Cincinnati Trail Fest

Trail Fest’s mission is to celebrate Cincinnati Nature and all it has to offer by bringing together the Cincinnati Community and its many resources committed to educating and providing opportunities on ways to recreate responsibly.

All Trail Fest festival proceeds will be going to the Cincinnati Parks Foundation to continue to support even more preservation of Cincinnati Nature for future generations to come.

Cincinnati, OH, United States
From June 5 to
June 5, 2022
1 days
Cincinnati Parks Foundation


Cincinnati Trail Fest

Trail Fest is FREE and open to everyone!

We're welcoming the entire Cincinnati outdoor community from hikers to bikers to water sports, trail runners, campers, backpackers, climbers… everyone is welcome to celebrate!

What will be happenin' at Trail Fest?

  • Speakers with topics about everything outdoors!
  • Activities all day
  • Loads of area organizations
  • Kids area and activities
  • Vendors
  • Music
  • A raffle
  • Local food and beer
  • Fun!
Trail Fest Schedule of Events
*Pre-event: Group Mountain Bike with CORA from the West Fork Trail Head at 10:00am
*Arrowhead Reptile Rescue will be available all day at booth K10
Band Speaker Actvity Activity Activity Hit the Trail!
12:00 Steve Leigh Arrow Adventure Gear Drop Off at Booth 13 12:00
12:30 Orienteering Cincinnati: Learning to Love Being Lost: Orienteering's Got a Map For That! Tri-State Hikers: Leading Events for Hiking and All Other Outdoor Adventures. Booth 1 Rose and Marlene Crafts: Interactive Yarn Spinning for Kids of All Ages! at Booth 24 12:30
1:00 Trail Run the Stone Steps with Mt. Airy Forest Trail Runners. 5 mile Big Loop, 3 mile Small Loop, or both! Meet at the big oval past Everybody's Treehouse Tri-State Hikers: Tips for Solo Female Hikers on the Trail. Booth 1 ^ Kids Storybook Hike with Zoologist Megan Fox 1:00
1:30 The Archeological Research Institute: Our History of the Ohio Valley Basin Arrow Adventure Gear Swap at Booth 13 Cincinnati CARE with adoptable dogs from 12pm-3pm at Booth 15 Tri-State Hikers: Hike 2-2.5 miles about 45min to an hour. Meet at Booth 1 1:30
2:00 Doin A ThAAng Tri-State Hikers: Essentails for Day Hiking. Booth 1 ^ A Casual Saunter with Dani Penn of Cincinnati Hikes 2:00
2:30 Cincinnati Off-Road Alliance: Sustainable trails, trail etiquette, and trail maintenance Tri-State Hikers: Backpacking 101: Choose the Right Gear, Plan Your Ultimate Trip, Be Prepared for Emergencies. Booth 1 2:30
3:00 Tri-State Hikers: Don't Get Lost: A Guide to Wayfnding and Navigation Apps. Booth 1 ^ The Archeological Research Institute: A Walk into the Past 3:00
3:30 Nancy Ball: Are You Afraid of the Woods?? Hiker safety and the 10 Essentials Tri-State Hikers: The Beginners Guide to Hammock Camping. Booth 1 3:30
4:00 Xander Wells ^ Plant Identification with Brian Raaker of Cincinati Hikes Tri-State Hikers: Cook Energizing Meals that Taste Good for your Backpacking Adventures. Booth 1 ^ Kids Photography with Phones with Rob Singh of Cincinnati Hikes 4:00
4:30 RRT: Footwear and Packs, Miles with Smiles Rose and Marlene Crafts: Interactive Yarn Spinning for Kids of All Ages! at Booth 24 Tri-State Hikers: Hiking with Kids: The Good, the bad, and the Ugly. Booth 1 4:30
5:00 Tri-State Hikers: Ways for Women to Feel Empowered Solo Hiking. Booth 1 ^ Amazing Kids Phone Photos with Photographer Cara Harrison 5:00
5:30 Ashley Bishop Ducheney: Kids and Backpacking; Success for kids, from kids... And from Mom! Tri-State Hikers: Hike 2-2.5 miles about 45min to an hour. Meet at Booth 1 5:30 .
6:00 Donna Rose and the Wayward Souls Rose and Marlene Crafts: Interactive Yarn Spinning for Kids of All Ages! at Booth 24 Tri-State Hikers: Backpacking for Beginners: 15 Rookie Mistakes to Avoid Your First Time Backpacking. Booth 1 ^ The Archeological Research Institute: A Walk into the Past 6:00
6:30 Aclipse Campervan: Getting the wind knocked out and taking the next breath Tri-State Hikers: Navigation: The Best Hiking Apps to Keep You from Getting Lost. Booth 1 6:30
7:00 Tri-State Hikers: Not-So-Hidden Treasures: Remarkable Hikes in our Region. Booth 1 ^ Taking Great Outdoor Photos on Your Phone with Rob Singh of Cincinnati Hikes 7:00
7:30 Cincy Hikes: A Cheers to Nati Nature 7:30
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Cincinnati, OH, United States


