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The Great Outdoors

Get out and explore the wonder and beauty of the great Ohio outdoors. Butler County, Ohio is the perfect place for a wildflower walk, fishing fun, going on a long bike ride, or taking your pup out for adventure. We've put together a list of 10 family-friendly outdoor experiences and activities for you to explore and enjoy in Butler County.


1. Bull's Run Arboretum

Bull's Run Arboretum

Photo: Bull's Run Arboretum

Take a relaxing and scenic hike at Bull's Run Arboretum in Middletown. Bull's Run features abundant wildlife, bird feeding stations, an arboretum including labeled trees, the last remaining free-flowing section of the historic Bull's Run creek, and mulched trails.


2. Voice of America MetroPark

Voice of America MetroPark

Pack a picnic and bring your furry family member to Voice of America MetroPark in West Chester. VOA MetroPark is home to a 35-acre stocked fishing lake, a scenic and paved 1.4 mile path around the lake, and the popular Wiggly Field Dog Park


3. Thomas O. Marsh Park Fishing Lake

Thomas O Marsh Fishing Lake

Photo: City of Fairfield

Grab your poles and tackle box and head to the lake at Fairfield's Thomas O. Marsh Park Fishing Lake. This 45-acre pay lake features 4,000 feet of accessible shoreline and is regularly stocked throughout the season with carp, catfish, crappie, bass, bluegill, northern pike, and more!


4. Rentschler Forest MetroPark

Rentschler Forest MetroPark

Rentschler Forest MetroPark is over 400 acres, including acres of woodlands and scenic trails for hiking. You can also take a bike ride, go fishing with the family, and relax with a picnic lunch at this scenic park in Fairfield Township.


5. Nation Road Horse Rental

Nation Road Horse Rental

If you're looking for a scenic and serene afternoon, look no further. Nation Road Horse Rental in Oxford, Ohio offers guided trail rides for riders of all experience levels. 


6. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Museum

Photo: Instagram @eclectickurves

Experience art in nature at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum. Over 80 monumental sculptures dot the landscape. Explore the rolling hills, meadows, lakes, and hiking trails all while admiring beautiful pieces of art.


7. Dudley Memorial Park

Dudley Memorial Park

Planning a fall getaway? Dudley Memorial Park in Liberty Township is the perfect place to surround yourself in autumn's bold colors, and crunch some leaves below your boots on a hike. Grab a sit on the bench near the pond to watch the wildlife and relax.


8. Great Miami River Trail

Great Miami River Trail

The Great Miami River Trail encompasses 99 miles of beautiful paved trails, river, and connections to several different communities in Butler County. This stretch of vibrant riverfront is full of activity options. Enjoy kayaking, canoeing, fishing, admire lush greenery and wildlife, ride your bike, and stop at great restaurants along the way.


9. FurField Dog Park

FurField Dog Park in Fairfield

Photo: Instagram @memphisthespottedpup

Take your dog to a pup paradise in Fairfield, the brand new FurField Dog Park! FurField features multiple play areas, a pond with zero-entry edge, plenty of parking, and shaded spots for resting.


10. Governor Bebb MetroPark

Governor Bebb MetroPark

Take in some fresh air and history at this preserve in Okeana. The Governor Bebb MetroPark features a historical pioneer village, nature trails, a covered bridge circa 1850, rustic camping, and picnic areas.