Hiking The Steven Newman Perimeter Trail
The 9th most popular hiking trail in Ohio.
Tuesday 5 July 2016 01:56 GMT
Southeast of Cincinatti and southwest of Williamsburg, the East Fork State Park has a 85 miles of hiking trails. The 37 mile Steven Newman Perimeter Trail is open to hikers and horsemen.
Clermont Countys rolling hills and meandering river valleys provide a colorful backdrop for spacious East Fork State Park. Shaped by the forces of the Illinoian and Wisconsinan glaciers, the East Fork region is characterized by beautiful hill country scenery and is noted for the occurrence of remnant prairie habitats. Illinoian glacial deposits are not common in Ohio but can be observed at East Fork and the surrounding area.
East Forks diverse landscape includes dry-forested hills, rocky cascades, abandoned farmlands, thickly grown floodplains, marshy grasslands and swamp forests. This diversity lends well to an abundance of plant and animal life. Woodlands are composed of beech, sugar maple, red and white oak, shagbark hickory, and wild black cherry. The swamp forests contain silver maple, American elm, sycamore, and black gum. The meadows and remnant prairies contain big bluestem grass and purple coneflower among others.
To reach the trailhead from Cincinatti, take I-471 South into Kentucky to I-275 East. I-275 East to Exit #65, Beechmont Avenue East - Amelia ( Day Use) or Exit #63.
Overall, Steven Newman Perimeter Trail is the 9th most popular hiking trail of all 26 hikes in Ohio.