PRESS RELEASE: Greater Cincinnati is the Outdoor Mecca of the Midwest – Here’s Why

June 08, 2017 12:04 PM | Anonymous

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                      
For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
Kristin Weiss, kristin@greenumbrella.org513.541.1538
Executive Director, Green Umbrella 

Greater Cincinnati is the Outdoor Mecca of the Midwest – Here’s Why

CINCINNATI, OH – In honor of Great Outdoors Month and the third time that Cincinnati will be hosting the Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit – both taking place this June, Green Umbrella compiled the top 10 reasons why Greater Cincinnati is the outdoor mecca of the Midwest. To see how the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky metro area ranks in terms of access to outdoor adventure, greenspace, and locally-grown food, we gathered national accolades and asked park managers, regional planners, health department officials, conservation leaders, outdoor outfitters, canoe liveries, paddling enthusiasts, bicycling and trail advocates, local food gurus, and more. Here’s what they said:

1. Trails: Where else in the Midwest can you access 23,000 miles of long distance trails and a local network of 330 miles of multi-use trails, 250 miles of hiking trails, 80 miles of on-road bike lanes, and 60 miles of mountain-biking trails? We're also home to the Little Miami Scenic Trail – the third longest paved trail in the country.

2. Greenspace: Our verdant topography features scenic hilltops and abundant greenspace – over 101,000 acres of protected greenspace to be exact. A leader in these conservation efforts is Great Parks of Hamilton County, which alone preserves and protects over 17,000 acres of greenspace.

3. Parks: Cincinnati's park system is ranked Top 10 by the Trust for Public Land which ranks the "Parkscore" of the 100 Largest Cities (and we have the most top 10 rankings). Local favorites include Smale Riverfront Park, Washington Park, and Eden Park but don’t forget to check out Mt. Airy Forest.

4. Paddling: We have 5 rivers (FIVE!) that flow year-round with nearly 6,000 stream miles in the region which support 14 canoe/kayak/SUP board liveries. One-of-a-kind local events celebrating these waterways include The Ohio River Paddlefest - one of America’s largest paddling events and the largest SUP race in Midwest, and the oldest triathlon with a canoe/kayak leg replacing the traditional swim portion at Morgan’s Canoe.

5. Tree Canopy: Ohio has been ranked #1 in Tree City USA Communities for 37 years by The Arbor Day Foundation, and regionally over 280,000 trees have been planted through the Taking Root campaign.

6. Outfitters: We are proud to have over 60 outdoor outfitters and bike shops to support the outdoor active living that we enjoy year-round with our 4-season moderate climate.

7. Local Food: With more than 90 restaurants and cafes that source locally, nearly 60 farmers markets including Findlay Market – Cincinnati’s thriving open-air market, PLUS 34 craft breweries, our region's commitment to locally-grown food is serious (and seriously delicious).

8. Sample the Outdoors: Every September, adults and kids alike can sample the region's best outdoor recreation and nature awareness programs during Great Outdoor Weekend with 100+ free activities in 3 states over 2 days.

9. Equity: Cincinnati just received a Playful City USA designation by ensuring that kids in our community, particularly from low-income families, get the active play they need to thrive. Local initiatives connecting low-access communities to the great outdoors include Outdoor Adventure Clubs, Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo, and Everybody’s Treehouse.

10. Best in Class: We've got the greenest zoo, the oldest observatory, and the largest member supported nature center in America, a certified green marathon, a bike share program with over 50 stations, and world class climbing just two hours away at Red River Gorge.


Green Umbrella is the leading alliance working to maximize the environmental sustainability of Greater Cincinnati. With major funding from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and Interact for Health, we drive collaboration to fuel measurable improvements in key areas of sustainability. Our vision is to have the region recognized as one of the top 10 most sustainable metro areas in the nation by 2020. For more information or to become a member, please visit

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