60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Cincinnati PDF Print E-mail
Written by Linda Palacios   
Monday, 05 October 2009 00:46

60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Cincinnati
While skyscraping buildings make for a nice skyline, skyscraping trees make for a nice hike. Learn how one local woman passes on her outdoor expertise through her area hiking guidebook.

Countless gyms offer great ways to stay in shape and maintain a healthy lifestyle, but the rows of treadmill, elliptical, rowing and cycling machines only reinforce the idea that you have to put work into your workout. Local author and hiking enthusiast Tamara York offers a more adventurous alternative with her recently released book, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Cincinnati.


Hiking allows you to take a break from all of the technology of the world and go back to basics to reconnect with nature. The importance of this connection comes through in Robert Louv's book Last Child in the Woods, which discusses "nature deficit disorder." Without a regular dose of nature, the disorder sets in, and the stress builds up without giving you a chance to unwind.


So, as the title suggests, York's book offers insight into tested trails in and around the Tri-State area to prevent that nature disconnect. The hikes are organized by state (Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky), but York includes a helpful "Hiking Recommendations" section to guide those looking for a more specific type of hike. The recommendations break up the hikes into mileage categories and provide listings for hikes with various topographical finds (cliffs, lakes, waterfalls, etc.). This section also gears hikers to kid-friendly trails as well as paths suitable for strollers, wagons or wheelchairs.


 Each of the 60 hikes included in the book comes with brief and detailed descriptions written by York after she had hiked the trail at least twice, but many she had hiked the trail three or more times and with her husband and two young daughters. (And York hiked several additional hikes and narrowed it down to the select 60 featured in the book.) The longer description provides so much detail that one of York's readers bought three copies of the book.


100509HEALTH2.jpg"He was buying one for his daughter and one for his mother who couldn't get out and walk because at least that way she could still quote, unquote 'be' outside because he said that when you read these, it feels like you're walking along with somebody on this hike," York says.


In addition to the lifelike description, each hike includes a trail map, GPS coordinates and directions. The real help, however, comes with the "key-at-a-glance information," which includes everything from the trail and hike length and configuration to sun exposure and scenery.


Beyond the hikes, York provides a wealth of information about hiking in general as well as hiking in the Tri-State area specifically. She discusses the historical background of the area from battles over salt to fossils of ocean creatures.


"We live here, and we don't realize what a cool area we live in. People from around the world come to Cincinnati to fossil hunt," York says. "We're on an area of land called Cincinnati Arch, and that denotes the entire era of eons where sea creatures were collected into a shallow ocean basin."


To satisfy your practical side, York provides information about what to wear, what to bring and what to expect when hiking. A couple appendixes also help fill you in on local hiking resources. And this information can help beginning and advanced hikers alike.


To have a better feel for the information in the book, read a free hike of the Cincinnati Nature Center from Menasha Ridge Press, the publishers of the 60 Hikes within 60 Miles series. To go ahead and get your hands on the book, pick one up at area bookstores, including Joseph Beth Booksellers, Barnes & Noble, and Borders. The book is also available for purchase at The Benchmark Outdoor Outfitters and Nature Outfitters.


Top Photo: Courtesty of Menasha Ridge Press

Bottom Photo: Courtesy of Tamara York

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