Cincinnati Trail Fest


Orienteering Cincinnati

Learning to Love Being Lost: Orienteering's Got a Map For That!


If you like hiking or trail running, you'll love trying orienteering. And if you like hiking or trail running, and solving puzzles, and finding treasure, and feeling confident and accomplished, you'll love taking up the world-wide sport of orienteering! And when you find yourself orienteering, you might learn to love being lost.

Amy Lamborg, president of Orienteering Cincinnati, and co-speaker Cora both started orienteering about 3 years ago. For Amy, that represents 5% of her life. For Cora, it represents 25% of her life. Who likes being lost more, Amy or Cora? Come find out!

The Archeological Research Institute: Marcus Schulenburg

With Canoes and Shoes – How and Why People Have Always Traveled to the Ohio Valley


Marcus Schulenburg has been the Senior Archaeologist at ARI since 2019. He has studied the precontact archaeology of the Ohio Valley for fifteen years, specifically focusing on the development of villages ca. AD 1000.  His specialties include the study of ceramic production and the built environment.

As long as people have lived in the Ohio Valley, people have been traveling here, and traveling from here elsewhere throughout the continent. Who lived here? Who visited here? Where did they all come from, how far did they travel, how did they travel, and what brought them here? While we enjoy the hikes and trails around Cincinnati today, this talk will discuss some of the archaeology of the area specifically addressing these topics.

Cincinnati Off-Road Alliance

Trail Maintenance and Sustainability with Trail Specialist Brian Howell


I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. Attended Eastern Kentucky University and graduated with a Bachelors in Recreation and Park Administration with a concentration in Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resources. After graduation I worked seasonally for the next 3 years with the Forest Service in Colorado (Medicine Bow – Routt National Forest) and Alaska (Tongass National Forest) learning about trail maintenance and construction. Following the seasonal work I landed a full-time trail position in Louisville Kentucky working for the Parklands of Floyds Fork. It was here I was able to work alongside the International Mountain Bike Association’s - Trail Solutions crew and began firsthand knowledge of mechanized trail construction. In 2018 I began my position with Great Parks to help plan, design and build more trails in my hometown.

Nancy Ball

Are You Afraid of the Woods??  Hiker safety and the 10 Essentials


Have you noticed that every noise you hear outside your tent sounds exactly like a bear? Do you wonder if you’ll someday have to saw off your own arm? Do you worry about how many stalkers and axe murders are lurking on the trail??

When it comes to hiker safety, there are the things we tend to fear the MOST… and then there are the things we actually SHOULD be concerned about. Nancy Ball, author of “How to Poop in the Woods”, avid hiker, backpacker and adventurer, will help us understand what the real trail concerns are and how to be prepared for them. We’ll debunk a myth or two and discuss the trip-ending accidents that are seen most often by Search and Rescue teams, as well as the circumstances that lead to those rescues. The focus of this session will be on preventing accidents and mishaps. You will also leave equipped with an understanding of 10 essential items to always have with you when you are out on the trail.

Roads River and Trails

Footwear and Packs, Miles with Smiles


Join Experts from Roads Rivers and Trails and find out about the importance of properly fit footwear and backpacks. They will go over fit tips, and model differences that can lead you to a better on-trail experience. Goodbye blisters, it's time for miles with smiles!

Ashley Bishop Ducheney

Kids and Backpacking! Success for kids, from kids… And Mom!


Ashley Ducheney and her kids for a laid back conversation about how to get started backpacking with your kids and tips to help them want to do it again.

