The beauty of southwest Ohio’s rolling landscape has a different charm in the winter — there’s the snow-covered trees, the crunchiness of snow under your boots, the natural brightness of the outdoors and the crisp, outdoor smell to the chilly air.
Here in Oxford, Ohio, there are plenty of options for some enjoyable winter hikes. Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean you can’t bundle up and enjoy this beautiful winter!
Enjoy less traffic on the trails and some fresh air while staying active and making new memories with the whole family. We’ve gathered together a list of five trails in Oxford that are sure to provide you with some beautiful, snowy hikes. These are just a few options for winter hikes in Oxford and the surrounding area; for a full list of hiking opportunities, please visit Enjoy Oxford's attractions page.
Enjoy a wide, pet-friendly path that links to the Miami University natural areas. The trail begins at Leonard G. Howell Park and connects to Oxford’s historic Black Covered Bridge. Take a few minutes to enjoy some impressive views of the creek while you're there! Perfect for a winter hike, this snowy trail is sure to bring a smile to any nature-lover.
Update: In October 2019, a groundbreaking took place for Phase 2 of the trail which is predicted to be completed by the fall of 2020! Stay up to date on the progress of the Oxford Area Trails by following along on Facebook.
A local favorite among Oxford residents, Hueston Woods State Park has over 200 acres of forested area — perfect for an afternoon of hitting the trails. With 12 different hiking trails, all of various experience levels, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy! The quietness of the trails during the winter encourages appreciation for the beauty of this park’s woodlands and icy Acton Lake. Be sure to stop in the lodge after and warm up with some hot cocoa!
Take a hike in a historically-rich area of Oxford — the DeWitt Log Homestead and enjoy a wide, paved path that’s pet-friendly. On your hike, enjoy the DeWitt Homestead — former home of Zachariah Price DeWitt and now the oldest standing log cabin in Oxford. When Miami trustees were looking for a place to build Miami University in 1810, it is said that Zachariah DeWitt recommended the land west of his home, at the crest of the hill — the site where the university is located today. While the cabin isn't open for tours during the winter, visitors can enjoy the outside, as well as some informational plaques around the cabin. Just up the trail from the cabin, enjoy some birdwatching at Miami University Natural Area's Bird Blind that overlooks horse pastures. There's a lot to see on this trail — you won't want to miss it!
With 135 acres of woods, Indian Creek Metro Park offers various hiking options with beautiful scenery. Its most well-known trail is the Indian Mound Trail, perfect for hikers of any experience level. The park surrounds Indian Creek, bordered by picture-perfect bluffs and hillsides. Additionally, Indian Creek Metro Park includes two pioneer cemeteries that have resting war veterans from the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and the War of 1812.
Winding around the rolling landscape of Miami University is 17 miles of university-owned hiking trails. The snow-covered trails invite you to explore the area and see where on campus you end up! Navigate your way through the trails easily, with the many maps located along each trail. Find trailheads on Western Campus behind Peabody Hall or by the Equestrian Center on Oxford Trenton Rd.
While not a trail, we can't neglect to mention the Western Pond (across the road from Peabody Hall) at Miami University. Gorgeous cobblestone bridges and old fashioned lamp posts make this a truly magical scene any time of year but especially when covered in snow. Brave the cold and check out this beautiful, hidden spot on Miami's Western Campus.