Enjoy a prehistoric Ohio adventure on the Sharon Woods Gorge Trail

Enjoy a prehistoric Ohio adventure on the Sharon Woods Gorge Trail

My name is Sarah and I am a writer and editor here at OnlyInYourState. Born and raised in Buckeye State, I am endlessly inspired by this beautiful country of ours and feel like I lived in the Pacific Northwest in a past life. As a mother of four, I’m always on the lookout for new adventures, and despite living in Ohio for 35 years, I’m constantly amazed by the state’s natural beauty. Enough about me – welcome to OnlyInYourState’s Adventure Logs.

Adventures abound in Buckeye State, especially in my little corner of the southwestern state of Ohio. Cincinnati is known as the queen city, but it might as well be called the Green City, as it is home to world-class city *and* county parks, the former of which ranks among the best public park systems in the nation. Sharon Woods is one of Hamilton County’s great parks, and it is perhaps the most popular and accessible. Perfectly located, it spans 730 acres of beautiful Ohio woods, wilderness, waterfalls…and fossils. Yes, fossils! And you’ll find these prehistoric relics along one of the most beautiful trails in all of Ohio: the eponymous Sharon Woods Gorge Trail.

In these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list at a later date.

the Sharon Woods Gorge Trail is located in the eponymous Sharon Woods, which you can find at 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, Ohio, 45241. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk, year-round. Admission to Sharon Woods is free; however, you will need a Great Parks of Hamilton County Vehicle Permit to enter. The cost of a year motor vehicle license is $10/year for Hamilton County residents and $16 for all other park visitors, and provides access to all 21 parks and preserves in the Hamilton County Great Parks System.

For another prehistoric adventure in Buckeye State, head to Trammel Fossil Park, an off-the-beaten-track spot (also in Sharonville!) where kids can learn about Cincinnati’s rich history, dig for fossils, and then take their discoveries home. And the best part? Admission to this hidden Ohio gem is free!

Address: Gorge Trail, Sharonville, OH 45241, USA