohio, United States
Created 1930
Operated by Hamilton County Park Board
Open All year
Map of Hamilton County Ohio With Municipal and Township Labels
Map of Hamilton County, Ohio with Municipal and Township Labels

Great Parks of Hamilton County is the park district of Hamilton County, Ohio, United States. It was established in 1930 and was known as the Hamilton County Park District until 2014. The park system includes 17 parks and 4 conservation areas. It is governed by a board of park commissioners. Park headquarters are located in the second largest park in the system, Winton Woods. The county park system also coordinates with the Cincinnati Park Board.

Amenities and activities

The parks are open 365 days a year, from dawn to dusk. Boathouses, golf courses, visitor centers and gift shop hours vary by season. All vehicles entering the parks must have a valid Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual for county residents; $16 annual for non-county residents; $5 daily county residents; $8 daily non-county residents). The Great Parks offer reserved banquet centers, lodging, shelters, weddings, and campsites. Campgrounds are only at Miami Whitewater Forest and Winton Woods. The three largest parks are Miami Whitewater Forest, Winton Woods, and Sharon Woods. Things to do at a typical county park are hiking trails (nature, paved, and parcourse), picnicking, fishing, paddle boating, biking, riding horses, playing on playgrounds, golfing (at Shawnee Lookout, Miami Whitewater Forest, Winton Woods, Sharon Woods, Woodland Mound, and Little Miami Golf Center), playing sports, and visiting their nature centers. Some parks also have dog parks as well.

List of parks and conservation areas

Conservation Areas
  • Kroger Hills
  • Newberry Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Oak Glen Nature Preserve
  • Richardson Forest Preserve

Asterisk (*) symbolizes parks that are worked through the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Miami Whitewater Forest 1
Miami Whitewater Forest


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