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Hiking, Walking, Jogging

With over 17 miles of trails in over 1000 acres, these Natural Areas are ideal throughout the year for outdoor use.

student hiking across a hanging bridge in the natural areas

Hiking Trails

The trails (except WRA) are all connected so whatever length of time or distance you desire, it is available. The trails have signs at all intersections with "you are here dots" showing just where you are. All signs point north so you can easily see where you are going and where you have been. Hiking clubs frequently choose the Natural Areas for their outings. Both a virtual and printable trail map are available.

a bee pollinating a flower

Wildflower Walks

You can view 60 species of wildflowers across the five-acre Silvoor Biological Sanctuary on a guided wildflower walk. The walks are led by a professional botanist from Miami University and children's activities are provided on some dates. 2024 walks will be held on Sundays at 1:00 p.m., March 24 - May 12. Meet your guide at Peffer Park Pavilion.

a student and dog hiking the trails during hike-a-thon


Every fall, Hike-A-Thon celebrates the outdoors and the exciting progress of the newly paved Oxford Area Trail and Miami University Natural Areas Trail systems. This event is family-friendly, pet-friendly (with a leash), and wheelchair accessible.


Orienteering is a sport that involves racing and navigation. Each participant is given a topographical map and a compass to help them locate multiple control points across an unfamiliar terrain. The winner is determined by time, or by scoring points. It tests one's skills in navigation, concentration, and running.

The Orienteering Club in Cincinnati has frequent events in the Natural Areas. Check their schedule to learn when and where the next event takes place.

A permanent course is located at Hueston Woods. Maps can be bought from OCIN, or the campground store (open seasonally).

a path through the woods

Community Service

Because the Natural Areas are so cherished, many individuals and groups, volunteer their time to ensure these areas are kept clean and tidy. After the spring and fall rains, litter is deposited along the stream beds that flow through the areas. Litter blows onto the trails from nearby roads and streets. And, less frequently, litter is dropped by users of the trails. Volunteers are many, including local Friends of the Natural Areas, Honors and Scholars Students, United Parcel Services and various student organizations. Contact the Natural Areas Field Manager at 513-524-2197 or

student shoveling mulch outside