Summer Fun: Miami's Natural Area Trails

Friday, July 28, 2017

Looking to get outside this summer while having fun with the family? Then take some time exploring Miami University’s nature trails! The university has 17 miles of natural areas, made up of 11 different trails. So whatever your preference is, you’re bound to find a few favorite trails for the whole family to enjoy.

Get to know a little bit more about each natural area below:

Bachelor Wildlife and Game Reserve

Given to the university by former Miami professor Dr. Joseph M. Bachelor, these 416 acres of land include over six miles of trails. Make sure to check out Harkers Run Creek, a scenic trail in the area!

College Wood

Discover interesting species of trees within this 16-acre area. Access to the woods is just outside of Oxford, off Route 27 on McKee Avenue.

Reinhart Reserve

Reinhart Reserve was donated to the university in 1991 by Dr. and Mrs. Roy Reinhart. The reserve sits on 45 acres of land and includes meadows, streams and springs, all connected by walking trails.

Silvoor Biological Sanctuary

Enjoy this 2.5-acre area of land, donated to the university in 1978. You won’t want to miss the large wildflower garden that includes over 60 species of flowers. During the spring months, enjoy a guided walk through the sanctuary with a naturalist.

Kramer Woods

Donated to the university in 1987 by Paul and Edith Kramer, this 12-acre area includes many hiking trails. Special to this area is a variety of hills for hikers to enjoy. Don’t miss out on the view from the top!

WRA and Cabin

Enjoy the large loop that encompasses much of this 26-acre area of land. Access to the area is available by reservation only, so please call 513-529-2266 for more information.

Four Mile Creek Area

Running along Four-Mile Creek, trails in this area include a variety of features. From the historical DeWitt Cabin to Miami University's riding stables and horse pastures, there’s a lot to see on these trails.

Western Woods

Located on the eastern and southern sides of Miami University’s Western Campus, these 100 acres of natural areas include many scenic trails. Filled with oaks, beeches and maples, these woodlands are definitely a community favorite.

Beck Reserve

Running along Four-Mile Creek, this reserve consists of hillsides and scenic views of the woodlands.

Peffer Woods

Consisting of trails and a recreational park, Peffer Woods is sure to be a memorable visit for the whole family. The area sits on 80 acres of land and has hiking trails that connect to Peffer Park.

Timothy J. Marcum Trail

Located behind the Marcum Memorial Center, this trail includes slopes and flood plains that run along Route 73.

For more information about Miami University’s Natural Areas, please visit The Natural Area’s website. For a map of the trailheads and areas, please click here.