Gilmore Ponds Loop
ElevationAscent: 22' 7 m
Descent: -21' -6 m
High: 625' 191 m
Low: 605' 184 m
GradeAvg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 2% (1°)
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“A run with the best birding in the region.”— Chris Davis
About a mile in on the old Miami-Erie Canal Towpath, you'll see the old ice pond that served the Cincinnati area for centuries, now it is home to some amazing waterfowl. Continuing on, you'll turn a tight right and pass along another series of ponds, this one has an observation deck that you can make your way out onto, and really immerse yourself in the marsh.
As you pass several spur trails, you'll see an observation tower that is a great place to just sit and be still, in addition to hiding yourself from the birds that are skittish.
You'll then pass into open prairie and another small pond where mallards are often seen, cross a small bridge through that area and you are almost back to the platform and boardwalk.
Land Manager: Metroparks of Butler County