Hiking at Boone County Cliffs State Nature Preserve

by Justin on September 23, 2012

Boone County Cliffs SNP Entrance

Boone County Cliffs SNP Entrance


One Saturday back in August my son and I didn’t have much to do so I figured we could go hiking at Boone County Cliffs State Nature Preserve. Boone County Cliffs is about a 25 minute drive from where we live. The last 10 minutes or so are back a windy narrow road. The entrance is not real well marked so you have to be on the lookout for it on the left. There might be room for 3 compact cars. The website says 5 cars. Maybe those mini cars.

The trails are just what the name says. Alongside a cliff. Along the way there is a stream to check out. About 1/3 of the way up the hill is a Eagle Scout project: a much needed bench! We sat and rested some at the bench then decided we weren’t getting anywhere just sitting so off we went. The trail is a little curvy. Kind of steep in spots. There are places where volunteers have put in railroad tie side steps. The steps are showing some wear and the rebar that is holding them into place sticks up so be careful.

Bench done as an Eagle Scout project

Bench done as an Eagle Scout project

We got to the overlook area and rested a little. It is up pretty high. I’d like to see how high when the trees below it are full of leaves. It was fun to just hang out there for a while. We then hiked on. We got to a point where someone had blocked off the trail and the vegetation had really grown up past that point. We decided to turn back around and hike back. It was an easy hike back. Up until this point it had been all uphill. Now I just had to make sure I didn’t fall downhill! A hiking pole would have been nice. But hey, hindsight is always 20/20.

My son Dalton at Boone County Cliffs

My son Dalton at Boone County Cliffs


Me at Boone County Cliffs

Me at Boone County Cliffs


I recommend Boone County Cliffs, it’s good for a quick hike, or you can spend time just hanging out enjoying the wildlife. You probably won’t run into too many others on the trail. We had water at my car but a quicker hike we didn’t need to carry it with us. If you’re in the greater Cincinnati area and enjoy hiking and being in the woods definitely check out Boone County Cliffs. Where’s your favorite place for a quick hike? Leave me a comment below.

See more pictures at my Boone County Cliffs SNP flickr set.

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Justin September 23, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Thanks for reading! If you made it this far please add a comment. What’s your favorite outdoor activity?

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