Ashley is a Cincinnati Hikes Trail Leader has been backpacking with her kids since they were each 2 years old and so far they still beg to go more often. Mom and kids will share the lessons they've learned and answer your questions about how to have a safe and enjoyable time. All skill levels are welcome. Attendees will determine what we discuss and topics could include hiking motivation, gear, safety, sleeping, bathroom tips, and more. They may even share their favorite motivational song... "This is the hill that never ends. It just goes on and on, my friend..

Aclipse Campervans

Getting the wind knocked out and taking the next breath


This is a story about an unlikely pair who become friends when one of them is sucker punched by life, causing them both to gain perspective and drastically change course. Between getting the wind knocked out and taking the next breath, they realized the strength that was built by spending time outdoors and having adventures in new places with the people they love the most. So between being knocked down, they helped each other get back up, make a plan, and create something they were super passionate about.  Helping people get outside, disconnect, and create memories with their loved ones.

Sofia was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. She came to the U.S. on an athletic scholarship to study college. She has a BA and MBA from Lincoln Memorial University. She loves trail running and exploring new places. Starting Aclipse Campervans has been one of the most exciting adventures. She is passionate about finding new trails, learning to rock climb, and skiing in the winter. She loves living in Cincinnati.

Emily Bruns is a Cincinnati native. She has a BFA from UC, DAAP, and MAAE from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Emily started her career teaching elementary art at Cincinnati Public Schools. Emily grew up spending a lot of time in the outdoors with her family and the Girl Scouts. She is also an avid runner which is how she met her business partner Sofia. In 2019 Emily and Sofia bonded over their love of adventure, travel, and nature.  Emily and Sofia were looking for a new challenge and Aclipse Campervans was born. Emily left her teaching job in order to put all her energy into Aclipse full time in May of 2020.

Cincinnati Hikes

A Cheers to Nati Nature


The mission of Cincinnati Hikes is to create connections for folks. We connect people to the wonderful places and spaces in Cincinnati nature. We host a positive and encouraging place for people to enthuse about the amazing nature we have right here in our backyards and beyond.

We connect people to the incredible outdoor resources that we have here in Cincy. Amazing organizations and small businesses here work on the daily to make nature more accessible and protect it for generations to come.

We're proud to be co-hosts to the very first Cincinnati Trail Fest. We will raise a glass to the incredible organizations and volunteers that made this happen.


Cincinnati Trail Fest

Trail Fest Raffle!

We have over $5,000 in items donated by the local and outdoor community! All of the proceeds for the raffle go directly to the Cincinnati Parks Foundation!

You'll be able to buy your tickets with cash or by donating directly to the Cincinnati Parks Foundation via their website with a credit card on your phone.

Check out some of the awesome items by clicking the button!

Trail Fest Music

Donna Rose & The Wayward Souls

Blues, Blues-Rock, Funk & Soul

Take the smooth vocals of Donna Rose (Moxness-Lawson), add the tasty electric guitar of Jim Lawson, combine with the raw energy of Matt Lawson on bass, Dale Eaton on keys, and Greg Cardell on drums, and you get a highly-charged, multi-generational group that plays blues, blues-rock, funk and soul. Local music veteran Larry Bloomfield joins in on harmonica.

Steve Leigh

Steve’s musical pedigree: back when dinosaurs roamed Cincinnati, he played and sang in the well-known local group Bluestone Ivory. Steve continued to play and sing in local bands (and still does: in the band Toast, along with several old BSI, Haymarket Riot, Heywoods, and Mt. Adams Blind Lemon refugees).

He’s also performed several solo gigs over the last several years at various local venues as well as private gig. On his solo performances, Steve plays a wide variety of tunes from old to new: classic rock, folk-rock, folk, Celtic tunes, a few original songs, along with material that no self-respecting solo singer-guitarist should attempt... but then he has no self-respect. A few of the many artists that Steve covers include: Paul Simon, Richard Thompson, The Byrds, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Sting, Tom Petty, Neil Diamond, Neil Young, and Elton John. He has a playlist of over 100 tunes, covering the gamut of decades and genres -- he’ll have a copy of that playlist for anyone to look at and the audience is welcome to request any tune on the list. 

And if you know the song, feel free to sing along!

Xander Wells

Local Cincinnati singer-song writer Xander Wells, heavily influenced by blues & folk music; natural & authentic amped up acoustic, accompanied by powerful bluesy vocals, resulting in a distinctive roots-oriented sound.

Music available on all streaming platforms. Follow on Facebook & Instagram for updates & shows @xanderwellsmusic